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COMMENTARY: DAVE GUILFORD

Which road to self-driving tech will win?

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

The auto industry has an increasingly bipolar view of autonomous vehicles. The basic question is whether to go all in or install limited doses of self-driving technology. Let's look at the two poles....
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Porsche 911 plug-in hybrid decision to come this year

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

Porsche AG is considering whether to produce a plug-in hybrid version of the 911 sports car, and company leaders will make a decision later this year. Porsche CEO Matthias Mueller says plug-in technology will help save fuel and also boost vehicle performance....
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Google, Delphi disclose crashes in self-driving cars

7:17 pm U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Four experimental self-driving cars have had fender-benders on California roads since September, when the state first required companies such as Google to hold permits for testing on public roads, according to a new report....
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Mobileye wins 2 contracts for its EyeQ4 chip

11:38 am U.S. ET | May 11, 2015

Mobileye, the Israeli designer of camera-based Advanced Driver Assistance Systems, or ADAS, for active safety and automated driving, has won two contracts to outfit vehicles with its EyeQ4 chips as standard equipment by the end of the decade....
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'Nutty' demand has Tesla rethinking battery market

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

Musk says Tesla's stationary batteries may need twice as many battery cells as its cars, signaling that Tesla may not be a car company forever....
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Mitsubishi mulls EV crossover as Evo heir

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

Mitsubishi is about to discontinue the Lancer Evolution, yet the Evo name may survive in the form of a speedy plug-in crossover....
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German carmakers may need help to bid for Nokia's high-tech maps

May 10, 2015 14:10 CET

German automakers may need help to buy Nokia's mapping unit as a rival bid from Uber signals interest from Silicon Valley players. High-definition mapping has emerged as a key feature for autonomous driving and connected car services....
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Uber joins German automakers in seeking to buy Nokia's mapping service

May 8, 2015 10:29 CET

Uber Technologies has submitted a bid for HERE, Nokia's maps business, for as much as $3 billion, a report said. The offer is competing with a bid by a group of German automakers, including BMW, Audi and Mercedes, which are teaming up with Chinese Internet search engine giant Baidu on a deal....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Self-driving cars are a lot closer than you think

6:42 am U.S. ET | May 7, 2015

Each year, bit by bit, cars will become more fully autonomous as the industry bakes “driver-assist” technology into packages of safety options. Gadgetry that five years ago seemed like science fiction is quietly becoming commonplace in a range of models, from luxury Audis to middle-market Subarus....
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Daimler to test self-driving trucks in Nev.

6:39 am U.S. ET | May 6, 2015

Daimler has been granted a license by Nevada to test self-driving trucks on public roads, as the U.S. and Europe race to establish a regulatory framework for autonomous vehicles....
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Automakers seek to delay tougher EU emissions testing

May 6, 2015 14:59 CET

European carmakers want a three-year delay to new rules that would reduce the fuel-saving claims they can make for their vehicles, a report says. The EU wants to tighten vehicle testing to close loopholes such as driving on an unrealistically smooth surface and taping up car doors and windows....
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Average U.S. fuel economy fell in April

1:37 pm U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

The average fuel economy of light vehicles sold in the US dropped one-fifth of a mpg last month from March, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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TomTom eyes autonomous cars

6:49 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Dutch navigation company TomTom aims to become a main provider of technology for self-driving cars as it charts its way back to success after seven lean years, CEO Harold Goddijn said....
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Hyundai Mobis moves fast on autonomous tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 4, 2015

Hyundai Mobis, South Korea's biggest supplier, is moving fast to bulk up its autonomous drive technology program, to boost the competiveness of the safety systems of its most important customer: The Hyundai-Kia group....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Which approach to autonomous driving will win?

3:57 pm U.S. ET | April 29, 2015

When it comes to autonomous driving technology, the basic question boils down to whether to go all in or install it in limited doses....
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Can automakers unplug connected cars?

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

In the era of over-the-air software updates, automakers will happily add new features. But what happens when they decide to take them away?...
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Tesla hit by hackers on Twitter, media-relations email accounts

8:14 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Tesla's Twitter feed and its media-relations email account were hacked Saturday, with the electric-car maker becoming the latest victim of online vandals....
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GM to give Kettering University $4 million for proving ground, powertrain lab

6:38 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Kettering University, which taught General Motors leaders such as CEO Mary Barra, is getting a $4 million gift from the carmaker to build a proving ground and powertrain test lab....
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GABE NELSON

Auto industry should cheer Tesla Motors' battery play

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

When it unveils its first batteries for homes and businesses this week, Tesla Motors will no longer be a car company. It will be an energy company, competing against electric utilities just as it has gone after the car market....
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Innovation inspires suppliers along with industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

The 21st annual Automotive News PACE awards were handed out April 20 at the Max M. Fisher Music Center here. The awards are sponsored by EY, the Transportation Research Center Inc. and Automotive News. Fourteen awards were won by 12 suppliers. Continental Automotive and Federal-Mogual Corp., won two awards each....
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Toyota: Output of fuel cell cars will top out at 3,000 a year

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Japanese customers have a three-year wait for Toyota's new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell car, because the automaker can't make more of the cars. Using existing manufacturing technology, Toyota predicts output will top out at 3,000 fuel cell cars a year....
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Futurist sees self-driving cars as a given

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 27, 2015

Self-driving cars aren't just possible. They're inevitable, says Ray Kurzweil, the inventor and futurist who's now director of engineering for Google....
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Where the heck is Apple CarPlay?

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

Validation testing has delayed the rollout of Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto, showing the challenge of updating cars at smartphone speed....
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SAE WORLD CONGRESS

Driverless cars and the big conundrum

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

If autonomous driving is Megatrend No. 1 in the global industry, the matter of how to handle the human interface may be Conundrum No. 1. It was a hot topic last week as auto executives debated the technology of driverless cars during SAE's annual world congress in Detroit, an event that attracted thousands of engineers....
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Jaguar adds horsepower to the dashboard

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

Jaguar Land Rover is not known for cutting-edge dashboard computers, but a lightning-quick navigation system in the redesigned XF sedan may change that....
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