Google hires Airbnb exec to commercialize self-driving carsFri, 26, Aug 2016
Google's self-driving car project took a step closer to market with the hire of a top executive from Airbnb, the online vacation home rental marketplace. Shaun Stewart is joining Google as a director of the self-driving car project, spokesman Johnny Luu said today.
Daimler adopts Silicon Valley tactics to counter new rivalsWed, 24, Aug 2016
Daimler is embracing Silicon Valley management techniques in a drive to speed up decision making, empower staff and fend off new rivals such as electric-vehicle maker Tesla Motors.
Smart cars collaboration could raise risk of patent litigation, experts sayMon, 22, Aug 2016
As the West Coast's largest technology companies jump deeper into the automotive landscape, fears of increased litigation are bubbling in Michigan. Greg DeGrazia, partner and intellectual property attorney at law firm Warner Norcross and Judd, said that as the tech and auto industries continue to merge, a clash is on the horizon.
Hyundai says it's discussing partnerships with GoogleWed, 17, Aug 2016
Hyundai is in discussions with Google about partnerships as the automaker seeks external expertise to remain competitive. The two companies have some common areas that may require cooperation, Hyundai Motor President Jeong Jin Haeng said.
Hyundai exec, seeking Silicon Valley tie-ups, wants to knock down fortress mentalityTue, 16, Aug 2016
A go-it-alone strategy won’t cut it anymore, says Hwang Seung Ho, Hyundai’s executive vice president of information technology development. He thinks the carmaker needs to be far more open to tie-ups with tech upstarts and Silicon Valley giants to remain competitive in the race to dominate the coming era of connected cars and autonomous driving.
Google now lets ads say moreMon, 15, Aug 2016
Google rolled out changes to its search-ad format in late July that give retailers more characters to work with. As a result, auto dealerships can make the sales pitches in their search ads more descriptive.
Diesel decline not a problem for BorgWarnerMon, 15, Aug 2016
BorgWarner sees its markets slow a bit -- but they're still growing.
Chris Urmson, leader behind Google's self-driving car research, departsFri, 05, Aug 2016
Chris Urmson, chief technical officer of Google's self-driving car efforts, is leaving as the Internet company moves the project from research into the creation of products.
Cars.com wants to amplify store reviewsMon, 01, Aug 2016
Cars.com's planned purchase of review site DealerRater will help dealerships spread the word about strong employees to a wider spectrum of potential customers, says CEO Alex Vetter.