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Automakers see Apple Watch as chance to widen acceptance of connected-car features

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

Smartwatches are in their early days, but automakers see the rollout of the Apple Watch as a seminal moment. If any company has the clout to make smartwatches desirable to the masses, clearing the way for automakers to pitch new connected-car features, they say, it is the company that invented the iPod and iPhone....
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GUEST BLOG - DARON GIFFORD

BLOG: Why suppliers need to think differently or face extinction

1:56 pm U.S. ET | March 16, 2015

Auto suppliers need to have a plan that accounts for likely scenarios 10 years from now that may include Silicon Valley giants engineering cars that drive themselves. This is no small change....
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Apple seeks to dismiss lawsuit filed by electric battery maker A123

8:24 pm U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

Apple asked a U.S. court on Tuesday to dismiss a civil lawsuit filed by battery maker A123 systems over engineers hired by Apple, saying A123's claims were too speculative to proceed....
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Apple CEO sidesteps shareholder enthusiasm for a Tesla deal

5:04 pm U.S. ET | March 10, 2015

Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday found himself facing shareholders eager for a marriage or deal with Tesla Motors....
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Zetsche: Appetite for Apple opportunities

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 9, 2015

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche can't figure out why Apple would want to be an automaker. "I don't see a battle [with Apple]," said Zetsche, "but I do see a huge opportunity."...
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Silicon Valley debate on self-driving cars may focus on the need for a map

3:49 pm U.S. ET | March 6, 2015

The Silicon Valley race to build a self-driving car may revolve around one simple question: to map or not to map. The company at the forefront of the race, Google, is creating intricate maps that detail everything along the road. Newer entrants such as Apple could take a shortcut....
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Continental 'interested' in being partner on possible Apple car

March 5, 2015 11:50 CET

Continental would be interested in acting as partner for technology giant Apple if the tech company decides to build a car, CEO Elmar Degenhart said....
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BMW says talks with Apple don't involve developing i3-based car

March 5, 2015 15:23 CET

BMW said its talks with Apple do not involve developing or building a car for Apple based on the BMW i3, denying a German magazine report....
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Apple explores resolution of A123 Systems’ poaching suit

6:59 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

Apple said it’s exploring a potential resolution of a lawsuit in which it’s accused of poaching employees from a lithium ion battery maker amid reports that it’s trying to develop an electric car....
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BMW CEO Reithofer sees challenges mounting for his successor

March 4, 2015 21:46 CET

The new boss of BMW Group, Harald Krueger, will have to cope with the rise of electric cars, automated driving and new competitors, as well as the traditional uncertainties over consumer demand and fuel prices, the company's outgoing CEO, Norbert Reithofer, said....
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Apple seen emerging as serious competitor by auto executives

9:09 am U.S. ET | March 3, 2015

Auto executives are taking seriously the prospect that Apple and Google will emerge as competitors even as they consider partnering with the two....
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Daimler's Zetsche sees opportunity from convergence with tech firms

March 3, 2015 14:33 CET

Daimler is not afraid of new competitors from the technology and telecoms industries such as Google and Apple, CEO Dieter Zetsche said, adding that there is a tremendous opportunity for cooperation....
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Apple car rumors fuel debate on future vehicles

March 2, 2015 10:53 CET

Reports that Apple may be building a car have got established automakers wondering whether they are still in pole position to build the car of the future and will likely fuel debate at this week's Geneva auto show on the role of tech companies in the future of carmaking....
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Did you hear the one about the GM phone?

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

News reports about Apple getting into the car business were the talk of Detroit and Silicon Valley last week. Many in Detroit think the maker of the iPhone is biting off more than it can chew. Many in Silicon Valley think an Apple car would be better than anything from Detroit. Jokesters on the Internet also had a field day....
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JAMES B. TREECE

Car stores could be just like Apple stores, right?

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

"How's it going?" I asked my friend Gene-Erik Marketer. I hadn't seen him since the NADA convention. "Great!" he replied. "I really got our dealers fired up at our make meeting with my pitch to make our dealerships more like Apple stores!" I had to ask: "What does that mean?"...
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For Apple, an opportunity to revolutionize the automobile, without ever selling one

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 22, 2015

What could Apple do for the auto industry? With its $178 billion cash pile, probably anything it wants. But there's little reason to believe that Apple would want to join a marketplace that already exists — unless it saw an opportunity to revolutionize it....
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Apple hiring patterns, patents signal automotive r&d plans

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015

A year and a half ago, Apple had applied for just eight patents related to auto batteries. Recently, it has hired a bevy of engineers, just one of whom had already filed for 17 in his former career, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis....
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Apple said to be targeting EV car production as soon as 2020

Feb. 20, 2015 09:26 CET

Apple, which has been working secretly on a car, is pushing its team to begin production of an electric vehicle as early as 2020, sources told Bloomberg. The time frame underscores the project's aggressive goals and could set the stage for a battle for customers with Tesla and GM....
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Apple is poaching auto engineers to build battery division, lawsuit claims

Feb. 19, 2015 12:48 CET

Electric-car battery maker A123 Systems has sued Apple for allegedly poaching engineers to build a large-scale battery division, according to a court filing that could offer further evidence that Apple is developing a car....
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Ex-GM CEO Akerson cautions Apple on trials of making cars

6:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2015

Dan Akerson, retired CEO of GM, said Apple should steer clear of the business of making cars, though a push into automobile electronics would be a better move for the iPhone maker....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Apple's electric car dreams may bring auto industry nightmares

6:53 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

Before Apple decides to move ahead with its Project Titan project and build an electric car, the company may want to look at the menu of challenges that come with being in the automobile business these days....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

BLOG: Thanks, but no thanks, to an Apple car

12:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

I know some of you will accuse me of heresy against a Higher Power for saying it, but I don’t like Apple. Never have....
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Silicon Valley muscles into Motor City's turf

7:16 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015

“Detroit vs. Everybody” is a popular t-shirt in the hometown of General Motors and Ford Motor Co. these days. Yet it might as well read “Silicon Valley vs. Motor City” as the San Francisco Bay Area emerges as a center for global transportation innovation....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

5 ways that Apple is already poised to become an automaker

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015

Apple may already be positioned to evolve into a global automaker in many ways that other Silicon Valley companies aren't. While Apple often tests ideas that don't get released, but a secret project underscores the company's long-held desire to play a greater role in the automotive space, which is ripe for more of a merging with users' digital lives....
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CHARLES CHILD

BLOG: Resist the temptation, Apple: Cars are a tricky proposition

9:13 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015

So if media reports are true, Apple wants to join Google in the car business. Apple, please resist -- for your own good....
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