Vehicle Technology

Apple rolls out CarPlay technology in Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo vehicles

9:21 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2014
Apple says an automotive version of its mobile operating system, dubbed CarPlay, will debut in Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo vehicles this week and will enable users to access functions of their iPhones on the vehicles' infotainment screens. Other automakers slated to integrate CarPlay include Honda, BMW, Ford, General Motors, Nissan and Toyota.... Read More »


Ford sued over patented turn signal technology

11:04 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2014
Ford was sued for patent infringement on technology for an automatic turn signal. Ford's three-blink lane change technology infringes a 2008 patent held by Richard Ponziani, a former automotive design engineer for companies including GM and Valeo, according to a complaint made public today in federal court in Wilmington, Del.... Read More »



Why the PSA-Dongfeng deal does more harm than good

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 27, 2014
The bailout that PSA negotiated with the French government and Dongfeng will prop up the French automaker in the short term but could cripple its competitiveness in the long run.... Read More »


Ford's reported pick of QNX over Microsoft for next-gen Sync boosts BlackBerry stock

11:52 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
With the next-generation Ford Sync switching to QNX in favor of Microsoft, according to people briefed on the matter, BlackBerry's stock surged today.... Read More »


Visteon makes deal to use Autonet Mobile 'connected car' software

9:35 am U.S. ET | Feb. 24, 2014
Visteon has announced an agreement with Autonet Mobile that will allow Visteon to integrate Autonet's telematics software into its next-generation infotainment systems.... Read More »


Ford plans to drop Microsoft in favor of BlackBerry for in-car sync system, report says

Feb. 24, 2014 17:52 CET
Ford will base the next-generation Sync system on BlackBerry's QNX and no longer use Microsoft's Windows, sources said. Using QNX will be less expensive than licensing Microsoft technology and will improve the flexibility and speed of the next Sync system, they said.... Read More »


Ford expected to drop Microsoft, use BlackBerry QNX in next-gen Sync

4:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2014
The next-generation Ford Sync system will be based on BlackBerry's QNX and no longer use Microsoft Windows, following the automaker' struggles with in-car technology glitches, according to people briefed on the matter.... Read More »


Automakers vs. tech firms in a battle to use airwaves in talking cars

7:04 am U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2014
Auto and technology companies are battling over a slice of coveted radio waves, with carmakers arguing the potential for lifesaving crash-avoidance systems should take precedence over more Wi-Fi for Web data and video.... Read More »



Cars can get connected to bad guys, too

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
If transportation cyber security follows the path of the Internet, we will see real-world cyber attacks within five years.... Read More »


Head-up displays for the masses

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2014
Head-up displays, once confined to sports cars and luxury vehicles, are starting to penetrate the mass market. This year, 38 vehicle models available in the United States have standard or optional head-up displays, according to, up from 13 models five years ago.... Read More »



Crash avoidance is a noble idea

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
The government is suggesting that perhaps the first step in creating a safer automotive environment would be to install transmitting devices in all vehicles sold in the United States, the first step toward enable vehicles to communicate with one another to avoid accidents. What may be a noble suggestion is probably an impractical solution to automotive collisions.... Read More »



The sales game has changed, and dealers are split on the right mix of tech, speed, personal touch

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Most people in the industry believe that dealership salespeople need to be better trained. But as technology transforms car selling, there’s little agreement on what that training should focus on.... Read More »



Don't backtrack on technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Regarding "Car controls are just too complex," Letters to the Editor, Feb. 3: I couldn't disagree more. I am 72 years old and will not purchase a vehicle that does not have the latest technology.... Read More »


DOT inches toward connected-car rules

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 10, 2014
Top federal transportation officials say they see enough promise in vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology to start inching toward mandating it in all new cars sold in the United States.... Read More »


BMW's MPA line: Zoom, on the cheap

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2014
BMW is bringing a new performance line to the United States that gives vehicles more horsepower and a sportier feel. But the cars won't get the total revamp BMW gives its range-topping M high-performance models with the throaty engines and high price tags.... Read More »


More auto brands upgrade Web site technology for all devices

2:47 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 7, 2014
More than 20 percent of auto manufacturers have launched Web sites that implement responsive design technology -- technology that allows shoppers to view the same Web site content across tablets, smartphones and desktop computers.... Read More »


Rockefeller warns automakers, suppliers to cut risk of in-car mobile technology

5:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2014
An influential senator, Jay Rockefeller of West Virginia, warned automakers and technology executives on Thursday that he'll propose regulating in-car use of mobile phones to Internet-connected entertainment and information systems unless they do more to reduce driver distractions.... Read More »


U.S. regulators pave way for vehicle-to-vehicle communications, safety technology

8:29 am U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2014
After years of research into vehicle-to-vehicle communications technology, federal regulators declared that the time has come for cars to talk to each other to improve safety. Federal regulators will soon begin working on regulations requiring new light-duty vehicles sold in the United States to be equipped with wireless chips so they can communicate over the airwaves, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said today during a press conference today.... Read More »



What's the real benefit of driverless cars?

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 29, 2014
Driverless cars are the auto industry's equivalent of an Armani suit: They give any company a touch of class. This is heady stuff, no doubt. But I can't shake the feeling that some of us are missing the real point of driverless cars.... Read More »


Buffett's Berkshire acquires MyAssist in-car concierge service used by Mercedes, Ford

4:49 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is betting on a service that helps companies including Ford and Mercedes-Benz provide live, in-car support to drivers.... Read More »



Detroit auto show sheds some light on cutting-edge design work

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Some of the industry's best design work was housed in the headlights and taillights of the cars on display at the 2014 Detroit auto show.... Read More »


Toyota preps solid-state batteries for '20s

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 27, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. says it has made major advances in developing smaller, more powerful solid-state batteries as the next-generation power pack to succeed lithium ion battery technology.... Read More »



Self-driving shuttle shows way to autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 24, 2014
A French auto robotics company is taking development of autonomous vehicles in a new direction that could lead to public acceptance of the fledgling technology.... Read More »


Ford teams with universities on automated driving research

1:03 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 22, 2014
Ford said today it is launching a new research project into automated driving technology with two top universities in the United States.... Read More »


Hyundai connects with Verizon to bring wireless to U.S. autos

7:27 am U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2014
Hyundai Motor today will unveil a deal with Verizon Communications to provide wireless service in its U.S. cars and trucks, signaling the importance of the connected auto as the must-have feature for drivers.... Read More »


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