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Cars hear you, but when will they get you?

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

Almost all vehicles sold in America today are programmed to respond to a driver's voice commands. But still on the frontiers of automotive research are vehicles that can determine what a driver really wants -- and respond intelligently. Getting to that point is a profound engineering challenge that is leading researchers beyond voice recognition and into the realm of artificial intelligence....
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IT'S ABOUT TIME

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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In era of streaming music, radio rocks on

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

Radio has proved incredibly resilient, and the auto industry has taken notice, investing in digital radio even as CD players disappear from the dash. This year in the U.S., about half of new cars sold will be outfitted with a service called HD Radio, which offers a crisper signal and thousands of extra stations....
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BMW wants 1,000 Geniuses in coming years

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

To date, BMW stores have a total of 500 product Geniuses -- customer advisers who explain features and do vehicle deliveries but don't sell cars. Peter Miles, vice president of sales channel development and customer relations, expects that number to grow to 750 by the end of the year and to 1,000 in coming years....
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Honda launches $1 million campaign to draw Ohio students to manufacturing

12:15 pm U.S. ET | March 20, 2015

Honda is joining a push in Ohio to interest middle and high school students in manufacturing careers, a move stemming from increasing concerns about possible future shortages of qualified workers....
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LaSorda's venture capital fund invests in auto cyber-security firm

11:13 am U.S. ET | March 18, 2015

Tom LaSorda, the former CEO of Chrysler and Fisker, said his venture capital fund IncWell has invested in a global automotive cyber-security supplier called TowerSec. Terms of the investment were not disclosed....
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Self-driving cars will prove safer than humans, Musk says

2:54 pm U.S. ET | March 17, 2015

It may become illegal for humans to take the wheel once self-driving cars have proven themselves, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk said. “In the distant future, I think people may outlaw driving cars because it's too dangerous,” Musk said at a conference earlier today....
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All new EU cars will need emergency call technology from 2018

March 17, 2015 17:09 CET

All new cars sold in the European Union from 2018 will have to be equipped with technology to contact emergency services in the case of an accident....
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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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Tesla plans software update for Model S to address range anxiety

6:59 pm U.S. ET | March 15, 2015

Tesla will unveil a software update for the Model S on Thursday that is designed to quell fears that drivers will run out of power, CEO Elon Musk said Sunday....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Carmakers struggle to balance content, privacy

March 12, 2015 06:01 CET

Daimler's head of User Interaction and Connected Car, Ralf Lamberti, believes linking data generated in vehicles to individual drivers could make it more secure, meaning one day we may have to log on in our vehicles as we do on our computers....
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GABE NELSON

BLOG: Let the car-hacking lawsuits begin

3:29 pm U.S. ET | March 11, 2015

Fear often outpaces reality, and the issue of car hacking is no exception. But if you ask experts if any ordinary car has ever been hacked, they'll tell you no....
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Magna enters mobility race with partnership

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

Automakers aren't the only ones with a hand in the mobility game. Don't forget about suppliers such as Magna International, for instance, that could slide in and make a play as well....
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RideScout CEO: An Army vet's view of mobility

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

Serving in the Iraqi desert helped spark Army veteran Joseph Kopser's idea for mobility app RideScout....
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Lithia tests shopper-friendly tech

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

Lithia Motors Inc. is testing new technology it dubs "The Sales Evolution" in three dealerships. The technology delivers to Lithia's salespeople the same information that customers see, such as vehicle prices and third-party reviews. The goal: a seamless customer experience from home to the dealership, says CEO Bryan DeBoer....
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Surveys can lie, but the brain knows if shoppers like ads

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 7, 2015

Auto advertisers, who drop billions each year on TV ads, are now using neuroscience researcher tools to tap into a person's subconscious to find out if commercials are resonating emotionally. Triggering a strong emotional reaction is crucial for advertisers because it activates the brain's memory centers and could be the gateway to a sale....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

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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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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Audi spreads wireless connectivity to nearly all 2016 models

10:53 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015

Audi said it plans to equip nearly all of its 2016 model-year vehicles with 4G LTE or 3G high-speed data connectivity to give drivers Wi-Fi access from the road....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Opel/Vauxhall touts connectivity as OnStar rolls out in Europe

March 3, 2015 18:43 CET

Opel/Vauxhall believes its OnStar digital service will help it win new customers, boost sales and return to profit after it begins to roll out the service in 13 European markets including Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Spain....
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NXP to buy Freescale in $11.8 billion deal for automotive microchips

2:29 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015

Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV said today it will pay $11.8 billion to acquire Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor. NXP has succeeded where other European chipmakers have struggled by focusing on products for the auto industry and mobile payments....
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OUTSIDE-IN STRATEGY

Fields lures another Ford newbie in push for fresh thinking

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

Ford CEO Mark Fields has plenty of reasons to fear being left behind as Tesla, Google and Apple shake up the auto industry. That’s why he’s hired another outsider to help his 112-year old automaker control its own destiny....
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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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TrueCar to stress mobile shopping as revenue surges

7:51 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 19, 2015

TrueCar is rebuilding its computer interface around mobile car-shopping to seize on a pronounced trend in its traffic volume, CEO Scott Painter said. In January for the first time, 50 percent of shoppers on TrueCar’s website got there via a mobile device, Painter said; that figure is expected to grow to 90 percent in 18 months....
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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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