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China's GAC sets U.S. launch for '19, will recruit dealers at NADA convention

UPDATED: 1/15/18 10:19 pm ET -- corrected

After years of teases and promises, China's Guangzhou Automotive Group announced firm plans to enter the United States market. It plans to recruit dealers at the upcoming NADA convention.

New kind of climate control can save energy

Valeo's Smart Cocoon reduces energy demands by 30 to 55 percent.

Building blocks of new interiors are production-ready

Interiors suppliers are ready for the new demands coming from self-driving cars.

CES 2018: Coolest gadgets and gizmos from the show

CES showcases a lot of wild and crazy products every year, but many will never make it to consumers. Still, some of the coolest tech we saw at the show were features you might see in cars in the next few years

Avis tries out app to operate keyless cars

Avis will experiment with a fleet of 5,000 keyless cars this year in Kansas City, Mo., to see if key fobs can be rendered obsolete.

Aptiv to continue testing robotaxi fleet in Vegas long after CES

Tech supplier Aptiv, which is ferrying CES visitors and participants up and down the Strip in a fleet of driverless vehicles, plans to continue beta-testing the vehicles and their ride-hailing software after the show ends.

Panasonic upgrades infotainment to enable voice commands without cloud

Panasonic is upgrading its next-generation infotainment system so that Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant will respond to voice commands even when the vehicle loses its cloud connection.

Bosch, Continental plan to acquire 5% stake in digital navigation supplier Here

UPDATED: 1/4/18 4:32 am ET - adds details

Bosch and Continental plan to acquire 5 percent stakes in digital mapping company Here to gain more expertise in driver-assistance and other data-based technologies. Here is jointly controlled by BMW, Daimler and Audi.

Retiring Lear CEO sees bets pay off

CEO Matt Simoncini is leaving Lear in a healthy position -- flush with money to make acquisition deals if necessary, but for the moment, not needing to.

Lidar a hot investment — even for Bill Ford

Bill Ford's investment company just took a stake in lidar supplier Ouster as industry interest heats up for the technology.

Costs sink Sommer, but ZF committed to autonomous

Boardroom unease over ongoing acquisitions just brought down ZF's CEO. But the parts giant knows it must press on to be a true global autonomous vehicle competitor.

Ride-hailing firms will be giants in 2030

In 2030, expect automakers to be trying to manage uneasy alliances of suppliers, huge ride-hailing fleets, mega-dealers and Internet giants — all with their own agendas.

Jockeying for future mobility position

The bright future of autonomous vehicles and smart transportation grids is still a bundle of unanswered questions. But one thing is for sure: getting there is triggering a massive industry restructuring.

In-demand tech puts wary suppliers on guard, study finds

That trust that automakers have worked so hard to rekindle among their parts suppliers? It's slipping away again.

In-demand tech puts suppliers on guard

That trust that automakers have worked so hard to rekindle among their parts suppliers? It's slipping away again.

By 2030, automakers will be part of tech alliances -- and won't be calling the shots

To develop the necessary processors and software for self-driving cars, automakers are forming alliances with technology suppliers. And the suppliers will call the shots.

Intel hails self-driving cars to wary public

Now that automated fleets are hitting the streets, computer-chip giant Intel Corp. is taking steps to prepare a wary public.

Delphi eyes self-driving edge with NuTonomy

Working with its new acqusition, software startup NuTonomy, Delphi gets a leg up in the race to deploy self-driving vehicles.

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.

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

UPDATED: 10/22/17 10:11 pm ET - corrected

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.

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.

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