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Intel poised to roll out first batch of self-driving cars

Computer chipmaker Intel, which announced plans in August to build a fleet of 100 self-driving cars, is preparing to roll out its first batch of 25 units this year in California and Phoenix.

Change bearing down on rearview mirrors

IHS Markit predicts a surge in global production of panoramic rearview display cameras -- even though safety regulators are still undecided about them. Magna has already developed camera-equipped mirrors.

Change bearing down on rearview mirrors

IHS Markit predicts a surge in global production of panoramic rearview display cameras -- even though safety regulators are still undecided about them.

Why there's a need for protocol on self-driving car accidents

As fleets of robo-taxis start mixing on public roads with cars, motorcycles and pedestrians, accidents will be inevitable -- and so will be the need for a process to deal with them.

Takata’s pain, Autoliv’s gain

Takata's acquisition is nearly a done deal and should calm down the airbag market. But Sweden's Autoliv is busy snapping up the majority of the contracts it bids on.

China comes on strong for Cooper Standard

Detroit brake- and fuel-line supplier Cooper-Standard sees a robust period ahead, thanks in large part to its mobilization in China.

Autoliv partners up for self-driving safety

Swedish airbag supplier Autoliv is partnering with seat-maker Adient to develop new interior approaches to autonomous vehicles.

Nexteer at work on hands-free steering

The next generation of steer-by-wire opens the door for hand-free driving, retractable steering wheels and other autonomous driving elements. And Nexteer says the technology will soon be here.

Driverless taxis might be riderless, too

Many drivers say they want no part of a robo-car. But that might be an opportunity for suppliers.

Interiors reconceived for the self-driving era

Interior suppliers at the Frankfurt auto show signal a growing consensus about how cockpits of the future will look -- with preference for armrest controls, no knobs and no center consoles.

Key Safety well-positioned, departing CEO says

Jason Luo told Ford headhunters that he had to see Key Safety's acquisition of Takata through before moving on -- but now he's leaving Key with a plan for growth.

Suppliers on track for record acquisitions

Suppliers are on a record pace for acquisitions, with electronics producers and Europeans offering the most allure. But it's North American suppliers, including Magna, Linamar and Martinrea, positioned to do the buying.

Suppliers on track for record acquisitions

Suppliers are on a record pace for acquisitions, with electronics producers and Europeans offering the most allure.

Yanfeng positions itself as one-stop interiors shop

Shanghai's Yanfeng has formed in-house business incubators to develop new products for vehicle interiors, such as lighting, "smart" surfaces with capacitive controls and self-cleaning cockpit materials.

GM's Bolt signals innovation in supplier contracts

The Chevrolet Bolt has drawn considerable media attention, but the supplier deals General Motors forged to build it may prove equally important.

California regulators willing to talk about air quality targets

Trump or no Trump, California regulators remain convinced that their air quality targets are achievable and necessary -- but they're willing to talk about it.

Charging key to EV growth, Conti executive says

Most analysts focus on the cost and range of vehicle battery packs, but Continental executives believe market interest is more dependent on battery charging systems.

JCI sees big role for lead-acid batteries

Lead acid is still hot for future application, says battery maker Johnson Controls.

Lidar is here; Valeo expects price to drop over next 5 years

UPDATED: 8/04/17 5:07 pm ET

Lidar-equipped vehicles are available in showrooms, but forget about those Google-style, coffee-can-size lidars on the roofs.

Supplier deals run hot -- but has Silicon Valley peaked?

Automotive suppliers generated many of the mergers and acquisitions in the first half of 2017, as deal-makers sought to fill gaps in their technology portfolios.

Mobileye lets cars keep eyes on the road

Mobileye's acquisition by Silicon Valley's Intel will help raise obstacle detection to new levels.

Faurecia invests in digital manufacturing

French supplier Faurecia has invested $64 million to install a digital manufacturing system in a new factory in Columbus, Ind., a company executive said Monday.

Which suppliers will survive the electric era?

As many as 75 of the industry's top 100 suppliers will face irrelevance by 2030 unless they establish a niche in the market for electrified cars, concludes a just-released study.

STATE OF SUPPLIERS: Faurecia tests passengers on the move

To reimagine how interiors will work in the autonomous age, Faurecia tries out new ideas at a Michigan studio.

Which suppliers will survive the electric era?

A new forecast warns that as many as 75 of the industry's top 100 suppliers will face irrelevance by 2030 unless they establish a niche for electrified cars.

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