Vehicle Technology

MULALLY'S SCORECARD

Ford's outgoing CEO mainly brought his A-game, but technology and luxury were struggles

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2014
After an eight-year run in which he spearheaded the salvation of Ford, Alan Mulally hands the CEO job to Mark Fields on Tuesday, July 1. But, like all great leaders, Mulally did not succeed in everything he tackled....
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TrueCar to drop 75 franchisees in policy disputes

4:24 pm U.S. ET | June 26, 2014
TrueCar this month plans to drop up to 75 of its 8,000 participating franchisees for failing to honor price guarantees made to car buyers or for other violations of TrueCar policies, President John Krafcik said today. TrueCar also will launch a new app in the coming days that allows consumers to take photos of their trade-in vehicles and seek a price for the vehicles from competing dealers in the TrueCar network, Krafcik said....
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Google reveals Android interface for autos

3:19 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Claiming commitments from most of the world's most popular car brands, Google Inc. today revealed Android Auto, an in-car control system for smartphones that will compete with Apple Inc.'s new CarPlay interface....
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Hyundai Sonata to have Apple, Google phone tech by year-end

10:54 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2014
Hyundai will offer in-car smartphone operating systems from Apple and Google on the 2015 Sonata mid-sized sedan by year end -- making it the first nonluxury vehicle in the United States to offer the systems....
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Mitsubishi Electric rolls out FLEXConnect infotainment system

1:09 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2014
Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America wants to put in-home wireless networks on wheels with FLEXConnect, an information and entertainment audio-video bridging system...
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Chrysler to make stop-start standard on some 200s, Jeep Cherokees for 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2014
Engine stop-start -- a fuel-saving technology -- will become a standard feature later this year on some 2015 Jeep Cherokee SUVs and Chrysler 200 sedans, Chrysler Group said today....
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'Connected car' band would open to other Wi-Fi devices under Senate bill

4:28 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2014
Legislation introduced in the Senate could open up the band of wireless communication airwaves currently reserved for vehicle-to-vehicle communications designed to improve road safety to other Wi-Fi devices....
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BMW introduces charging app for i3 owners in U.S.

June 19, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW has introduced a smart charging app in the United States that helps i3 owners save money on charging their cars at home by identifying the hours during which electricity is cheapest....
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Google to reveal operating system that will rival Apple CarPlay

11:48 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2014
Google will unveil its first in-car operating system at its annual software developer conference this month, intensifying its race with Apple to become the leader in dashboard computing....
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Average age of light vehicle on U.S. roads stayed flat at 11.4 in 2013, IHS says

8:00 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
The average age of a light vehicle on the road in the United States remained flat at 11.4 years at the end of 2013, and the total light vehicles in operation reached a record 252.7 million, up 2 percent from 2012, IHS Automotive said today....
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F1 tech to influence high-end M-B products

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
Mercedes-Benz's fast start in the Formula One season has led Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche to see a closer link between F1 race car technology and production cars....
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EDITORIAL

Auto industry can pave the way or get out of the way

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2014
The auto industry faces increasing challenges to its established order -- fast and formidable ones, some from nonautomotive firms with new business models. To meet those challenges, the industry must resist the urge to defend its turf and instead push for more nimbleness and adaptability....
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Intelligent transportation conference set for Sept. in Detroit

6:55 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
The 21st World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, scheduled to be held in Detroit, Sept. 7-11, will feature demonstrations and presentations of innovations in transportation technology....
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Denso acquires majority stake in diagnostics, telematics firm

1:19 pm U.S. ET | June 6, 2014
Denso International America acquired a majority stake in Pennsylvania vehicle diagnostics and telematics company Ease Simulation....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

How about my 'wheezing' triple?

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2, 2014
The story "3 is the new 4" about three-cylinder engines (May 26) caught my eye as I still own one of those "wheezing" triples from the 1980s....
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Chrysler gives Jeep Cherokee 9-speed another reset

May 30, 2014 06:01 CET
Chrysler Group continues to tweak the software that operates the complex nine-speed automatic transmissions it will use to power all of its front-wheel-drive-based vehicles, including the Jeep Cherokee....
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New Ford steering system needs fewer turns

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 29, 2014
Ford has a solution for drivers tired of cranking steering wheels to maneuver into tight parking spots. Now, to back into a space a driver needs to turn the steering wheel of a typical vehicle up to three revolutions. With the new Ford system, it might need as few as two....
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Google plans own fleet of self-driving cars

4:08 am U.S. ET | May 28, 2014
Google will launch its own fleet of autonomous vehicle prototypes – with no steering wheels and no gas or brake pedals – as the technology giant begins a new phase of its self-driving car project....
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Jeep 9-speed needs a reset again

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Chrysler Group continues to tweak the software that operates the complex nine-speed automatic transmissions it will use to power all of its front-wheel-drive-based vehicles. A new software recalibration covers more than 100,000 Jeep Cherokees built before May 5 to address continuing issues with the way some of the nine-speeds shift gears....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Electronics: What's lost is simplicity

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Several industry executives spoke last week about the challenges of integrating more and more electronics, apps, features and connectivity into automobiles and making them very easy for us to operate....
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EDITORIAL

Tech training tuneup

12:01 am U.S. ET | May 26, 2014
Manufacturers are building vehicles with increasingly technology-laden features, but dealerships are having a hard time finding enough qualified technicians to keep those sophisticated autos serviced and on the road....
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GM says stop-start will come standard on Impala's base engine

4:45 pm U.S. ET | May 22, 2014
General Motors is making stop-start technology standard on the 2015 Chevrolet Impala's base 2.5-liter engine, boosting the sedan's fuel economy by 5 percent....
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RICHARD TRUETT

The drive to make car functions simple is cutting out simplicity

3:03 pm U.S. ET | May 21, 2014
Several industry executives spoke today about the challenges of integrating more and more electronics, apps, features and connectivity into automobiles and making them very easy for us to operate....
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Toyota's new chip boosts hybrid fuel efficiency by up to 10%

May 21, 2014 06:01 CET
Toyota has developed a new semiconductor it says can boost fuel efficiency in hybrid cars such as the Prius by up to 10 percent....
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Toyota developing chips to boost hybrid efficiency up to 10%

7:01 am U.S. ET | May 20, 2014
Toyota, aiming to extend its lead in hybrid technology, has developed a new semiconductor it says can boost fuel efficiency in hybrid cars such as the Prius by up to 10 percent....
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