R&D

Self-driving 2.0: Cars pass, change lanes

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2013
Even as automakers introduce technology that lets cars drive themselves in congested highway traffic, their engineers and suppliers already are working on the next steps, such as automatic passing and lane changing.... Read More »

 

Getrag CEO expects big gains from dual clutches

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 11, 2013
German transmission maker Getrag foresees massive growth. By 2020, the supplier aims to produce 6.9 million transmissions a year, up from 3.9 million in 2012.... Read More »

 

Hyundai r&d president, 2 other execs resign over quality problems

Nov. 11, 2013 16:23 CET
Hyundai's research and development president, Kwon Moon-sik, and two other executives resigned over a string of quality problems.... Read More »

 

Stanford's Nass, pioneer in autonomous vehicle research, is dead at 55

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 4, 2013
Clifford Nass, one of the industry's leading researchers in human interaction with autonomous vehicles, died over the weekend of a heart attack. He was 55.... Read More »

 

Chrysler to study electrification, lightweight alloys in Canada

11:25 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2013
Chrysler Group has entered a five-year, $18.2 million research partnership with McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, to develop electric powertrains and components.... Read More »

 

Ford, University of Michigan open battery lab

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2013
Ford and the University of Michigan are opening a battery laboratory in Ann Arbor to speed development of electrified vehicles, the automaker said today.... Read More »

 

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Mercedes tech boss expects B-class EV to top BMW i3, others

Oct. 11, 2013 06:15 CET
Daimler r&d chief Thomas Weber believes that the Mercedes B-class Electric Drive will outpace the BMW i3 and other competitors in the fast-growing EV segment.... Read More »

 

Goliath GM takes a close look at the auto industry's David, Tesla

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2013
In Wall Street's retelling of the biblical Book of Samuel, GM is Goliath and electric car maker Tesla is David, the would-be giant slayer. Faced with this prospect, GM CEO Dan Akerson and Vice Chairman Steve Girsky assembled an internal task force to study Tesla's playbook, test-drive its best-selling Model S and figure out what lessons might be applied.... Read More »

 

Ford's Russia venture plans r&d center

Sept. 27, 2013 10:43 CET
Ford Sollers, Ford's Russia joint venture, plans to create a new research and development center in the country to adapt Ford vehicles for the local market.... Read More »

 

Cadillac preps to take on Tesla, GM CEO says

2:18 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 23, 2013
General Motors CEO Dan Akerson says Cadillac is preparing to take on electric car maker Tesla Motors, a newspaper reported.... Read More »

 

GM's step-by-step approach toward self-driving cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2013
Aside from the red emergency stop button and the top-secret display screen that visitors may not photograph, the Cadillac SRX prototypes being tested in Michigan look just like the production cars. Except these vehicles drive themselves.... Read More »

 

Nissan to expand EV lineup to 5 models

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 26, 2013
Blowing off media speculation that its bold ambitions for electric vehicles might have cooled, Nissan Motor Co. says it will expand its global EV product line to five models.... Read More »

 

Chrysler assembly plant gets Fiat paint shop

Aug. 23, 2013 06:01 CET
The merging of Chrysler and Fiat manufacturing systems will take a step forward early next year when a 935,000-square-foot (86,865-square-meter) paint shop opens at Chrysler's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit.... Read More »

 

Geely to offer vehicles jointly developed with Volvo in 2015

9:48 am U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2013
Geely Automobile Holdings, whose Chinese parent bought Volvo Cars in 2010, will start selling vehicles jointly developed with the Swedish company in 2015 as it competes with foreign brands at home.... Read More »

 

Space robot research could help improve vehicle communications, Ford says

Aug. 22, 2013 06:01 CET
Ford is teaming up with researchers at the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia to study communication between robots at the International Space Station and Earth in the hope of developing better systems for connected cars.... Read More »

 

Space robot research could help improve vehicle communications, Ford says

2:48 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2013
Ford is teaming up with researchers at the St. Petersburg Polytechnic University in Russia to study communication between robots at the International Space Station and Earth in the hope of developing better systems for connected cars.... Read More »

 

Chrysler assembly plant gets Fiat paint shop

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2013
The merging of Chrysler and Fiat manufacturing systems will take a step forward early next year when a 935,000-square-foot paint shop opens at Chrysler's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant in suburban Detroit.... Read More »

 

Bosch: Clutch-by-wire prevents stalling, boosts mpg

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2013
Robert Bosch's eClutch system could help put manual transmissions back on car buyers' shopping lists. The eClutch eliminates two things drivers dislike most about cars with stick shifts: stalling and frequent use of the clutch pedal in stop-and-go traffic.... Read More »

 

Suppliers are snapping up smaller robots to boost productivity, reduce worker strain

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2013
North American suppliers are on a pace to boost robot purchases 22 percent to a record 7,872 units this year.... Read More »

 

North American automotive robot sales slip 5% through June

3:02 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2013
Although robot sales in North America reached a record high this year through June, automotive robot sales slid 5 percent from the year-ago period, according to the Robotic Industries Association.... Read More »

 

Akerson demands GM innovation to guard against Tesla effect

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2013
As GM CEO Dan Akerson sees it, Tesla Motors has the potential to be a disruptive force in the automotive industry and he doesn't want to be caught off guard. The former telecommunication exec has assigned a small team to study billionaire industrialist Elon Musk's upstart electric-car maker and how it might threaten the 104-year-old automaker's business... Read More »

 

Faurecia opens technical center, new headquarters in China

July 18, 2013 14:54 CET
Faurecia has opened a technical center in suburban Shanghai that will also function as the supplier's new China headquarters.... Read More »

 

UK gov't, carmakers will invest in engine research

July 13, 2013 06:15 CET
The UK government and the auto industry will invest 1 billion pounds ($1.5 billion) in a research center to develop low-carbon technologies and help secure the jobs of 30,000 people working in the country's car engine supply chain.... Read More »

 

GM, Honda latest to join forces on fuel cells

July 2, 2013 14:36 CET
GM and Honda will partner to develop a common system for fuel cell vehicles with the goal of getting them into showrooms by 2020, the companies said.... Read More »

 

GM, Honda latest to join forces on fuel cells

8:36 am U.S. ET | July 2, 2013
General Motors and Honda will partner to develop a common system for fuel cell vehicles with the goal of getting them into showrooms by 2020, the companies said today.... Read More »

 

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