Vehicle Technology

Smartphones may have role in 8.1% rise of U.S. traffic deaths

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

The number of deaths from traffic accidents in the U.S. jumped 8.1 percent in the first half of 2015, suggesting smartphones and other driving distractions could be making America's roadways more dangerous....
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Rivian Automotive to build r&d center for high-tech vehicles in Mich.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Livonia automotive design and engineering firm Rivian Automotive LLC plans to invest $29.5 million and add 174 jobs at a new Dearborn r&d center to develop high-tech vehicles, rather than court talent in Florida and Silicon Valley....
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Technology upgrades zoom into small cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

High-end technology is quickly making its way into compact cars that were long conceived as cheap, basic transportation....
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Hyundai's tech trickles down to Elantra

4:30 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Hyundai's sixth-generation Elantra will come crammed with safety and connectivity technology to fend off a newly redesigned Civic and Nissan Sentra. Like the larger Sonata, the new Elantra sheds some of its former curviness in lieu of clean lines, premium touches and Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille....
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Buick's 3rd-gen LaCrosse adds sophistication, technology

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 18, 2015

Buick is counting on a svelte redesigned LaCrosse to carry on as the brand's flagship and draw more buyers to a declining big-sedan market. The 2017 LaCrosse borrows from the sleek Avenir sedan concept that Buick showed in January -- its front end, including the wing-shaped element in the grille, bears a strong resemblance....
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Faurecia, Stanford to study motion sickness in autonomous cars

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Interiors supplier Faurecia is teaming up with researchers at Stanford University to study an often-overlooked problem with autonomous cars: motion sickness....
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Ford reboots 2017 Escape with 2 new engines, stop-start, safety upgrades

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Ford is making substantial changes to the Escape crossover, giving the exterior a more rugged, upscale look, and adding safety technology from more expensive vehicles. The 2017 Escape gets a redesigned interior and two new four-cylinder EcoBoost engines, both of which come packaged with stop-start to improve fuel efficiency....
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New Camaro's light show

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 16, 2015

The 2016 Chevrolet Camaro's available specialty interior lighting makes you say, "Wow."...
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BLOG: Why Tesla leads larger auto players in big data

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

Tesla could give established automakers lessons on how to maximize big data. “They are already more advanced,” says Matthias Bentenrieder, who specializes in big data at consultancy Oliver Wyman....
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Ford to test autonomous vehicles at Mcity

5:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 13, 2015

Ford will begin testing autonomous vehicles at Mcity, a simulated facility at the University of Michigan, to speed up research of advanced sensing technologies....
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Audi sees A4 causing segment shake-up

Nov. 11, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi executives are optimistic the arrival of the new A4 will give the Volkswagen Group subsidiary the boost it needs after being overtaken by Mercedes-Benz for second place in global premium car sales....
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Audi speeds up infotainment and driver assistance innovation

Nov. 10, 2015 06:01 CET

Audi's innovative electronics architecture has dramatically shortened the time the brand needs to introduce more powerful processors for in-car infotainment and driver assistance systems, Audi's head of electronic development, Ricky Hudi, explained to Automotive News Europe....
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BLOG: How Akio Toyoda got sold on self-driving cars

6:47 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Akio Toyoda, an amateur race-car driver and big-time car buff, used to say until recently that he wouldn't be a true believer in autonomous vehicles until a self-driving car could beat him in a race around Germany's famed Nurburgring circuit....
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What's behind Toyota's big bet on artificial intelligence?

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Silicon Valley tech giants such as Google and Apple have deftly marshaled their software expertise to muscle in on the traditional car industry. Now Toyota Motor Corp. is pushing back with a $1 billion challenge to them on their home turf....
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Toyota plans $1 billion U.S. outlay to advance artificial intelligence

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 5, 2015

Toyota said it is investing $1 billion to form a U.S.-based r&d company to develop artificial intelligence as an underpinning technology for future vehicles and manufacturing....
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Steve Jobs considered building an Apple car in 2008

10:21 am U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2015

Count Steve Jobs among those curious about what an Apple car would look like. In 2008, not too long after the Apple co-founder introduced the iPhone, Jobs was considering the possibilities of a much bigger gadget....
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Honda's exotic powertrain tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 2, 2015

Honda is readying a number of exotic powertrain technologies: from a new generation of plug-in hybrids and ultra-lean burning engines, to 10-speed transmissions and hydrogen fuel cells....
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Samsung, a smartphone giant, readies belated push into auto technology

11:14 am U.S. ET | Oct. 30, 2015

Samsung Electronics, the world's top smartphone maker, and its group companies are making a belated push into the business of supplying technology to carmakers, while rivals are already lining up lucrative deals with an industry that is notoriously difficult to enter....
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GM CEO Barra to keynote at 2016 CES

4:45 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 29, 2015

General Motors CEO Mary Barra will be a keynote speaker at the 2016 CES electronics trade show in Las Vegas, the Consumer Electronics Association said Thursday....
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Nissan IDS Concept an autonomous-driving Transformer

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

Nissan, aiming to take leadership in electric and autonomous cars, debuted its vision for both in a new concept whose interior reconfigures like a Transformer robot. The super-sleek IDS Concept showcases a host of new technologies Nissan is developing in its push to roll out increasingly sophisticated autonomously driving cars by 2020....
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Car owners can modify vehicle software, U.S. copyright authorities rule

4:41 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

Car owners and computer security researchers can modify automobile software without incurring some U.S. copyright liability, according to new guidelines issued this month that had been opposed by the auto industry....
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Delphi, Quanergy team up on low-cost lidar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Delphi Automotive Systems, working with a Silicon Valley startup, says it plans to bring a new, solid-state lidar system for self-driving cars to market for less than $1,000 per car....
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Mapmaker seeks standard for the cloud

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

In this connected-car age, a BMW that skids on a patch of black ice could upload a message to a central database, prompting a warning for another BMW headed toward the same spot....
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Smart wants to get smart about urban mobility

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2015

Smart wants to win over buyers to its microcar by offering extra perks through a smartphone app. They'll be able to find parking spots in some cities through the app, and Smart is developing more ideas, including a possible car-sharing function with friends....
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Nissan's prototype Leaf tests new autonomous technology

7:05 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2015

Nissan, aiming to put autonomous vehicles on the road by 2020, has unveiled its latest prototype, a sensor-laden Leaf electric vehicle that can change lanes, pass cars and merge onto and off of highway by itself. The system previews a new technology called Piloted Drive 1.0 that Nissan says it will offer in Japan by the end of next year....
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