Vehicle Technology


Nissan IDS Concept an autonomous-driving Transformer

8:00 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

Nissan, aiming to take leadership in electric and autonomous cars, debuted its vision for both in a new concept whose interior reconfigures like a Transformer robot. The super-sleek IDS Concept showcases a host of new technologies Nissan is developing in its push to roll out increasingly sophisticated autonomously driving cars by 2020....
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Car owners can modify vehicle software, U.S. copyright authorities rule

4:41 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

Car owners and computer security researchers can modify automobile software without incurring some U.S. copyright liability, according to new guidelines issued this month that had been opposed by the auto industry....
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Delphi, Quanergy team up on low-cost lidar

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Delphi Automotive Systems, working with a Silicon Valley startup, says it plans to bring a new, solid-state lidar system for self-driving cars to market for less than $1,000 per car....
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Mapmaker seeks standard for the cloud

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

In this connected-car age, a BMW that skids on a patch of black ice could upload a message to a central database, prompting a warning for another BMW headed toward the same spot....
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Smart wants to get smart about urban mobility

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 25, 2015

Smart wants to win over buyers to its microcar by offering extra perks through a smartphone app. They'll be able to find parking spots in some cities through the app, and Smart is developing more ideas, including a possible car-sharing function with friends....
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Nissan's prototype Leaf tests new autonomous technology

7:05 am U.S. ET | Oct. 23, 2015

Nissan, aiming to put autonomous vehicles on the road by 2020, has unveiled its latest prototype, a sensor-laden Leaf electric vehicle that can change lanes, pass cars and merge onto and off of highway by itself. The system previews a new technology called Piloted Drive 1.0 that Nissan says it will offer in Japan by the end of next year....
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Honda plans to market partial self-driving car in 2020

7:06 am U.S. ET | Oct. 21, 2015

Honda said it plans to sell a car with automated highway driving functions around 2020, joining the race to market self-driving vehicles that pits traditional automakers against tech firms like Google....
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Apple's auto ambitions sideswipe electric motorcycle startup

2:09 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

Apple's aggressive recruitment of auto experts as it explores building a car has left a promising, if financially troubled, electric motorcycle startup in the dust. Mission Motors, whose sleek electric bikes drew comparisons to Tesla's cars, ceased operations in May....
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Valeo evolves into a tech provider

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 19, 2015

Francoise Colpron, a Canadian by birth, has led French supplier Valeo to steady growth in North America in its four primary business areas: comfort and driving assistance, powertrain components, thermal systems and driver visibility systems....
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Tesla beams down 'autopilot' mode to Model S

5:34 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Tesla Motors, in its most ambitious step toward self-driving cars, is rolling out a long-awaited software package called Autopilot for its Model S sedan, rivaling features from luxury brands such as BMW and Mercedes-Benz....
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U.S. House panel proposes sweeping reforms for recalls, fuel economy, emissions, cybersecurity

6:15 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 14, 2015

Automakers would earn credits for meeting fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions targets by installing crash-avoidance and connected-car technologies on new vehicles under a broad set of safety reforms proposed by staff of the House Energy and Commerce Committee....
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Ontario will allow road tests of autonomous cars

3:17 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

Ontario will become the first Canadian province to allow automated vehicles to be tested on its roads, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation said in a statement today....
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Toyota, aiming for new showcase, packs Prius with tech

12:30 am U.S. ET | Oct. 13, 2015

Toyota is packing the next-generation Prius with such a profusion of new technologies that it makes the best-selling hybrid truly worthy of its name, which means “to go before.” The fourth-generation Prius aims to be a showcase for the brand's latest powertrain, chassis and safety technologies....
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A Stanford professor's quest to fix driverless cars' major flaw

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

As the autonomous car movement barrels ahead, Chris Gerdes is raising questions about ethical choices that must inevitably be programmed into the robotic minds expected one day soon to be driving along the nation's highways....
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Toyota unveils new self-driving safety tech, targets 2020 autonomous drive

9:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 6, 2015

Toyota said it will deploy autonomous driving systems by 2020 and take a big step forward this year by deploying technology that allows vehicles to talk to each other, scan blind spots, warn of changing traffic lights and keep a safe distance from other cars. Also on tap are more advanced self-driving technologies, now being tested, that can autonomously merge Toyota cars onto and off from highways and even change lanes....
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Ford touts driving technology for scary L.A. traffic conditions

7:49 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 5, 2015

Ford took its mobility technology road show to L.A. on Monday, touting semi-autonomous driving features in a city known for its scary driving conditions....
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The Japanese emissions equipment maker that humbled VW

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Horiba, an obscure Japanese manufacturer that makes about 70 percent of the world's auto emissions testing systems, played a key role in uncovering violations that promise to dog Volkswagen for months to come....
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Hyundai loses $28.9 million patent infringement trial

6:49 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Hyundai and affiliate Kia were told to pay a Baltimore company $28.9 million after a federal jury said the South Korean carmakers infringed patents related to hybrid engines. The companies pledged to appeal....
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GM targets double-digit earnings growth in 2016

10:51 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

General Motors moved to convince Wall Street that its recovery is gathering momentum with improving margins, strong brands, new markets for high-tech vehicles, and prospects for stronger profits in coming years....
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GM ramps up autonomous driving, mobility plans

9:00 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

GM today disclosed plans for several new autonomous-driving and mobility initiatives -- from a New York City ride-sharing project to an electric bike -- in an effort to convince investors that it's ready for a coming disruption in the way people worldwide get around....
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Google sees 'top-tier OEMs' as partners on self-driving cars

5:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google and president of its parent company Alphabet Inc., expects the technology giant to team up with “top-tier OEMs” when it ultimately brings its self-driving cars to market....
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Driver-assist systems could save about 10,000 U.S. lives a year, study says

6:05 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 29, 2015

New auto safety technologies such as automatic braking and sensors that keep a car in its lane could prevent almost 10,000 U.S. road deaths a year and save $251 billion if they were more widely available, according to a Boston Consulting Group study....
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GM to tap into connectivity, expand car sharing services, Barra says

5:31 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 28, 2015

General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the automaker plans new efforts to capitalize on the connectivity built into its cars, expanding car sharing services, offering more autonomous driving features and enabling services through smartphone apps....
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Apple aims to 'ship' electric car in 2019, report says

2:32 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Silicon Valley technology giant Apple has set a goal of finalizing an electric car in 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported. Apple has internally designated an electric car as a “committed project,” the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the matter....
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BLOG: Frankfurt: Lights, cameras, technology!

12:01 am U.S. ET | Sept. 21, 2015

Years from now when we reflect on Frankfurt 2015, memories may be less about absent players than about an industry that could finally talk in the present tense about technology....
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