Technology

Continental says it's 'working heavily' on electrified turbo

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

Continental AG is working on an electrified turbocharger to compete with a similar unit made by France's Valeo that is scheduled to debut on an Audi next year....
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KRISHNAN M. ANANTHARAMAN

The connected car will get better with age

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

The upgrade CD gave way to the downloadable software patch and later to the over-the-air update that's beamed wirelessly to your laptop or smartphone. This is how today's connected computers get better -- continually, seamlessly and sometimes automatically. It's how connected cars will get better, too....
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WAVE OF THE FUTURE?

BMW's flagship gives gesture controls first big test

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 20, 2015

Gesture control is here, but automakers are being cautious, having learned a lesson from the problems that plagued early voice-control systems. With the debut of gesture controls in BMW's flagship sedan later this year, yet another interface is entering the fray....
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Toyota torques up turbodiesel lineup for trucks

10:26 am U.S. ET | June 19, 2015

Toyota is stepping up a global upgrade of high-efficiency powerplants through the end of this year with the deployment of two new turbodiesel engines....
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U.S. report finds fuel-economy targets can be met -- at a cost

11:22 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2015

A midsize sedan can exceed the 54 mpg needed to comply with the U.S. government's Corporate Average Fuel Economy regulations in 2025 without adding expensive electrification technology such as a hybrid powertrain, according to a new study released today....
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Audi, BMW, Mercedes favored by Nokia for maps deal, report says

June 18, 2015 10:39 CET

Nokia favors selling its HERE maps unit to Audi, BMW and Mercedes although price differences remain, according to sources. Final bids are due this week on the business, which supplies maps data for about 80 percent of cars with in-dash navigation systems in North America and Europe....
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Kia rises in J.D. Power quality; Japanese fall below average

1:00 pm U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Kia topped all other nonpremium brands in J.D. Power and Associates' latest survey of new-vehicle quality for the first time ever, while Japanese brands fell below the industry average -- another first in the study's 29-year history....
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AAA finds 8 in 10 drivers report their mpg tops EPA ratings

9:51 am U.S. ET | June 17, 2015

Eight in 10 drivers report getting better fuel economy than the EPA ratings posted on their vehicles' window stickers, AAA says in a new study....
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Remote-control Range Rover shows hand on wheel is becoming optional

June 17, 2015 11:42 CET

Jaguar Land Rover is testing technology that allows a driver to steer a vehicle from outside the car. The app can be used to steer a car into and out of tight parking spots and may appear on production cars in 2020....
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Jaguar XJ adds tech, trim lines for 2016

11:30 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2015

Jaguar, hot on the heels of BMW's redesigned 7-series sedan, is prepping a freshened XJ sport sedan for 2016. The exterior features a larger, more upright grille, new LED head- and taillamps, and a new R-Sport model. But there's quite a bit new and improved inside and under the skin....
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Ford-Jaguar consortium to test driver-less pods in UK

June 16, 2015 12:30 CET

Ford and Jaguar Land Rover are teaming up with the UK government to test autonomous cars as an add-on to public transport systems. The UK Autodrive Consortium will place 40 self-driving transport “pods” in a town north of London for six months beginning in late 2017....
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Cox-Dealertrack deal to create full-service dealer software powerhouse

7:42 am U.S. ET | June 15, 2015

Cox Automotive's $4 billion blockbuster acquisition of Dealertrack Technologies brings together software giants with complementary strengths and little product overlap, the CEOs of the two companies said today....
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Tech-laden 7 series must prove it's a driver's BMW

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

For all its new whiz-bang gadgetry, the 7 series will still have to prove its worth as a driver's car, not a technological showcase....
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A Ford r&d center for this century

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

As Ford tries to instill some Silicon Valley attitude into its ranks, the automaker is planning a major overhaul to bring its aging research and engineering campus out of the 1960s....
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Porsche defeats Audi at 83rd Le Mans endurance race

June 15, 2015 12:32 CET

Porsche won the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race for the first time since 1998, defeating Audi, which triumphed in 10 of the 11 prior contests. Porsche's 919 Hybrid car took first and second places, while Audi's R18 e-tron came in third....
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New study focuses on untested passenger side

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

IIHS is subjecting a few vehicles to additional small-overlap crash testing after discovering that some new models had structural reinforcements on the driver side, where IIHS normally performs its test, but not on the passenger side....
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Quality snag stalls bi-fuel Impala delivery

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

Dealers and customers who ordered the natural gas Chevrolet Impala have been waiting as long as a year as General Motors works to solve a quality problem....
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Volvo keeps it simple to stand out from Germans

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

Volvo will make reduced complexity a selling point against its German premium rivals, CEO Hakan Samuelsson said....
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10 mobility startups get ready for big leagues

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

Ten startups with inventions ranging from a car-sharing platform for classic and exotic cars to logistics software for truckers have converged in Detroit for the summer as part of Techstars Mobility, Driven by Detroit....
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Need a prototype part? Send an email to the 3-D printer

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

3-D printing, which uses a type of plastic powder and technology similar to an inkjet printer, has made it possible for FCA engineers to get a prototype part made within 24 hours. That kind of speed - never before consistently possible in the auto industry - dramatically reduces development costs....
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JLR chief: Want young customers? Get eco-friendly

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2015

Lowering emissions is an industry “priority” and automakers risk turning off the new generation of customers if they didn't address environmental concerns, Jaguar Land Rover's CEO said. He added that success for electric vehicles will depend on the next generation of batteries....
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Hyundai wants to gain performance cred

11:48 am U.S. ET | June 13, 2015

For the last three years, a team of select engineers at Hyundai's sprawling Namyang technical center outside Seoul has been toiling on a project to spice up the brand's ho-hum performance....
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JLR invests millions to make entire fleet connected

June 12, 2015 06:01 CET

Jaguar Land Rover aims to have all its new vehicles connected by the end of this year and has spent millions to acheive this. Mike Bell, who was appointed global connected car director in 2012, told Automotive News Europe why this is so important to the carmaker....
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Ford's sleek new S-Max gets tech boost

June 12, 2015 06:01 CET

Ford has given its new S-Max a wide array of advanced technologies and a sleeker design. The S-Max is the first Ford worldwide to offer a speed limiting system that scans traffic signs and adjusts the throttle to help drivers stay within legal speed limits....
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LUCA CIFERRI

BLOG: Life or death decisions

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 12, 2015

Self-driving cars would open a world of opportunity to people like me who are fascinated by any new technology but these vehicles also raise some ethical dilemmas regarding the choices a vehicle might make in a critical situation....
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