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Ford to open r&d lab in Tesla's backyard

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Ford CEO Mark Fields, seeking to burnish his company's high-tech credentials, will announce Thursday the opening of a Silicon Valley r&d center that is believed to be one of the auto industry's largest....
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Google's self-driving car underpinned by Detroit area suppliers

11:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
The fate of Google's self-driving car rests in the hands of Roush Industries and several other Detroit area suppliers. Roush, an engineering and specialty manufacturing company known for its custom Ford Mustang models, will assemble a test fleet of 100 Google prototypes in 2015....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

After '11 quake, Renesas is ready for next disaster

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
At the International CES this month, chipmakers such as Renesas, Nvidia and Freescale were eager to brag about their readiness to supply the silicon brains for infotainment and driverless cars. But when I chatted with Ali Sebt -- chief of Renesas' U.S. operations -- I was preoccupied with thoughts of floods, earthquakes and fires....
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When the Motor City becomes Startup City

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Metro Detroit, the automotive capital of the world, ironically isn't a hotbed for mobility upstarts, but several efforts are under way in the auto industry to help develop more transportation startups and improve the industry's risk tolerance....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Bosch outlines 10-year path to door-to-door driverless car

6:27 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Germany's Robert Bosch GmbH -- the world's largest automotive supplier -- is preparing to roll out the technology needed to allow cars to pilot themselves and change lanes at high speeds on the autobahn....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Ford will limit aluminum mostly to trucks, Hinrichs says

9:34 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Ford isn't planning to use much aluminum beyond trucks because the benefits for other vehicles aren't as compelling. The company sees better, more cost-effective ways to improve the fuel economy of its cars....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Suppliers learn to innovate quickly

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
From Tesla to the Google driverless car to the aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 pickup to active safety systems that promise zero fatalities, the auto industry is changing at an unprecedented pace. For auto suppliers, that means relentless pressure to innovate at warp speed....
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JESSE SNYDER

Save up -- the future is a hungry beast

11:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Anywhere on the Detroit auto show floor you can see healthy automakers branching out. Call it the vigor of health. These initiatives don't happen in hard times....
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Ford says internal quality ratings rise following tech fixes

8:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Ford says its internal North American quality ratings improved last year for the first time since 2010, after working through issues with its touchscreen systems and bumpy new-model launches....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Audi sales chief unveils virtual reality system for shoppers

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Audi AG's top sales executive today unveiled a new virtual reality system that he called the “most flexible sales format ever invented for the car industry.”...
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

BMW looks at time as ultimate luxury

7:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Time is one of the most sought-after luxuries, and the auto industry is using technology to give customers more of it, says Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing....
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Verizon offers to hook up drivers of disconnected, older cars

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Drivers of older cars can gain some of today's technology when Verizon introduces a product linking them with its wireless network for help in a breakdown and advice on how to fix their aging set of wheels....
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RICHARD JOHNSON

Can a 'driver's car' brand mission and driverless tech coexist?

11:17 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
If your calling card is “The Ultimate Driving Machine,” what do you do when the machines drive themselves? How can you reconcile autonomous vehicles with your brand's deep-rooted mission?...
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DAVID SEDGWICK

'Hive mind' could help cars expect the unexpected

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Perhaps the key obstacle to the adoption of self-driving cars is fear of the unexpected -- a road encounter with an unfamiliar object that the vehicle's computer can't classify and thus can't anticipate. But what if each autonomous car could benefit from a central supercomputer that could identify the unknown object by analyzing images transmitted by millions of vehicles?...
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JESSE SNYDER

Strong margins signal more strong growth

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
The counting's done, so it's official: 2014 was a great year....
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Driverless-car global market seen reaching $42 billion by 2025

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Vehicles that drive themselves on the freeway or take over in traffic jams may be on the road in large numbers by 2017 and autonomous cars might create a $42 billion market for the technology by 2025, Boston Consulting Group said....
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BMW's iDrive will add touch screen, gesture recognition

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
BMW plans to add touch-screen and gesture recognition to its next-generation iDrive human-machine interface. The enhanced technology is designed to increase the user friendliness of commands to operate navigation, infotainment and smartphones for the driver and front passenger....
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Ford CEO Fields predicts self-driving cars on roads in 5 years

6:18 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
Ford CEO Mark Fields said that an automaker probably will introduce a self-driving vehicle within half a decade, but it won't be his company, which is focusing on less expensive features that assist in driving....
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GM offers sneak peek of the next-gen Volt in Vegas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
General Motors provided a sneak peek at the next-generation Chevrolet Volt -- which will be quicker, quieter and have a longer range than its predecessor -- Sunday night at International CES here....
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Drivers will pay up to $1,499 for tech features, study says

8:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
A majority of drivers in the United States are willing to pay as much as $1,499 to have high-tech entertainment and safety devices in their vehicles as consumers demand more connectivity, according to a Harris Poll....
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Toyota opens hydrogen patents to advance fuel cells

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Toyota said today it won’t enforce more than 5,600 patents it owns on hydrogen fuel-cell technology through 2020, allowing rivals to reap the fruits of its research royalty-free. The move mirrors a step last year by Tesla Motors....
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GM expects 15% mpg gain from new cylinder deactivation system

11:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
GM says a new infinitely variable cylinder deactivation system it has been developing with a Silicon Valley start-up can boost the fuel economy of gasoline engines by as much as 15 percent....
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Silicon Valley chipmaker Nvidia, Audi step up computing work

6:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Chipmaker Nvidia revealed that it's accelerating its push into cars with two purpose-built automotive computers. Nvidia has built up its list of automotive customers over the past several years, with luxury brands such as Tesla and Audi now using its high-powered chips....
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Software supplier Elektrobit to open Silicon Valley office in self-driving cars play

9:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Software specialist Elektrobit said today it is opening an office in Silicon Valley to work with automotive r&d centers that are developing self-driving cars of the future....
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Across Europe, custom cars make a comeback

8:19 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2014
Advances in computer design and safety testing have helped improve the feasibility of custom coachbuilding specialized in creating one-off cars for wealthy buyers, helping collectors achieve what had been a distant dream....
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