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DOUGLAS A. BOLDUC

BLOG: Crash rarity adds challenge to autonomous push

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 10, 2015

Renault-Nissan's head of autonomous vehicle development is unsure whether it's a good thing or a bad thing that there have been no serious crashes while the automaker has tested its technology....
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Designer Okuyama on the threat from Google, Apple

11:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 27, 2015

The days of cheap and cheerful cars like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla may be numbered as technology firms Google and Apple muscle into the auto industry, and change the way people own and drive cars. That's the warning from Ken Okuyama, the high-end Japanese designer of the Ferrari F60 Enzo and Porsche Boxster....
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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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DAVID SEDGWICK

BLOG: Tesla a disrupter? Uber is the real threat, Nissan N.A. exec says

1:59 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

So, which outsider is going to disrupt the auto industry? Tesla? Apple? Google? Uber? A senior Nissan executive said Friday that Uber will force traditional competitors to reinvent themselves or die -- even as he discounted efforts by Apple, Google and Tesla to do the same....
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Austin may be fertile ground for Google test

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

The rapid rollout of prototypes this summer for testing in Austin, Texas, suggests that the company may be zeroing in on a city for when that day arrives....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Google's prototype car earned my trust, even when it stopped cold

11:31 am U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Google's latest self-driving car prototype left me with a warm, cuddly feeling of trust, even when it malfunctioned with me inside, slamming hard on the brakes and refusing to move....
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DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Old Auto scandals create opening for New Auto

3:23 pm U.S. ET | Oct. 2, 2015

Facing a rising tide of disruptors, Old Auto desperately needs to stop being its own worst enemy....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

PSA sees connectivity boosting customer loyalty

Oct. 2, 2015 06:01 CET

PSA wants its connectivity solutions to strengthen customer loyalty by being simple and seamless, but matching what they get from their consumer electronics will not be easy because that skill is not part of any automaker's DNA, the automaker's connectivity boss Brigitte Courtehoux, explained to ....
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Google co-founder Sergey Brin got Tesla's fourth Model X, report says

6:33 am U.S. ET | Oct. 1, 2015

Google co-founder Sergey Brin, an early investor in Tesla Motors, was one of the first customers to take delivery of Tesla's all-electric SUV, people familiar with the matter told Bloomberg....
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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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JASON STEIN

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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JASON STEIN

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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Ghosn sees tough time ahead for industry disruptors

Sept. 18, 2015 10:50 CET

Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said aggressive hiring of auto industry executives by software companies shows how vital it is for new players to understand manufacturing and vehicle design and how tough it will be for new players to enter the auto industry....
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Google does not intend to become a carmaker, executive says

3:51 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Google does not intend to become a vehicle manufacturer, the company's managing director for Germany, Austria and Switzerland said today at the Frankfurt auto show....
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Google hires TrueCar's Krafcik to steer auto project

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2015

Google is bringing in John Krafcik, the veteran Ford and Hyundai executive, to head its self-driving car program, presenting the clearest sign yet of Google's broad commercial aspirations for the project. Krafcik, 53, a manufacturing expert and a fan of disruptive technology, comes to Google from car-shopping service TrueCar....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: In Krafcik, Google gains a visionary

11:00 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 13, 2015

Anyone who has spent any time with John Krafcik knows he isn't a typical auto executive. In a business where it's easy to get fixated on the next month of sales, the next quarter of earnings and the next model year, Krafcik takes the long view....
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Honda gets California approval for self-driving cars on roads

4:10 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

Honda has received a permit from the state of California to drive its autonomous vehicles on public streets, joining companies ranging from Google to Volkswagen in testing the fast-growing technology....
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Automakers' high tech collects dust

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 31, 2015

According to J.D. Power's first Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience Report, at least 20 percent of new-vehicle owners never have used 16 of the 33 technology features measured....
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Zetsche mulls cooperation with Apple, Google, report says

8:03 am U.S. ET | Aug. 21, 2015

Daimler's CEO said "different types" of cooperation with Apple and Google are possible as carmakers realize next-generation autos cannot be built without greater input from telecoms and software experts....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Ford exec says Google, Apple collaborations won't impact brand's identity

Aug. 17, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford doesn't feel threatened by Google and Apple's growing interest in the auto industry, said Christof Kellerwessel, the automaker's electrical engineering chief. The automaker has seen a lot of competitors "come and go" during its history, Kellerwessel told Automotive News Europe in an interview....
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CarPlay and Android Auto: They're not just for millennials

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 17, 2015

Look past the chrome-ier grille and LED taillights on the refreshed 2016 Accord, and you'll notice Honda has integrated both Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto into the dashboard. This makes the new Accord one of the first few vehicles on the market to offer compatibility with both smartphone-integration systems....
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BMW looks at whether Google's Alphabet infringes trademark rights

1:24 pm U.S. ET | Aug. 11, 2015

BMW today said it was looking into whether Google infringed any trademark rights after the Silicon Valley-based group set up a new company called Alphabet, which is also the name of a BMW subsidiary....
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In Bob Lutz's crystal ball, Apple, Google may win

12:01 am U.S. ET | Aug. 3, 2015

Bob Lutz, 83, has been around longer than most in the auto industry. The former General Motors, BMW, Ford and Chrysler executive knows a lot about change because he's seen so much of it. Lutz offered his vision of personal mobility in the future. He didn't say when it would happen, but he was fairly explicit on what it would look like....
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Toyota holds Apple, Google at bay with Telenav navigation deal

4:34 pm U.S. ET | July 30, 2015

Toyota will turn to a little-known company instead of Apple or Google to provide navigation and phone connectivity, as it seeks to maintain control of the car features. Toyota has been the biggest holdout among automakers as Apple and Google turn dashboards into screens that closely mirror their smartphones....
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Honda's freshened Accord gets new smartphone, safety tech for 2016

5:37 pm U.S. ET | July 23, 2015

Honda unveiled a midlife update for its midsize Accord, a lightly freshened model that will play nice with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The 2016 Accord sedan and coupe will also offer the Honda Sensing suite of autonomous safety features....
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