Vehicle Technology

GM opens IT center in Phoenix, plans to hire 1,000 workers

12:25 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 22, 2014
General Motors said it opened its fourth information technology center today -- this one in Chandler, Ariz., near Phoenix....
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Aisin's North American growth drives more investment, new HQ

10:51 am U.S. ET | Aug. 19, 2014
Aisin opened a new North American headquarters in suburban Detroit in July as part of the foreign subsidiary's ongoing growth stateside....
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U.S. details plans for car-to-car safety communications

3:08 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
After more than a decade of research into car-to-car communications, federal auto safety regulators took a step forward today by unveiling their plan for requiring cars to have wireless gear that will enable them to warn drivers of danger....
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Continental lures Google self-driving exec in Silicon Valley push

1:22 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 18, 2014
German supplier Continental AG is growing its Silicon Valley presence to help car companies roll out autonomous driving and other “intelligent” features over the coming years -- and it has hired one of Google's self-driving car executives to lead the effort....
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Self-driving tech will make Volvos even safer, r&d boss says

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2014
As self-driving cars become increasingly important, Volvo has unveiled an ambitious plan to position itself at the forefront of this cutting-edge technology....
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Automakers make room for Pandora

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 16, 2014
Internet radio is starting to look like a must-have infotainment feature, judging by the number of Pandora users....
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Smartphone camera makers see next opportunity in cars

2:23 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 15, 2014
South Korean smartphone camera makers are tapping the surging yet more technologically demanding market for vehicle cameras to dull the impact of slowing growth in global handset sales....
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KEITH CRAIN

You ain't seen nothing yet

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2014
With car shows filling the calendar across the country, it's a good time to contemplate your favorite car from the 1960s or 1970s....
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Hacking group wants to play nice with automakers

7:15 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 8, 2014
A group of well-known hackers and security professionals are trying to build better ties with the auto industry and to enlist their help in improving vehicle security, one of the hottest areas of cyber research....
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BMW's new X1 will be the second model to use front-wheel-drive platform

Aug. 8, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW plans to launch a revamped X1 and an all-new X2 next summer based on the company's UKL1 front-wheel-drive platform. The SUVs will be the second and third BMW-brand fwd models after the 2-series Active Tourer....
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How Tesla-Toyota EV project lost its spark

11:34 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Once lauded by Tesla and Toyota as a springboard for a deeper partnership, a joint project between the two companies that produced Toyota's electric RAV4 has slowly unraveled. The tie-up was marred by clashes between engineers, according to people with knowledge of the matter, and highlights how quickly marriages of convenience can turn sour in the auto industry....
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RICHARD TRUETT

Self-driving cars will still need human help

10:33 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
Forget the hype. Self-driving vehicles are a long way off, and when they do arrive, what they actually do will probably be a lot less than our image of automated driving....
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DUSTIN WALSH

Nvidia continues quest to bring computer power to cars

9:27 am U.S. ET | Aug. 7, 2014
A year after opening an office in Michigan, computer processor maker Nvidia continues its quest to bring modern computer power to the automobile....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

J.D. Power pans in-car voice recognition systems

5:01 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
In-car voice recognition systems work so poorly that automakers should give up trying to add new features and go back to the basics, said Kristin Kolodge, JD Power's executive director of driver interaction....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Software is key to sizzling active safety market, Delphi exec says

3:57 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
The $14 billion global market for collision avoidance and driver assistance is expected to grow about 25 percent a year -- a growth rate that has established active safety as one of the auto industry's hottest segments....
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RICHARD TRUETT

New systems amaze, but what about the joy of driving?

11:00 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Recent visits to Visteon Corp. and Valeo North America threw me into a bit of a funk. They are working to create a cloud-based, always-connected information pod. Taking a back seat is the joy of driving....
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Chrysler, Nissan looking into claims their cars 'most hackable'

9:07 am U.S. ET | Aug. 6, 2014
Chrysler and Nissan said they are reviewing a report by well-known cyber security experts that rates their vehicles among the three "most hackable" cars on the market, along with a General Motors model....
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LINDSAY CHAPPELL

Automakers to get rude wake-up call on voice recognition

11:41 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Check your pride at the door Wednesday afternoon when JD Power plans to lay into the auto industry for one of the most poorly executed technologies it peddles to consumers -- voice recognition....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

Why automakers can't beat up suppliers any more

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Remember the old days when automotive purchasing czars such as General Motors' Inaki Lopez and Ford's Carlos Mazzorin threw their weight around with suppliers? Those days are gone....
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Less costly head-up displays are catching on

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 5, 2014
Head-up displays, mainly at home in sports cars and luxury models, are about to go mainstream. By 2018, global production of vehicles equipped with head-up displays is expected to total 5 million units, more than triple this year's production of 1.5 million such vehicles, according to Continental AG....
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2014 MANAGEMENT BRIEFING SEMINARS

Safety regulators working on cars that can detect drunk drivers

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Federal safety regulators are working on a “seamless” technology that can detect alcohol by touch and breath and can be used to reduce or eliminate alcohol-related vehicle crashes....
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SENSOR-CENTRIC

Toyota-affiliated Denso readies technology for other automakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Denso Corp., the world's No. 2 parts supplier, is developing advanced radar sensors as it seeks to catch Robert Bosch and Continental in the market for parts that prevent accidents....
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Ford F-150 targets mpg title with super fuel economy option

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
The new aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150 coming from Ford Motor Co. this fall will try to recapture fuel economy bragging rights from Chrysler's Ram 1500 by offering a "super fuel economy" or SFE package....
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M-B, Infiniti engines get global input

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
To source fuel-efficient engines for their new small, premium cars, competitors Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti joined forces to create the Infiniti Powertrain Plant. Its an engine plant that is a little bit German, a little bit Japanese, a little bit American and very much global....
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Tape emerges as go-to wonder bond

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 4, 2014
Time was, any vehicle worth its mettle was a lumbering construct of solid steel welded together by fiery robots. But increasingly, today's cars are being held together in ways other than hot-fused metal. Tape is the new go-to bonding agent....
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