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Alliance measures 'troops on ground'

Carlos Ghosn uses a broad definition of autonomous technology to defend his claim that the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance is at the front of the race.

At CES, time to make cool stuff real stuff

There was lots of talk and several demonstrations of self-driving cars at CES, but it was striking to notice which companies did not attend this massive consumer electronics extravaganza.

Transportation chief says new U.S. guidelines for autonomous vehicle oversight are coming

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said the federal government will introduce new federal guidelines in an effort to modernize regulations to fit an autonomous future.

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

Ghosn says Nissan has 'troops' on the ground

Carlos Ghosn found a way to hold court amid an array of journalists and coterie of executives through repeated, enthusiastic endorsements of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance's autonomous car strategy.

Hyundai plans over-the-air updates for vehicles as soon as late 2019

Hyundai's partnership with Cisco has yielded an in-car connectivity system that will enable the carmaker to increase the speed and amount of video, sensor and telematics data flowing into and around the vehicle.

ZF readies next-gen car computer for high level autonomous driving

ZF's next-generation ProAI supercomputer will allow carmakers to increase data processing as autonomous vehicles become more advanced.

ZF's mobility payment platform hits market in Q3

ZF Friedrichshafen said it will introduce Car eWallet, its in-car payment system, in Germany in the third quarter.

Self-driving system aimed at tired drivers planned for CES

Hyundai Mobis will debut a narrow self-driving safety system aimed at drowsy drivers at CES 2018 this week, in a bid to jump ahead of competitors in the autonomous race and broaden its U.S. customer base.

CES preview: Back to the future

Expect to see more autonomous and connected-vehicle news as well as buzzy concepts that seem more science fiction than actual product plan.

How to make a go of it in mobility

Mobility service companies of 2030 will succeed or fail based on branding and customer experience.

Waymo-Uber trial delayed over new evidence

UPDATED: 11/28/17 3:08 pm ET - adds details

A federal judge overseeing the high-profile patent theft case between Waymo and Uber delayed the beginning of the trial after new information emerged from a former Uber employee.

Waymo sketches out long-range business plan

The first fully self-driving cars will be in ride-hailing fleets, which Waymo says will lead to learning more about the tech and how consumers use it.

A mandate on its deathbed, flying Ubers, Las Vegas' driverless crash

What the fate of the 'talking cars' mandate says about government and the future of connected cars.

When your 'self-driving car' isn't autonomous

We critique a New York Times columnist, Tesla's fans are angry and more from this week in mobility.

Speedy tech deals may crash and burn later

Suppliers are trying to move fast, but experts say they may be getting involved in messy deals that could hurt later.

NXP plans for future while waiting for Qualcomm deal approval

Combined operations between Qualcomm and NXP will open up broad self-driving car uses.

BMW stays committed to fuel cells

Matthias Klietz, head of BMW's alternative powertrain group, talks to Automotive News about where BMW is in its hydrogen efforts and what hurdles it still faces.

Keep an eye on Blockchain

The digital payment platform could become a key part of future mobility services.

Upgrade to a self-driving car in two years

Some investors are hyperventilating over Tesla, Google is making new friends and a puppy grabs headlines (yes, a puppy).

The rise of self-driving car contrarians

This week, we chat about self-driving car timelines, the moon landing and whether car companies need to slow their roll on autonomous roll-outs.

Frankfurt self-driving cars, a shake-up at Tesla and GM's big claim

It's not entirely clear what skeptics who debate the timing of the advent of self-driving cars are trying to prove.

ZF, IBM to use Blockchain for mobility services

The eWallet program uses blockchain, a system that makes it hard to tamper with payments.

Detroit 'cannot coexist with Silicon Valley'

This week we chat with an executive about the tug-of-war between Silicon Valley and Detroit over engineers, break down the SELF DRIVE Act and preview the upcoming robot war.

Lear to launch connective tech in Audi vehicles in 2018

Lear plans to launch vehicle connectivity technology in Audi vehicles in the fourth quarter of 2018.

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