First Shift: Toyota, Panasonic unite on battery researchDec. 13
BMW denies diesel cars have 'shut off' device to mask high NOx emissionsDec. 5
BMW denied allegations that engine management software shut off a system filtering emissions in some of its diesel cars. A German environmental group alleged that a 3-series diesel wagon emitted amounts of NOx seven times above the legal limit.
German automakers' Here to buy 'over the air' software update companyNov. 30
VW joins Ford, BMW to offer Amazon's 'Alexa' voice serviceJan. 20
Volkswagen will offer the first embedded application of Amazon's Alexa voice service in a vehicle, as the growing focus on network-connected appliances and other home devices inspires collaborations between automakers and technical service providers.
Daimler launches Tel Aviv hub for auto technologyNov. 16
Daimler has opened a research and development center in Tel Aviv, one of a growing number of multinational firms seeking to tap into Israel's auto technology expertise as the industry moves towards self-driving cars.
Daimler will launch 'Ask Mercedes' customer service appNov. 8
Daimler will launch a customer support voice-activated "chatbox" app. Customers will be able to pose questions to the app either in vehicles where it has been installed, or by using a smartphone version of the service.