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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Suppliers learn to innovate quickly

2:35 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
From Tesla to the Google driverless car to the aluminum 2015 Ford F-150 pickup to active safety systems that promise zero fatalities, the auto industry is changing at an unprecedented pace. For auto suppliers, that means relentless pressure to innovate at warp speed....
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JESSE SNYDER

Save up -- the future is a hungry beast

11:57 am U.S. ET | Jan. 14, 2015
Anywhere on the Detroit auto show floor you can see healthy automakers branching out. Call it the vigor of health. These initiatives don't happen in hard times....
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Ford says internal quality ratings rise following tech fixes

8:52 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Ford says its internal North American quality ratings improved last year for the first time since 2010, after working through issues with its touchscreen systems and bumpy new-model launches....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

TrueCar says app will help automakers know, target customers

5:43 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Vowing to build a better relationship with car dealers, TrueCar CEO Scott Painter showed an early version of a new mobile app at the Automotive News World Congress in Detroit that he said will help automakers target customers more efficiently....
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Audi sales chief unveils virtual reality system for shoppers

4:01 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Audi AG's top sales executive today unveiled a new virtual reality system that he called the “most flexible sales format ever invented for the car industry.”...
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2015 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

BMW looks at time as ultimate luxury

7:10 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Time is one of the most sought-after luxuries, and the auto industry is using technology to give customers more of it, says Ian Robertson, BMW AG board member for sales and marketing....
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Verizon offers to hook up drivers of disconnected, older cars

12:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 13, 2015
Drivers of older cars can gain some of today's technology when Verizon introduces a product linking them with its wireless network for help in a breakdown and advice on how to fix their aging set of wheels....
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Car guys tell Google to move over

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Mercedes-Benz basically invented the automobile. And judging from its new prototype for a self-driving luxury car, it may be an old-guard company like Mercedes -- not a newcomer like Google Inc. -- that reinvents the automobile for the next century....
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DAVID SEDGWICK

'Hive mind' could help cars expect the unexpected

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Perhaps the key obstacle to the adoption of self-driving cars is fear of the unexpected -- a road encounter with an unfamiliar object that the vehicle's computer can't classify and thus can't anticipate. But what if each autonomous car could benefit from a central supercomputer that could identify the unknown object by analyzing images transmitted by millions of vehicles?...
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HOLD THE PHONE

Suppliers resist ceding controls in the cockpit to Apple and Google

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2015
Most automakers and traditional suppliers aren't content to let mobile-phone technology dictate how drivers interact with their vehicles....
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Big suppliers try to move like a startup

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2015
Silicon Valley's blistering pace of product development has prompted some very large, very traditional automotive suppliers to try to reinvent themselves as technology startups....
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Driverless-car global market seen reaching $42 billion by 2025

5:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 8, 2015
Vehicles that drive themselves on the freeway or take over in traffic jams may be on the road in large numbers by 2017 and autonomous cars might create a $42 billion market for the technology by 2025, Boston Consulting Group said....
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BMW's iDrive will add touch screen, gesture recognition

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
BMW plans to add touch-screen and gesture recognition to its next-generation iDrive human-machine interface. The enhanced technology is designed to increase the user friendliness of commands to operate navigation, infotainment and smartphones for the driver and front passenger....
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Mercedes-Benz's vision of luxury makes driving optional

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
Mercedes-Benz unveiled a concept car that illustrates its vision of luxury circa 2030, when self-driving vehicles would be sophisticated enough for drivers to be able to hand over control to a network of computer chips and sensors....
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Ford CEO Fields predicts self-driving cars on roads in 5 years

6:18 am U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2015
Ford CEO Mark Fields said that an automaker probably will introduce a self-driving vehicle within half a decade, but it won't be his company, which is focusing on less expensive features that assist in driving....
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GM offers sneak peek of the next-gen Volt in Vegas

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
General Motors provided a sneak peek at the next-generation Chevrolet Volt -- which will be quicker, quieter and have a longer range than its predecessor -- Sunday night at International CES here....
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Drivers will pay up to $1,499 for tech features, study says

8:40 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
A majority of drivers in the United States are willing to pay as much as $1,499 to have high-tech entertainment and safety devices in their vehicles as consumers demand more connectivity, according to a Harris Poll....
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Toyota opens hydrogen patents to advance fuel cells

4:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Toyota said today it won’t enforce more than 5,600 patents it owns on hydrogen fuel-cell technology through 2020, allowing rivals to reap the fruits of its research royalty-free. The move mirrors a step last year by Tesla Motors....
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Silicon Valley chipmaker Nvidia, Audi step up computing work

6:20 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Chipmaker Nvidia revealed that it's accelerating its push into cars with two purpose-built automotive computers. Nvidia has built up its list of automotive customers over the past several years, with luxury brands such as Tesla and Audi now using its high-powered chips....
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Software supplier Elektrobit to open Silicon Valley office in self-driving cars play

9:00 am U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2015
Software specialist Elektrobit said today it is opening an office in Silicon Valley to work with automotive r&d centers that are developing self-driving cars of the future....
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GM plans driving feedback, prognosis service for OnStar subscribers

7:00 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 4, 2015
GM will introduce a service this year that gives OnStar subscribers feedback on their driving habits, potentially allowing responsible drivers to qualify for discounted insurance. And in another planned offering that leverages GM's beefed-up Onstar connection, Chevrolet will notify some customers of potential trouble with their battery, fuel pump or other components....
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Across Europe, custom cars make a comeback

8:19 am U.S. ET | Dec. 31, 2014
Advances in computer design and safety testing have helped improve the feasibility of custom coachbuilding specialized in creating one-off cars for wealthy buyers, helping collectors achieve what had been a distant dream....
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Connected cars overtake video games at CES

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 30, 2014
The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas -- once known for cutting-edge phones and video games -- now has a new main attraction: cars and light trucks. A record 10 automakers plan to spotlight wares in exhibit space the size of three football fields when the 2015 show opens next month. The amount of display space at CES dedicated to car technologies has almost doubled over the last five years....
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Shifting eyes back to the road ahead

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 29, 2014
Interior designers are working to concentrate more of a vehicle’s critical information directly in front of the driver and away from center-stack display screens....
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German premium brands seek to highlight tech lead at electronics show

Dec. 29, 2014 06:01 CET
Germany's premium automakers aim to show that they still have a leading edge in autonomous driving and car connectivity technology at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas....
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