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BLOG: 'Autopia' future promoted by Google and Apple will hurt traditional carmakers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 8, 2016

Industry disrupters such as Google and Apple are better funded than their potential rivals from the automotive field. That could be bad news for traditional auto companies, an industry analyst said....
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Google expands self-driving car testing to Washington state

2:14 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 3, 2016

Google parent company Alphabet said its self-driving car project will expand testing to Kirkland, Wash., later this month, the third city where it is testing autonomous vehicles....
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Zetsche: Apple, Google 'can do more' than we thought

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 1, 2016

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and other a handful of his senior execs met recently with around 70 companies in Silicon Valley, according to the German weekly Welt am Sonntag. Asked about Google and Apple's automotive pursuits, Zetsche told the newspaper: “Our impression was that these companies can do more and know more than we had previously assumed.”...
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Apple, Google making progress on car projects, Daimler's Zetsche tells paper

Jan. 24, 2016 12:07 CET

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said a recent trip to Silicon Valley revealed that Apple and Google have made more progress on automotive projects than he had assumed....
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BMW to roll out restaurant-booking digital helper

6:53 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2016

BMW is pushing back against tech competitors with a digital helper that lets drivers locate a nearby restaurant with free tables, book seats and find the best route there....
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Krafcik, Lentz chart diverging routes to the self-driving car

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 18, 2016

In their campaign for self-driving cars, Toyota Motor Corp. and Google Inc. share a vision of a world without car crashes, in which everyone -- including the elderly and disabled -- can easily get around....
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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Android Auto architect Brenner sees a 'virtuous cycle' in common car software

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 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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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

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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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

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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Harman, Microsoft pair on mobile office

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

Harman International formed a partnership with Microsoft Corp. to create an in-dash "personal assistant" that will allow motorists to Skype, listen to emails, schedule meetings and check calendars....
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GUEST BLOG

BLOG: Google beats Detroit just by skipping CES

1:33 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Google, the firm most responsible for spooking Detroit into embracing bold visions of the future, was a no-show at the CES. And that made it the big winner....
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Toyota joins Ford in bid to resist Apple-Google car screen dominance

11:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

Toyota agreed to use a car-phone connectivity system championed by Ford in a bid to keep Apple and Google from dominating control of dashboards. Toyota will introduce a telematics system with Ford's SmartDeviceLink....
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BLOG: Get ready for the unexpected in 2016

12:15 am U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2016

If we have learned anything about the automotive industry in the past few years, it is to expect the unexpected. What will be the big surprises of 2016? Here are few crazy things that just might happen....
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2015 LISTS OF 10

Automotive News' biggest stories of 2015

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 27, 2015

U.S. light-vehicle sales climbed for the sixth straight year in 2015, a run of success unmatched in the American car business since that giddy stretch from 1921-26. Still, the automotive landscape was blighted this year by another "you-gotta-be-kidding-me" scandal....
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How Google could put Ford out front in the race to build self-driving vehicles

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2015

In the mad rush to build autonomous vehicles, Ford may be set to leapfrog the competition by doing a deal with Google to build a fleet of self-driving cars to the tech giant's specifications....
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Driverless cars give trial lawyers bottomless list of defendants

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 23, 2015

Imagine a robot car with no one behind the wheel hitting another driverless car. Who's at fault? No one knows. But plaintiff's lawyers are salivating at the prospects for big paydays from such accidents....
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Ford in talks with Google to build self-driving cars

7:59 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Ford and Google are in talks to have the automaker build Google's next-generation autonomous cars under contract, Automotive News has learned. Although few details about the project are known, a source with knowledge of the project says both parties have been negotiating on a contract manufacturing deal “for a long time.”...
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A DOZEN DISRUPTORS

Sergey Brin: Pushing Google's self-driving gambit

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

Sergey Brin, the billionaire co-founder of Google, thought it important to explain his involvement in the auto industry this year with a filing to the Securities and Exchange Commission....
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Google's Krafcik joins World Congress lineup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

John Krafcik will give his first public address as CEO of Google's self-driving-car project at the Automotive News World Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 12....
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Self-driving cars follow rules right into accidents

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 21, 2015

The self-driving car is supposed to lead to a world without accidents, but it is achieving the exact opposite right now: According to Bloomberg, autonomous vehicles have racked up a crash rate double that of those with human drivers. The glitch? They obey the law without exception....
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Human drivers are bumping into driverless cars and exposing a key flaw

7:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2015

The self-driving car, that cutting-edge creation that's supposed to lead to a world without accidents, is achieving the exact opposite right now: The vehicles have racked up a crash rate double that of those with human drivers....
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Chevy places four vehicles in Google most-searched list.

12:29 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2015

Four of the 10 most-searched vehicles using Google in 2015 were Chevrolet vehicles, including three of the top four....
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NHTSA chief prefers 'nimble, flexible' approach on self-driving car rules

4:59 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 17, 2015

The top U.S. auto safety watchdog said he opposes a "patchwork" of state regulations on driverless cars and promised a "nimble, flexible" approach to writing new rules for self-driving vehicles....
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Google to make self-driving car unit a stand-alone company in 2016, report says

10:20 am U.S. ET | Dec. 16, 2015

Google plans to make its self-driving cars unit, which will offer rides for hire, a stand-alone business under the Alphabet corporate umbrella next year, a person briefed on the strategy told Bloomberg....
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VIRTUAL REALITY

Google's goggles open up new world for auto marketers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2015

Virtual reality is making its way to the masses in auto marketing. While Google Cardboard isn't nearly as advanced as other upcoming options, it allows automakers to dabble in a developing space with engaging content that's accessible to a wide range of smartphone-owning consumers....
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