Technology

Private tracks best venue to test self-driving cars, key U.S. senator says

3:16 pm U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Self-driving cars would be "better" tested on private test tracks than on public roads, said a U.S. senator who has authored several bills on advanced vehicle technologies, after Google disclosed injuries in its latest accident involving a prototype....
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Volvo seeks power boost with Polestar tuning unit

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Volvo Cars has acquired Swedish race car maker Polestar's tuning division and will use the name for an expanded high-performance line to challenge Mercedes-AMG and BMW's M models....
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RICHARD TRUETT

All self-driving cars will need V2V capability

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

Two SUVs on a California street try to merge into the same lane at the same time and get too close. Happens all the time. Except these two vehicles were self-driving cars....
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Google self-driving car was rear-ended July 1, causing minor injuries

11:07 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

One of Google's self-driving cars was involved in an accident early in July, in which three people were injured when a vehicle equipped with Google technology was rear-ended by another vehicle, the company said....
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Former GM researcher, auto safety expert Donald Friedman dies at 88

1:14 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Donald Friedman, a former General Motors researcher and auto safety consultant, died last month in Southern California. He was 88....
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Autoliv agrees to buy M/A COM automotive tech unit for $100 million

6:58 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Swedish auto safety products supplier Autoliv agreed to purchase the automotive unit of semiconductor provider M/A COM Technology Solutions for a base price of $100 million plus incentives and fees....
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PSA exec foresees single regulation for diesel and gasoline emissions

July 17, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen's chief engineer for downsized gasoline engines foresees a day when there is a single regulation for diesel and gasoline emissions. Denis Fourchon also told Automotive News Europe that diesels will struggle to remain Europe's top powertrain as gasoline engines become more fuel efficient....
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Michigan driverless car testing site opens Monday

11:01 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

The University of Michigan will officially open its new testing site for connected and driverless cars on Monday. The 32-acre testing grounds, called Mcity, are designed to simulate urban and suburban roads with a network of controlled intersections, traffic signals, streetlights, sidewalks, construction obstacles and more, the university said in a statement....
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Subaru recalls 32,400 Imprezas to fix potential airbag problem

10:07 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Subaru of America is recalling some Impreza compact cars for an issue with the occupancy detection system that can prevent the front passenger airbag from deploying during a crash....
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Mobileye offers alternative route to Google's driverless future

8:06 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Automotive technology supplier Mobileye's plans for bringing hands-free driving to market marks a contrast with the headline-grabbing effort by Google, whose moonshot, bottom-up approach aims to transform the auto industry in one dramatic sweep. Mobileye is already making money with systems that lay the stepping stones toward a driverless future....
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Skoda makes new Superb smarter and more spacious

July 15, 2015 06:01 CET

Skoda has loaded its Superb midsize car with semi-autonomous driving technology typically found on more expensive vehicles....
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M-B's 2017 E class ups the ante on self-driving

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

Mercedes-Benz will add expanded and new autonomous-drive technologies to the next-generation E class, which arrives next spring....
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Bosch sees automated driving assistance systems generating 1 billion euros in sales

July 13, 2015 14:15 CET

Bosch expects the rapid growth of automated driving assistance systems to earn the supplier 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in annual sales by 2016....
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ArcelorMittal to use microbes to make fuel from waste gases

6:42 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

ArcelorMittal, the world's biggest steelmaker, plans to use waste gases from its steel operations to produce low-carbon fuel for vehicles....
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Volvo CIO says 'virtual safety' will be core value at Swedish premium brand

July 13, 2015 07:48 CET

Volvo's IT boss says the automaker's commitment to safety includes the promise to protect its customers from having their vehicles hacked. Klas Bendrik also explained to Automotive News Europe why he believes the company's connected car features need to be easy to use, affordable and provide tangible benefits....
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Sign up for 40 Under 40 online hangout

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

Five Automotive News 40 Under 40 Retail honorees will share their insights into "Selling cars in the era of transparency" in a 30-minute online hangout at 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 16....
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Uconnect changes for '16 include 'Do Not Disturb' function

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

FCA is updating Uconnect for 2016 with new features, including Do Not DIsturb and a cutomizable drag and drop menu bar....
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GABE NELSON

Self-driving cars make ethical choices

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

Car companies don't usually get sucked into philosophical debates, but right now they're facing a big, thorny question: how the self-driving cars of the future will decide who will live and who will die....
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Local Motors prepares 3-D car production

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 11, 2015

The world's first fleet of 3-D printed cars is on its way, startup Local Motors said, but you won't see a mass-produced 3-D car anytime soon....
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Hyundai-Kia, tech firm get $6M U.S. grant to develop wireless EV charging

3:20 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Hyundai-Kia's U.S. technical center is teaming up with a wireless power technology company to research and develop a high-speed wireless charging system for electric vehicles....
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Carmakers tell tech partners to keep hands off our data

8:48 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Carmakers are limiting the data they share with technology partners Apple and Google through new systems that link smartphones to vehicle infotainment systems, defending access to information about what drivers do in their cars....
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Audi, BMW, Mercedes in stand-off with Nokia over bid for maps business, report says

July 9, 2015 12:19 CET

Audi, BMW and Mercedes have reached a stand-off with Nokia in their joint bid to buy the Finnish company's maps business HERE, while rival offers appear to be unravelling, sources familiar with the process said....
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RICHARD TRUETT

BLOG: So far, F-150's rivals are mostly sticking with steel

11:45 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

The big switch from steel to aluminum may not happen. So far, other than Ford, automakers have shunned complete aluminum bodies for their pickups....
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Mercedes readies advanced safety tech for next E class

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will introduce a new suite of advanced safety and autonomous driving features on the redesigned E-class sedan next spring. Calling the new features “real life safety,” Mercedes-Benz executives say the intelligent and safety systems bring its vehicles closer to accident-free and autonomous driving....
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Trouble selling grandma's cars sowed seed for $1 billion startup

6:35 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Auto1 values and buys used cars from individual sellers based on its own inventory and that of dealerships and manufacturers that use its platform. It then sells them on for a higher price to dealerships....
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