Vehicle Technology

BMW puts i8 at center of tech-based campaign

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
BMW is learning that what distinguishes the ultimate driving machine can be a matter of taste. To win over the growing ranks of wealthy car buyers who care more about technology than horsepower or heritage -- think Tesla fans -- the German brand is delivering its message through a new marketing vehicle: the i8....
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LEARNING CURVE

Ford schools dealers on high-tech 2015 Mustang

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 20, 2014
Ford is concentrating on the 2.3-liter engine and other high-tech features in intensive training sessions designed to educate dealership salespeople....
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Ford and Lincoln get connected with Apple's Siri

4:23 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 17, 2014
After years of negative customer reviews of its in-car voice-recognition technology, Ford may solve some of its lingering issues by partnering with Automatic Labs. Soon, drivers will be able to ask Apple's Siri system about the weather and turn on their home thermostat from the wheel of their Ford or Lincoln, the automaker said Tuesday....
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Ford bites back at Apple hype: Your tech's old news

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
During the Apple Watch two-hour webcast, Ford used its main Twitter account and the hashtag "#wegotthat2" to joke that its products already offered many of the new devices' most alluring features....
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BEST PRACTICES

Dealerships' tech team offers training for all

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
A few years ago, Ford's quality ratings began to take a hit from consumers who found its MyFord Touch infotainment system less than user-friendly....
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Q&A

Tenneco cuts emissions with quick warm-up

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
In Jan. 1, 2017, EPA's stricter Tier 3 emissions standards will kick in, affecting the 2018-25 model years. Tenneco Inc., a major supplier of exhaust systems and emissions equipment, is getting ready....
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EDITORIAL

The long road to autonomous cars is also lucrative

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2014
Completely autonomous vehicles will come in stages, not by the imminent introduction of a complete door-to-door driverless system. That was clear at last week's Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Detroit. It was a welcome dose of reality, but the underlying message was upbeat....
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Raising the temperature fast

How automakers, suppliers are preparing for tougher emissions rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 14, 2014
The EPA's stricter Tier 3 emissions standards take effect in 2017. To meet the standards in the early years, automakers will adopt well-known technology to increase engine efficiency. Then the hard work starts....
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Tackling the next parallel-parking challenge -- unparking

1:13 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2014
Ford has found the automated parking feature offered on several of its nameplates works pretty much as it’s supposed to. The vehicles steer themselves into parallel-parking spots, relieving owners of one of the most challenging and nerve-wracking driving maneuvers....
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RICHARD TRUETT

The connected car -- circa 1956

1:30 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
It turns out that the dream of self-driving connected cars is an old one. Back in the 1950s, GM futurists envisioned a highway system that included a “Safety Autoway” that contained metallic strips embedded in the road. Those strips would be read by cameras and sensors on the road and be used to help control a car's speed and direction....
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GABE NELSON

The self-driving car may be guided by emotion

5:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
No matter how mind-blowing the idea of the self-driving car might be, and no matter how huge its potential to change the world, it is still a product like any other. It needs a strong value proposition, not just a wow factor, to enter the mainstream....
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Universal map accuracy will be crucial to autonomous vehicles, transport official says

3:54 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Michigan transportation chief Kirk Steudle today shared stories of some GPS mishaps to highlight one of the critical issues facing autonomous vehicles: They’ll need precise mapping to lead them....
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Audi plans to take over the wheel in stop-and-go driving

12:56 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2014
Audi AG plans to roll out technology to enable autonomous driving in urban traffic, joining companies promoting features to ease the strain of operating a car....
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Major roadblocks still exist for driverless cars, panel says

8:43 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Improving sensor technology, solving legal issues and getting real-time mapping and traffic information into vehicles are three roadblocks that need to be removed before driverless cars can take to the roads, a panel of experts concluded Monday in Detroit....
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Bill Ford touts automakers working with small tech startups

10:54 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
As the world evolves toward a radically altered transportation network with autonomous cars, ride-sharing services and electrified vehicles, traditional automakers need to work with small startup companies that provide new technologies, Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford said....
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Verizon to launch app for car sharing, rentals

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 8, 2014
Wireless telecommunications giant Verizon today announced plans to introduce a new smartphone app that would allow rental car customers to unlock a vehicle....
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'Smarter' cars still looking for direction

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 6, 2014
The car of the future, as it's being developed today, is a rolling Internet hot spot, a node on a vast network of vehicles, a high-speed mobile computer capable of analyzing its surroundings in a blink and making precise, split-second decisions in response....
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Delphi lands GM for vehicle-to-vehicle warning system

5:19 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 5, 2014
Delphi Automotive PLC said it has lined up a contract to produce a vehicle-to-vehicle communication device that will warn drivers of possible accidents. General Motors later confirmed it was the customer for the system....
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Autonomous car era brings risk of hijacking by hackers

5:04 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
The prospect of autonomous cars being controlled by remote navigation and computer systems is troubling to government regulators and law enforcement agencies. Self-driving vehicles could be exposed to threats from hackers who could hijack cars and potentially control them remotely, turning them into mules for criminal purposes or even using them as weapons....
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Mobileye Q2 revenues jump, sees strong growth in 2014

3:43 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2014
One month after going public, Mobileye posted lower net income but sharply higher revenue on strong demand for its camera-based systems that help drivers avoid collisions....
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Toyota will expand active safety systems to entire U.S. lineup

9:34 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 3, 2014
Toyota Division plans to make active safety technology -- including anti-collision systems -- available throughout its entire lineup in the United States by 2017, said Bill Fay, Toyota Division's general manager....
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VinSolutions promotes 2 managers after exec departs

2:39 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 2, 2014
Dealership software supplier VinSolutions has promoted two of its top managers, effective immediately, upon the departure of executive Brian Skutta, the company said today....
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Suppliers unveil the future at world car-tech conference

9:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2014
The upcoming ITS World Congress 2014 in Detroit will highlight the global transportation industry's future of connectivity, safety and automation. The Sept. 7-11 event, which is in Detroit for the first time, is a big step for suppliers, local and global, to introduce the technology that's making up more of their bottom lines....
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Automakers still dogged by Bluetooth glitches, Power study finds

4:03 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 28, 2014
Bluetooth technology aims to leave drivers hands-free, but some drivers end up connection-free, according to a study of multimedia quality and satisfaction released today....
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WANTED: WEBMASTER

Funding-strapped feds search for someone to run the 'Internet of cars'

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2014
While federal officials and researchers today envision a so-called Internet of cars that would make driving safer by linking vehicles through a wireless network, they have all but ruled out funding, building or running it themselves....
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