Technology

Suppliers develop rear-seat airbags

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015
Airbag suppliers, which have developed an array of airbags, side curtains and knee bolsters to protect front-seat occupants, are starting to design a new generation of airbags for rear-seat passengers....
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Apple hiring auto experts for secret research project, reports say

4:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
Apple is hiring automotive technology and design experts to staff up a top-secret research lab, with the possible intention of building a car, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The Wall Street Journal reported the project, code-named “Titan,” has an initial design of a vehicle that resembles a minivan....
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Honda CEO Ito resists moves for his ouster, report says

6:37 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Honda CEO Takanobu Ito, under fire for how he is dismantling the traditional way the Japanese car maker sources parts and technologies, has resisted moves for his ouster and will fight on for another two-year term, four people with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters....
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Senators to propose vehicle ratings for data security

6:11 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Two senators want new-vehicle stickers to include a “cyber dashboard” that would include ratings for security systems designed to protect cars and light trucks from hackers and for privacy controls that safeguard vehicle data....
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Patent 'trolls' target automakers, and Ford pushes back

6:42 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Ford was sued for patent infringement more than a dozen times between 2012 and 2014 by so-called “patent trolls.” These outfits, also known as patent assertion companies, initiate patent cases but don't sell products of their own. Now they're targeting automakers, but Ford is pushing back....
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UK gives go-ahead to test driverless cars on roads

Feb. 11, 2015 08:28 CET
Britons will be joined on the roads by driverless cars starting in the summer after the government gave the go-ahead for the vehicles to be tested on public roads to encourage companies developing the technology to invest in the country....
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Senator's report cites cars' data security holes

2:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Connectivity technologies have made automobiles vulnerable to hackers who could gain control of vehicle functions or compromise the security of vehicle data, according to a report released today by a leading congressional voice on auto safety....
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Turbos boost Ferrari's efficiency

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Ferrari's 488 GTB, which debuts at the Geneva auto show next month, is using turbocharging to boost fuel economy....
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Daimler's innovation unit looks to products of the future

Feb. 7, 2015 06:01 CET
Daimler's business innovation unit is figuring out how current customers' children will use the automaker's products. That can mean everything from 3-D printing for classic car parts to package-delivery drones and a driverless concept car that doubles as a luxury lounge....
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Google can disrupt car industry but is no automaker, Zetsche says

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
Technology companies such as Google are unlikely to become mass car manufacturers, even if they have the potential to disrupt an industry increasingly focused on software and automated driving, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says....
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U.S. fuel economy improves for first time since August, report shows

3:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015
The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the US improved last month for the first time since August, increasing 0.3 mpg, according to a monthly report by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Does FCA have a new small turbodiesel coming to the states? Why, it's a mystery

1:19 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 4, 2015
Break out the Scooby Snacks, because I've got a mystery that might even stump Velma: Is Fiat Chrysler secretly developing a new 16-valve, 2.2-liter turbodiesel engine for its passenger cars? Jinkies....
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Ford intensifies self-driving research in Europe

Feb. 4, 2015 11:46 CET
Ford announced research collaborations in Germany and the UK to look at future mobility and autonomous driving solutions. CEO Mark Fields said: "We are embarking on one of the most transformative eras in the history of the auto industry and in the history of Ford."...
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Audi exec takes aim at fully autonomous driving

Feb. 4, 2015 06:01 CET
Audi plans to start offering advanced self-driving features in its cars by the end of next year, with fully autonomous vehicles expected to be ready for serial production within 10 years, Ulrich Hackenberg, the automaker's technology boss, said....
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Google developing Uber rival, report says

6:07 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Uber faces an ever-growing cast of adversaries. But the most significant threat to the app-based transportation company may be much closer to home: one of its biggest investors. Google is preparing to offer its own ride-hailing service, most likely in conjunction with its long-in-development driverless car project....
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Another fix for Jeep's troubled 9-speed

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Fiat Chrysler executives say they are straightening out software problems with the automaker's nine-speed automatic transmission, but nagging issues persist. Consumer complaints about the 2014 Jeep Cherokee describe hard shifts, lunging, unexpected disengagement of the transmission or repeated illumination of malfunction lights....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Check out the ANE e-magazine for February

Feb. 2, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine is ready for you to view. This month's edition looks at Europe's big 2014 sales winners and explains why 2015 is off to a positive start....
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COOL THINGS

Inspired technology keeps dealer complacency at bay

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
The four biggest software providers at the exhibition -- Cox, Reynolds and Reynolds, CDK Global and Dealertrack Technologies -- reported being busy with demos and customers each day of the three-day show....
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Full speed ahead for aluminum

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Aluminum company executives say the modest fuel economy gain posted by the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 has not dented automakers' enthusiasm for the metal....
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Retailers spur DealerSocket to buy Web company

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
DealerSocket, a leading provider of customer relationship management software to dealers, bought website company DealerFire last month because customers wanted web services too....
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Q&A

Audi pushes toward fully autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Audi plans to start offering advanced self-driving features in its cars by the end of next year. The company's technology boss, Ulrich Hackenberg, meanwhile, expects fully autonomous vehicles to be ready for serial production within 10 years....
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European suppliers poised for boost from self-driving cars, lower emissions

Jan. 30, 2015 06:01 CET
European suppliers such as Faurecia and Valeo have a five- to 10-year window for above-average organic growth because of trends such as the race to produce vehicles that can drive themselves and to build cars that are more fuel efficient, according to a report....
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ANE's February e-magazine goes live Monday

Jan. 30, 2015 06:01 CET
The latest issue of the Automotive News Europe monthly e-magazine goes live on Monday, Feb. 2. This month's edition looks at Europe's big 2014 sales winners and explains why 2015 is off to a positive start....
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Oil-price drop may threaten to undercut Obama's clean-energy legacy

7:27 am U.S. ET | Jan. 28, 2015
Last year's 33 percent drop in gasoline prices already has automakers laying the groundwork to challenge more stringent fuel economy targets for new cars....
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Germany plans driverless-car pilot project on autobahn

Jan. 27, 2015 10:36 CET
Germany plans a driverless-car pilot project on a portion of the A9 autobahn between Munich and Berlin. The project would be one of the first to equip a stretch of public highway specifically for testing autonomous vehicles....
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