Gestamp to open r&d center near DetroitMon, 22, Aug 2016
Spanish metal stamper Gestamp's North American unit plans to open a new r&d center north of Detroit in Auburn Hills, Mich., later this year.
Routes diverge in the race to remove the fallible driverSun, 21, Aug 2016
Ford has staked its future on a grandiose moonshot, taking more time to test exhaustively before making one giant leap to full automation. Meanwhile, Uber, GM and Tesla are more gradually shifting responsibility from the driver to the vehicle, essentially putting customers in the midst of their development processes.
Automakers, suppliers struggle to find and keep talentFri, 19, Aug 2016
The increasing stream of engineering openings -- coupled with lower unemployment, less labor force participation and growing North American vehicle production -- underscores the need for the auto industry to attract and invest in younger workers. And not just engineers.
Ford to make autonomous cars for ride-hailing, ride-sharing by 2021Tue, 16, Aug 2016
Ford today said it plans to introduce an autonomous vehicle by 2021 for use in a ride-hailing or ride-sharing service. Ford said the vehicle would be “specifically designed for commercial mobility services” and built in high volumes.
Cultures clash in race to self-driving carsMon, 15, Aug 2016
As companies such as Google race to bring autonomous cars to market, the cultural divide between academic types and corporate types is surfacing publicly.
Suppliers jump on awd innovationMon, 15, Aug 2016
As consumers line up for crossovers and other all-wheel-drive vehicles, suppliers report big new demand for a technology that delivers awd only some of the time.
Tapping the brakes on automationMon, 15, Aug 2016
Automakers are trying to find the right balance of human and robot workers.
Toyota launches $22 million r&d partnership with University of MichiganWed, 10, Aug 2016
Toyota Research Institute CEO Gill Pratt said today the institute will funnel $22 million into a partnership with the University of Michigan the next four years to boost r&d in artificial intelligence, autonomous driving and robotics.
Toyota executive maps out the future of 'computers on wheels'Wed, 03, Aug 2016
Artificial intelligence, robotics and the cloud will result in vehicles that are safer, more personalized and better connected to other cars, infrastructure and smartphones, said James Kuffner, chief technology officer at Toyota Research Institute.
American Axle poised to open Detroit tech centerTue, 02, Aug 2016
American Axle & Manufacturing, the Detroit manufacturer of driveline systems, is on track for the formal opening of its $30 million Advanced Technology Development Center this year, according to Nigel Francis, the supplier's vice president of advanced engineering and electrification systems.
Big data stirs visions of 'mobile machinery'Mon, 01, Aug 2016
The next vision for auto plant operations? Robots that cruise the factory floor deciding on their own what they'll do next.
Suppliers embrace, test 'collaborative' robotsMon, 01, Aug 2016
Manufacturers are preparing to take the next big step in automation -- so-called “collaborative” robots that can work in close proximity to human workers. Magna International's Ian Simmons says the Canadian supplier is testing such robots for eventual use on assembly lines.