Vehicle Technology

2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

BMW tailors its pitch to the young and wealthy

5:07 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

BMW of North America knows millennial customers are the future for the industry, but it wants the top 1 percent -- those with a household income of $150,000-plus, says the company's CEO....
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The stampede to put new tech in lower-priced models

12:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Rapidly evolving technology is upending the traditional pecking order in the luxury car market, which until now has operated on the principle that bigger is better. Mercedes-Benz and a host of others are quietly changing the rules....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Autonomous cars will challenge technology infrastructure, panelists say

2:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Twenty years from now, the auto industry will have tens of millions self-driving vehicles on the road, but it may require automakers to share data with municipalities -- and each other....
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Luxury brands tap mobile software experts to polish premium cachet

8:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Software expertise has become the new battleground for luxury automakers as the latest premium cars compete on high-tech innovations rather than sheer power or luxury, something that requires millions of lines of code....
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Android Auto architect Brenner sees a 'virtuous cycle' in common car software

10:40 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

In the days before Google launched the Android operating system in 2008, engineers had to rewrite the code for Google Maps dozens of times for different smartphones. It was a hassle, but Android changed all that....
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Obama to discuss self-driving cars in State of the Union

4:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

President Obama plans to talk about the prospects for self-driving cars in his final State of the Union address tonight, according to government officials, the first time the president has used the annual speech to tackle an important issue facing the auto and technology industries....
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Magna to stay flexible on tech partnerships

6:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Fresh on the heels of his company's acquisition of transmission supplier Getrag last week, Magna CEO Don Walker said he sees no slowdown in the pace of consolidation among auto suppliers....
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GM delays Super Cruise rollout

5:57 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

General Motors' timeline to introduce its first semi-autonomous vehicle has slipped by several months as the automaker works to perfect the system, which allows hands-free highway driving even while in traffic....
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Toyota won't rush to fully autonomous vehicles, Lentz says

6:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

While Google’s gumdrop-shaped self-driving car is logging thousands of miles on the streets of California, don’t expect to jump in the backseat of a Toyota anytime soon for a robot-chauffeured ride....
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Google is hunting self-driving partners, Krafcik says

6:23 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Most automakers and suppliers see self-driving cars arriving at the end of a long, step-by-step process. Google wants to skip straight to the endgame. Nevertheless, the search engine giant is turning to industry players for help....
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U.S. plans initiatives on autonomous cars, industry safety collaboration

1:15 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

U.S. Transportation officials plan to announce new initiatives this week aimed at accelerating adoption of autonomous vehicle technologies and a significant deal intended to foster closer collaboration between automakers and the government on safety issues....
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World auto sales expected to grow to 89 million vehicles in 2016

3:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

German supplier Continental AG expects global production of cars and light trucks to grow only slightly in 2016, to 89 million vehicles from about 88 million in 2015....
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With 2017 E class, Mercedes aims to renew a hit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Mercedes-Benz faces a crucial test when its redesigned 2017 E class goes on sale this summer. Sedan sales are stagnating in a U.S. market increasingly dominated by trucks. To counter the trend, Mercedes has packed a bigger but lighter, more coupelike car with advanced technologies....
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Ford to launch FordPass parking app and 'FordHub' spots in major malls

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

In addition to space in the garage, Ford wants a spot on consumers' smartphone screens. And it wants spots in major shopping malls to promote new types of mobility services....
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Ghosn says carmakers must woo consumers to autonomous cars

11:27 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Consumers are not asking the auto industry to move into autonomous-drive cars, but manufacturers must take them there by “giving them a lot of benefits,” says Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. He cited two: safety and mobility for older drivers....
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Autonomous vehicle architects begin to contemplate the human inside

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Automakers and suppliers busily developing hardware and software for autonomous cars are more focused than ever ensuring that humans feel their lives are truly getting better with rising automation....
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JASON STEIN

Tech push requires culture clash

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

If you want to understand the real meaning of the Consumer Electronics Show - and how the tech sector is influencing auto and vice versa - you need to go back a year and head 2,000 miles east from Las Vegas to a cafeteria in Dearborn, Mich....
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Yazaki rethinks wiring for autonomous age

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Autonomous driving will require more wires in cars. But there isn't room to pack in all of the extra wiring that vehicles are expected to need. Yazaki, the world's biggest maker of wire harness systems, is trying to reduce the number and weight of wires in a car....
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Mercedes E class can retake segment lead from Lexus ES, says Zetsche

11:30 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

Daimler Chairman Dieter Zetsche is counting on the redesigned Mercedes-Benz E class to reclaim the No. 1 spot in the midsize luxury sedan segment from the Lexus ES....
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Tesla curbs autopilot functionality in Model S cars

10:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

Tesla Motors said it was updating the Autopilot driving systems in Model S sedans to put new limits on its hands-free operation, which has been both praised for its innovation while criticized for having been launched too early....
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Apple registers automobile domain names, including 'apple.car'

7:17 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Apple has registered domain names related to automobiles, adding to speculation about the company's plans to develop an automobile....
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Crash rates for self-driving cars less than conventional cars, study says

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Self-driving cars are involved in fewer crashes on average than vehicles with a driver behind the wheel, a study released today by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute shows....
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Panasonic says windfall from autonomous cars still years away

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga says it will be years before autonomous systems contribute meaningfully to the company’s bottom line....
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Renault-Nissan to offer 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology

12:38 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

The Renault-Nissan Alliance said today it plans to offer 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology in four years. The alliance made the announcement today as Carlos Ghosn, who is CEO of both companies, was meeting with reporters at Nissan's Silicon Valley research center....
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Automakers strike back at Silicon Valley disruptors

1:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2016

The automotive industry this week used the Consumer Electronics Show to strike back at the would-be disruptors of its century-old business model. This week's news from CES by GM, Ford, Toyota, and others marks a turning point in the power struggle between auto and tech companies, analysts and industry experts say....
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