Technology

DAVE GUILFORD

Nobody needs a safety-tech nanny

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

Automakers like to say they are transforming cars into rolling computers or rolling smartphones. In doing so, they should take care not to turn their products into rolling smoke detectors. Let me explain....
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GM delays rollout of Super Cruise

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

General Motors' Super Cruise autonomous driving technology will debut on the Cadillac CT6 sedan sometime in 2017, at least several months later than the fall 2016 on-sale date the company announced in September 2014. The system allows hands-free highway driving even while in traffic....
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U.S. seeks to clear autonomous-car hurdles

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

U.S. highway safety officials plan to take several steps this year to clear the way for autonomous vehicles -- including those designed to operate without a driver -- to hit the streets in large numbers....
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GM and Ford will be tested by slowing global auto demand

5:41 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

A looming slowdown in global auto demand will test General Motors and Ford as they try to funnel more cash to shareholders while still investing adequately in new vehicles and technology....
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WESLEY WREN

BLOG: Is Toyota turning the Mirai into a mobile network server?

12:45 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2016

Toyota wants to alleviate the data bottleneck that happens while using a standard mobile network....
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Supplier Roechling extols engine encapsulation

6:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

German supplier Roechling Automotive is betting the next step in aerodynamic technology is something called engine encapsulation....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

BMW tailors its pitch to the young and wealthy

5:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

BMW of North America knows millennial customers are the future for the industry, but it wants the top 1 percent -- those with a household income of $150,000-plus, says the company's CEO....
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Jonas describes the gap between traditional automakers and newcomers

4:12 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Defending against interlopers is almost impossible for the traditional auto industry, Adam Jonas says. Newcomers are just as smart and better heeled, but more importantly they see the business differently, the managing director of Morgan Stanley said....
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The stampede to put new tech in lower-priced models

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Rapidly evolving technology is upending the traditional pecking order in the luxury car market, which until now has operated on the principle that bigger is better. Mercedes-Benz and a host of others are quietly changing the rules....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Autonomous cars will challenge technology infrastructure, panelists say

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Twenty years from now, the auto industry will have tens of millions self-driving vehicles on the road, but it may require automakers to share data with municipalities -- and each other....
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HANNAH LUTZ

BLOG: With a whiff, Ally aims to stand out

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

What's your car scent? A blend of cappuccino, hairspray, lipstick and yoga mat? Or is it a mix of bonfire, axle grease, flannel and beard?...
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Luxury brands tap mobile software experts to polish premium cachet

8:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Software expertise has become the new battleground for luxury automakers as the latest premium cars compete on high-tech innovations rather than sheer power or luxury, something that requires millions of lines of code....
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Auto industry's fuel economy goals are in trouble

9:32 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

In private meetings late last year, U.S. regulators and automakers staked out preliminary -- and opposing -- positions in a debate about the companies' ability to boost fuel economy 50 percent to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025....
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Obama to discuss self-driving cars in State of the Union

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

President Obama plans to talk about the prospects for self-driving cars in his final State of the Union address tonight, according to government officials, the first time the president has used the annual speech to tackle an important issue facing the auto and technology industries....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Magna to stay flexible on tech partnerships

6:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Fresh on the heels of his company's acquisition of transmission supplier Getrag last week, Magna CEO Don Walker said he sees no slowdown in the pace of consolidation among auto suppliers....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Toyota won't rush to fully autonomous vehicles, Lentz says

6:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

While Google’s gumdrop-shaped self-driving car is logging thousands of miles on the streets of California, don’t expect to jump in the backseat of a Toyota anytime soon for a robot-chauffeured ride....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Google is hunting self-driving partners, Krafcik says

6:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Most automakers and suppliers see self-driving cars arriving at the end of a long, step-by-step process. Google wants to skip straight to the endgame. Nevertheless, the search engine giant is turning to industry players for help....
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U.S. plans initiatives on autonomous cars, industry safety collaboration

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

U.S. Transportation officials plan to announce new initiatives this week aimed at accelerating adoption of autonomous vehicle technologies and a significant deal intended to foster closer collaboration between automakers and the government on safety issues....
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World auto sales expected to grow to 89 million vehicles in 2016

3:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

German supplier Continental AG expects global production of cars and light trucks to grow only slightly in 2016, to 89 million vehicles from about 88 million in 2015....
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Conquests key to Volvo S90 success, Samuelsson says

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Volvo will need to lure more than half of the buyers for the new S90 luxury sedan from conquests, an even higher rate than the redesigned XC90, CEO Hakan Samuelsson says....
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With 2017 E class, Mercedes aims to renew a hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Mercedes-Benz faces a crucial test when its redesigned 2017 E class goes on sale this summer. Sedan sales are stagnating in a U.S. market increasingly dominated by trucks. To counter the trend, Mercedes has packed a bigger but lighter, more coupelike car with advanced technologies....
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EPA official: Low fuel prices, slow EV sales won't influence review on 54.5 mpg

1:11 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Cheap gasoline and slow sales of hybrids and electric vehicles will not influence the midterm review of the government's proposed 54.5 mpg fleet average fuel economy standard for the 2025 model year, Christopher Grundler, the EPA's director of transportation and air quality, told Automotive News today....
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Ford to launch FordPass parking app and 'FordHub' spots in major malls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

In addition to space in the garage, Ford wants a spot on consumers' smartphone screens. And it wants spots in major shopping malls to promote new types of mobility services....
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Ghosn says carmakers must woo consumers to autonomous cars

11:27 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Consumers are not asking the auto industry to move into autonomous-drive cars, but manufacturers must take them there by “giving them a lot of benefits,” says Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. He cited two: safety and mobility for older drivers....
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Schaeffler Group seeks growth in electrified powertrains

10:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

German supplier Schaeffler Group expects significant growth in its electric and hybrid powertrains business, CEO Klaus Rosenfeld said Monday at the Detroit auto show. He cited specific projects under development for automakers....
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