Vehicle Technology

Ford F-150 targets mpg title with super fuel economy option

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 coming from Ford Motor Co. this fall will try to recapture fuel economy bragging rights from Chrysler's Ram 1500 by offering a "super fuel economy" or SFE package....
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M-B, Infiniti engines get global input

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
To source fuel-efficient engines for their new small, premium cars, competitors Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti joined forces to create the Infiniti Powertrain Plant. Its an engine plant that is a little bit German, a little bit Japanese, a little bit American and very much global....
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Tape emerges as go-to wonder bond

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Time was, any vehicle worth its mettle was a lumbering construct of solid steel welded together by fiery robots. But increasingly, today's cars are being held together in ways other than hot-fused metal. Tape is the new go-to bonding agent....
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NSK: Electric power steering saves fuel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
NSK Ltd., a Japanese auto supplier best known for its ball bearings, sees a big future in electric power steering as carmakers rush to boost fuel economy. But its engineers are avoiding steer-by-wire technology now coming to market....
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Electric turbocharger eliminates lag, Valeo says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2014
French supplier Valeo has developed an electric turbocharger that it says eliminates "turbo lag." The new turbocharger is powered by an electric motor instead of exhaust gases....
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Suppliers may offer cameras to watch drivers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 2, 2014
Many of the cars on sale today carry as many cameras as a cluster of paparazzi, pointing five or more lenses at lane lines and blind spots to assist drivers. The next step, experts say, could be cameras that observe the driver instead of the road....
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Mobileye shares surge 48% after $890 million IPO

11:25 am U.S. ET | Aug. 1, 2014
Shares of Mobileye NV soared 48 percent in their market debut today as investors bet that the race by automakers to improve safety ratings would boost demand for the company's unique camera-based systems that help drivers avoid collisions....
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Many drivers are ready for autonomous cars, survey says

5:02 pm U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
A significant percentage of drivers are ready for their cars to do the driving for them. In a study conducted in June by Insurance.com, 32 percent of the 2,000 licensed drivers surveyed said they would not continue to drive themselves once a self-driving car became available....
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Self-driving tech attracts ZF to TRW

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2014
Self-driving cars are years away, but their lure is prompting ZF Friedrichshafen AG, a German supplier of transmissions and other mainstream products, to consider buying TRW Automotive, said ZF's finance chief....
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Nissan needs to be in the fast lane on self-driving tech, Ghosn says

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Nissan Motor Corp. CEO Carlos Ghosn, who last year pledged to have self-driving cars ready by 2020, readily admits that the technology is a "long way from commercial reality" and a "regulatory minefield." That is exactly why he wants to hit the technology hard and fast right now....
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WATCH THE ROAD

New head-up displays could change views for drivers and the industry

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 21, 2014
Head-up displays with "augmented reality," the technology that employs much of the windshield as a display area for data and images, is poised to significantly change how drivers see the road....
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ZF needs TRW's tech know-how, CFO says

8:54 am U.S. ET | July 19, 2014
ZF Friedrichshafen believes buying TRW Automotive would give it a better foothold in the market for self-driving and connected cars, its finance chief told a German paper....
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Tesla asks hackers at Beijing contest to report vulnerabilities

8:26 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Tesla Motors, whose Model S sedan is the target of a hacking contest in Beijing starting today, said it will investigate and rectify any vulnerabilities discovered as a result of the competition....
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Automated cars may boost urban sprawl, fuel use, Toyota scientist says

10:44 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
Toyota says the appeal of autonomous cars carries the risk of adding to urban sprawl and pollution as they may encourage commuters to travel farther to work....
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VW sets sights on Apple-like model updates with speed task force

1:04 pm U.S. ET | July 16, 2014
VW plans to mimic the fast-paced rollouts of products made by the likes of Apple to adapt quicker to changing customer demands for technology in its cars....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Experts disagree on how to handle massive data from self-driving cars

July 16, 2014 06:01 CET
Experts have differing views on what to do with the mountain of data that is likely to be generated by autonomous vehicles when computers control much of our cars' functions in the future....
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Driverless cars will require industry shift, Nissan scientist says

10:17 pm U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
Automakers intending to bring driverless cars to market need to work as much on software design as mechanical engineering, the researcher leading Nissan’s automated-vehicle program says....
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Obama touts progress on 'talking' cars

11:20 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2014
President Barack Obama highlighted government-backed research on technology being developed by companies including Ford and Toyota to allow cars to communicate with each other....
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Toyota ponders awd for next-gen Prius

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
The next generation of the Toyota Prius, the world's best-selling hybrid, will offer a lithium ion battery and possibly an all-wheel-drive option....
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KEITH CRAIN

A contradiction or a cornucopia?

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 14, 2014
This has to be the best time for consumers. Whatever you want, a car company is more than ready to sell you a vehicle to fulfill your wishes....
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ZF-TRW combination could spark more supplier deals

4:02 pm U.S. ET | July 11, 2014
German supplier ZF Friedrichshafen's takeover offer for rival TRW Automotive looks unlikely to draw rival bids for the Michigan-based company, but could trigger further deals down the line, bankers and analysts said today....
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Toyota r&d boss: EVs in need of a Nobel idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
The technology needed to make electric vehicles viable hasn't even been invented yet, says Mitsuhisa Kato, Toyota's global r&d chief....
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EDITORIAL

Reducing driver distraction with a carrot, not a stick

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2014
Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay disable the screen of the hand-held device while it's connected....
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GM dealers learn how to pitch 4G technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2014
GM is embarking on the industry's broadest deployment of embedded 4G LTE technology, which will be delivered through OnStar. GM is rolling it out on 30 nameplates across its four brands for the 2015 model year, starting with the '15 Chevy Malibu that began arriving in dealerships in mid-June....
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RYAN BEENE

Hyundai's safety tech video shows what a sales pitch can't

2:16 pm U.S. ET | July 3, 2014
The biggest problem with selling consumers on the idea of active safety technologies is that unless you experience what happens when they intervene, it's hard to fully appreciate their potential....
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