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Luxury brands tap mobile software experts to polish premium cachet

8:46 am U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2016

Software expertise has become the new battleground for luxury automakers as the latest premium cars compete on high-tech innovations rather than sheer power or luxury, something that requires millions of lines of code....
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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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Magna to stay flexible on tech partnerships

6:39 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

Fresh on the heels of his company's acquisition of transmission supplier Getrag last week, Magna CEO Don Walker said he sees no slowdown in the pace of consolidation among auto suppliers....
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Toyota won't rush to fully autonomous vehicles, Lentz says

6:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

While Google’s gumdrop-shaped self-driving car is logging thousands of miles on the streets of California, don’t expect to jump in the backseat of a Toyota anytime soon for a robot-chauffeured ride....
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Ghosn says carmakers must woo consumers to autonomous cars

11:27 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Consumers are not asking the auto industry to move into autonomous-drive cars, but manufacturers must take them there by “giving them a lot of benefits,” says Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn. He cited two: safety and mobility for older drivers....
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THE EVERYDAY EV

Electrification powers automakers' broader plans for future mobility

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

Electrification is fast becoming just one piece of a broader showcase of connectivity and convenience, as automakers try to find the right recipe for the future of urban mobility....
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Autonomous vehicle architects begin to contemplate the human inside

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

Automakers and suppliers busily developing hardware and software for autonomous cars are more focused than ever ensuring that humans feel their lives are truly getting better with rising automation....
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1,000-hp electric FFZERO1 concept isn't just for show

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

Though its goal was to highlight the Faraday brand, the FFZERO1 uses the same platform and battery system as the company's planned production models....
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Faraday exits shadows, remains an enigma

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

The 1,000-hp race car concept that Faraday Future unveiled at last week's Consumer Electronics Show may have swept away some of the mystery surrounding the Chinese-backed electric car startup. But it's still unclear who's in the driver's seat, or what's coming next....
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JASON STEIN

Tech push requires culture clash

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

If you want to understand the real meaning of the Consumer Electronics Show - and how the tech sector is influencing auto and vice versa - you need to go back a year and head 2,000 miles east from Las Vegas to a cafeteria in Dearborn, Mich....
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Chevrolet Bolt: An EV designed for ride-sharing

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

Chevrolet's Bolt electric vehicle will feature connectivity galore and an airy interior that belies its modest size, which is slightly smaller than a Chevy Trax subcompact....
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TomTom launches high-resolution maps to rival Here

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

TomTom, the No. 2 supplier of maps for in-car navigation systems, said is was ready to deliver similar maps for more than 15,000 miles of highways in California and Michigan, two key testing grounds for autonomous vehicles....
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Ford seeks drone app for disaster zones

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

When disaster strikes, an F-150 can only go so far....
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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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Tesla curbs autopilot functionality in Model S cars

10:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

Tesla Motors said it was updating the Autopilot driving systems in Model S sedans to put new limits on its hands-free operation, which has been both praised for its innovation while criticized for having been launched too early....
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Autonomous vehicles will be safer, not perfect

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

The self-driving car is likely to make mistakes from time to time, just as humans do, says the head of Toyota's new research institute. But overall, autonomous vehicles will be significantly safer than cars controlled by humans....
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GM sees Bolt as proof of its forward thinking

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

General Motors says the Chevrolet Bolt electric vehicle -- designed for a ride-sharing world -- shows the automaker has been thinking for a long time about how changes in personal mobility will affect its future business model....
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Mired in crisis, VW shows innovative side

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2016

Volkswagen's Herbert Diess used his platform at last week's Consumer Electronics Show to present a vision of a post-crisis VW....
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Beacons help brands target consumers on the show floor

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2016

This year's Detroit auto show will use beacons, wireless digital transmitters located around the exhibition hall that can track the movements of show visitors and communicate with them through their smartphones via Bluetooth as they wander the floor....
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Big suppliers hunger for startups' tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2016

The auto industry's big suppliers are racing to invest in companies that can deliver key technologies for infotainment, self-driving cars, EV batteries -- you name it....
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Crash rates for self-driving cars less than conventional cars, study says

3:42 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2016

Self-driving cars are involved in fewer crashes on average than vehicles with a driver behind the wheel, a study released today by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute shows....
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Panasonic says windfall from autonomous cars still years away

2:20 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga says it will be years before autonomous systems contribute meaningfully to the company’s bottom line....
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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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Mercedes working on a range of EVs, E-class self-driving upgrades

12:06 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG is developing plans to produce a family of new battery-powered luxury vehicles, the automaker's research chief said....
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Mobileye wants automakers to share maps for autonomous cars

10:03 am U.S. ET | Jan. 7, 2016

Tech supplier Mobileye wants to convince automakers that join its project to create crowd-sourced maps to share their data, creating a constantly updated, global digital map to guide self-driving cars, Chairman and Chief Technology Officer Amnon Shashua said....
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