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Automakers asked by U.S. senators for details on cyber security

12:55 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

Two U.S. senators have asked the world's biggest automakers for information on steps they have taken to protect cars from being hacked, as attention on vehicle security has surged following the first car recall over a cyber bug....
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BMW will 'step up' digital features

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

The next frontier for BMW AG is growing the digital end of its business, both in its vehicles and the retail environment....
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BMW to 'step up' digital features

2:15 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 16, 2015

The next frontier for BMW is growing the digital end of its business, in vehicles and on the retail front. New consumer programs will focus on service and making it more seamless. In vehicles, improved connectivity and even autonomous driving “will weave itself into all of our next architectures,” the brand's top sales and marketing executive says....
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Google does not intend to become a carmaker, executive says

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Google does not intend to become a vehicle manufacturer, the company's managing director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland said today at the Frankfurt auto show....
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OnStar's updated mobile app offers shopping options, coupons

12:11 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

General Motors drivers looking for cheap places to eat, sleep and shop might be in luck with a new update to OnStar's mobile app....
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Continental, Valeo developing mirror-eliminating camera technologies

3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Suppliers Continental and Valeo are hoping to turn rear- and side-view mirrors into relics of the past. The German and French suppliers kicked off the Frankfurt auto show today by touting how their camera-based systems can improve safety, reduce drag, and create more opportunities for design innovation....
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Suppliers advance in mass market safety tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 12, 2015

Lidar, a kind of radar based on laser beams instead of radio waves, is moving closer to becoming a mass-market safety technology. Toyota is putting a lidar system from Continental in at least two 2016 nameplates, while another supplier is offering a high-end system intended for fully automated cars....
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Automakers commit to making automatic braking standard

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 11, 2015

A broad group of automakers have agreed in principle to equip all their new vehicles with automatic emergency braking technology as a standard feature in the near future. The group includes Audi, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo....
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Honda gets California approval for self-driving cars on roads

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

Honda has received a permit from the state of California to drive its autonomous vehicles on public streets, joining companies ranging from Google to Volkswagen in testing the fast-growing technology....
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Toyota applies for patent that could lead to flying car

6:59 am U.S. ET | Sept. 9, 2015

Toyota filed for a patent on a feature that could lead to flying cars. Application 20150246720, published in the database of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Sept. 3, covers a “stackable wing for an aerocar.”...
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Toyota invests $50 million in artificial intelligence for smarter cars

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Seeking to make cars better at avoiding crashes, Toyota will spend $50 million over five years to set up joint research centers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University, the Japanese automaker said today. Toyota has also hired a robotics expert from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, a Pentagon r&d division that has played a pivotal role in the development of self-driving cars....
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Wireless car updates to save billions, transform service experience, IHS predicts

11:55 am U.S. ET | Sept. 4, 2015

Over-the-air software updates are set to save automakers billions of dollars over the next decade and could fundamentally alter the relationship between drivers, automakers and dealerships, an IHS Automotive study reported....
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BLOG: Is there room under the Blue Oval for Ranger, Bronco and Troller in U.S.?

11:15 am U.S. ET | Sept. 1, 2015

Ever since Ford dropped the midsize Ranger pickup in late 2011, the company has been pestered regularly and repeatedly about replacing it....
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Toyota's top suppliers prepare a tech blitz

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 30, 2015

Toyota's top suppliers are readying a host of advanced technologies for their No. 1 customer, including steer-by-wire systems, grille shutters, more efficient regenerative braking and new automatic transmissions....
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Cars will be ripe for identity theft as shopping comes to dashboard, experts say

11:48 am U.S. ET | Aug. 27, 2015

Hackers can already take control of a car. And as vehicles become rolling shopping malls, cybercriminals will have an opportunity to snatch your identity, too. Eager for a cut of drivers' purchases of fast food, gas and more, automakers have big plans to bring e-commerce to the dashboard....
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New car technologies often unused by drivers, J.D. Power finds

1:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 25, 2015

A new study from J.D. Power suggests that automakers are investing billions into technologies that a considerable number of drivers aren't using. J.D. Power's first 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report found that at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners have never used 16 of the 33 technology features measured....
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Zetsche mulls cooperation with Apple, Google, report says

8:03 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Daimler's CEO said "different types" of cooperation with Apple and Google are possible as carmakers realize next-generation autos cannot be built without greater input from telecoms and software experts....
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Ford patents autonomous vehicle with 'reconfigurable seats'

12:54 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 20, 2015

Ford received a U.S. patent on its plans for an “autonomous vehicle with reconfigurable seats” earlier this month. The seats can swivel and fold all while the vehicle is in motion, and the steering wheel can even retract into the dashboard to create more space in the vehicle cabin....
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Autoliv says M/A-COM unit acquisition will beef up automated-driving tech

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2015

Automotive safety systems supplier Autoliv Inc. said it completed the acquisition of the automotive unit of M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings Inc....
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BLOG: How to solve global emissions rift, without dealing in reality

11:30 am U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2015

A single, global standard for emissions would be ideal, and can't be overstated enough, because the auto industry is burning precious capital at what may turn out to be an unsustainable rate....
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Lear buys technology from California automotive app developer

3:34 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Lear said today it has acquired the intellectual property and technology of Autonet Mobile, a software and device developer of automotive applications in California....
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BLOG: Autonomous cars will crash and be hacked ... and that's OK

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

Cybersecurity and the threat of chaos is a new reality in the age of connected and autonomous cars. This is the reality we live. Cars can, and will, be hacked...
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Apple eyes proving grounds for self-driving car, report says

3:44 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Apple is looking into using a former military base northeast of San Francisco as a high-security proving ground for autonomous vehicles it is developing, according to an online report by The Guardian, a British newspaper....
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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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Delphi adds tech executive to its board

12:49 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 14, 2015

Delphi Automotive said it has expanded its board of directors to include tech industry veteran Bethany Mayer....
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