R&D

Alcoa plans new r&d center for advanced 3D printing processes

11:45 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Metals company Alcoa said today it will invest $60 million to expand its r&d center in Pennsylvania to explore ways to make 3D printing viable on an industrial scale to produce parts for the aerospace, automotive and construction sectors....
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Lear buys downtown Detroit office building

10:16 am U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2015

Seating and electronics suppler Lear has purchased a 50,000-square-foot building in downtown Detroit for an undisclosed price....
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PLANT LIFE: PART 2

Honda's factory fix: Robots

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Honda's Alabama assembly plant replaces one of the industry's most innovative engine lines with enough automation to brace for the future....
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EDITORIAL

Industry must stop wasteful spending before it's too late

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

The auto industry must come to grips with its prodigious excess in capital spending. As explored in this week's installment of the Automotive News series "Industry on Trial", automotive companies keep reinventing their own versions of common hardware....
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A FRESH START

Automakers scout the startup world for next-wave technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2015

Automakers get it: It’s risky to ignore the fountain of ingenuity found at startups. That’s why they’re using "hackathons" and other efforts to tap the innovation flowing into the car business....
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VW spent two years trying to hide a security flaw

6:49 am U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Thousands of cars from a host of manufacturers have spent years at risk of electronic car-hacking, according to expert research that Volkswagen has spent two years trying to suppress in the courts....
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Mapmaker's team of rival automakers may expand

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

As they spent $3.1 billion to acquire Here, the auto industry's dominant map supplier, Audi, BMW and Daimler sent a message to rivals: Don't fear us. Join us....
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EDITORIAL

Conventional wisdom on industry needs rethinking

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 10, 2015

Even in the midst of its best profitability in decades, the global auto industry faces a strategic threat to its existence. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles CEO Sergio Marchionne said it: The industry makes meager profits while burning huge amounts of capital....
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VW plans big role for Chattanooga engineers

3:13 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Volkswagen's new U.S. engineering office will have critical responsibility when it is fully staffed and operational later in this decade. The office will create new models adapted to U.S. tastes, a key goal for the German automaker....
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Michigan governor markets state's automotive high-tech future

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has kicked off a new marketing campaign, entitled “We Run on Brainpower.” The goal is to remind engineers that Michigan is the place to go for jobs in automotive high tech innovation....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

BLOG: Back when Detroit had to learn efficiency from Japan

9:26 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2015

People here at the Management Briefing Seminars are talking about the urgency to embrace new information technologies to run better factories, reduce wasteful practices and empower workers to make processes work better. I'd like to point out how easy these ideas and tools are to come by today....
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Army eyes self-driving convoys

3:52 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

The United States Army is getting ready to conduct road tests of automated truck platoons, in which convoys of computer-guided vehicles follow each other on paved or dirt roads....
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Q&A

GM, Honda join forces for one fuel cell design

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2015

Nearly two years have passed since General Motors and Honda announced their partnership to develop hydrogen-powered fuel cell vehicles. Charlie Freese, GM's general director of global fuel cell engineering, spoke recently about the partnership with Staff Reporter Richard Truett....
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R&D HUB

Honda flexes research muscle with new Silicon Valley center

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

Honda last week opened to journalists its new 35,000-square-foot Silicon Valley r&d lab, where it has united once-disparate strands of its research work and connected them with a technology incubator for other potential research partners....
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Driverless driving induces a range of anxiety on road

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

When Delphi engineers undertook a nine-day, 3,400-mile journey from San Francisco to New York in a driverless research vehicle in March, they got some interesting reactions from other motorists....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Why Toyota can set the car-tech agenda

1:28 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Alix Partners assessed the ability of automakers to pay for the cool but expensive technology about to flood into vehicles. Perhaps to no one’s surprise, Toyota was by far the best-positioned....
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ZF to invest $71M in Mich. tech center

3:54 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

German auto supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG plans to spend more than $71 million and add 571 jobs by expanding its technical center in suburban Detroit....
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Lexus builds functional hoverboard prototype

11:23 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Toyota is heading back to the future. The Lexus brand has actually built a working model of a hoverboard. It's real, but not for sale. Yet....
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Ford moves to advanced stage of autonomous car development

12:00 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Ford said its work on autonomous vehicles has moved into the second of three phases, shifting "from a research effort to an advanced engineering program" that brings the technology closer to production....
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Denso sees 15-year wait for self-driving car

3:30 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

The technology to make cars fully autonomous probably won't be established until at least 2030, according to Toyota's largest supplier....
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Toyota launches $126 million r&d expansion in Michigan

11:00 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2015

Toyota broke ground today on the $126 million expansion of its Technical Center in Michigan. The expansion includes a new prototype facility for vehicle development, additions to the powertrain development facility and a supply center. The construction is expected to wrap up in late 2016....
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Magna, Durr plan new operations in Michigan

3:14 pm U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

A Magna International subsidiary and Durr Systems both have been approved for Michigan state incentives for new operations planned in suburban Detroit....
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Ford draws up plans to modernize research, engineering hub

2:15 pm U.S. ET | June 7, 2015

Ford is embarking on a 10-year plan to modernize its research and engineering hub in Dearborn and consolidate the majority of its 26,000 local employees there in reconfigured and updated office and testing space....
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IndyCars test Honda, Chevy engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 16, 2015

The Chevrolets and Hondas that millions of Americans drive have at least one thing in common with the high-revving, single-seat open-wheeled cars that will be zipping around the track during next Sunday's running of the Indianapolis 500 - the engineers who develop the cars....
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GM to invest $1 billion to expand, renovate Mich. tech center

8:30 am U.S. ET | May 14, 2015

General Motors, in a long expected boost for its r&d activities, will invest $1 billion to expand and renovate operations at its technical center in suburban Detroit. The plans for the 310-acre campus include new design studios and a multi-story IT building....
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