Vehicle Technology

DAVE GUILFORD

BLOG: Why Toyota can set the car-tech agenda

1:28 pm U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Alix Partners assessed the ability of automakers to pay for the cool but expensive technology about to flood into vehicles. Perhaps to no one’s surprise, Toyota was by far the best-positioned....
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Leaf to get a big boost in driving range

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 29, 2015

Nissan, fighting falling sales of its Leaf electric vehicle, plans a midcycle update as early as August that aims to deliver a big boost in the EV's driving range, a person familiar with the project said....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

Should driverless cars make life-or-death decisions?

7:31 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

The gearheads have mostly figured out how to build driverless vehicles. Now comes the hard part: deciding whether these machines should have power over who lives or dies in an accident....
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Google starts road tests of new self-driving car prototypes

2:26 pm U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Google said it had started testing the latest prototypes of its self-driving cars on Mountain View, Calif., roads, with safety drivers aboard....
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BRUCE GAIN

BLOG: Renault Espace's Tesla-like touchscreen could be a winner

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

Renault's large, vertically mounted touchscreen on its new Espace large minivan seems like a smart move as connectivity increasingly becomes a key selling point for new vehicles. The touchscreen's portrait mode, a first in its segment, makes operating the device similar to using a smartphone or tablet, Renault says....
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GM readies wireless downloads of new features

12:11 am U.S. ET | June 25, 2015

GM is preparing to roll out vehicle technology that allows new features to be downloaded wirelessly, the company's head of global product development says. Under the new electrical architecture, called "Global B," much of a vehicle's computer power will migrate to the mobile internet, or cloud....
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Chevy makes next Cruze longer, lower, lighter

7:00 pm U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

The next-generation Chevrolet Cruze will be lighter, larger and packed with connected-car technology and safety features, a bid by Chevy to solidify its status as a top small-car contender....
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Lexus builds functional hoverboard prototype

11:23 am U.S. ET | June 24, 2015

Toyota is heading back to the future. The Lexus brand has actually built a working model of a hoverboard. It's real, but not for sale. Yet....
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Ford moves to advanced stage of autonomous car development

12:00 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Ford said its work on autonomous vehicles has moved into the second of three phases, shifting "from a research effort to an advanced engineering program" that brings the technology closer to production....
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Denso sees 15-year wait for self-driving car

3:30 pm U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

The technology to make cars fully autonomous probably won't be established until at least 2030, according to Toyota's largest supplier....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: Removing the fear when passing a big rig

11:45 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Samsung has created a system that could take the guesswork out of passing large trucks that one cannot see around....
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Tech race will strain automakers, report says

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 23, 2015

Automakers face enormous pressure on profit margins as technology and connectivity demands grow and car sales slow in markets such as the U.S. and China, according to a report by consultancy AlixPartners....
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Do copyrights for books, music also apply to cars?

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

The U.S. Copyright Office will likely decide within months whether a law written partly to protect literature and music copyrights in the digital age also prevents car owners and mechanics from making vehicle repairs or diagnoses....
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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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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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Valeo exec expects big boost from autonomous vehicles

June 11, 2015 06:01 CET

Autonomous vehicle technology will become Valeo's main growth driver by 2020, says Guillaume Devauchelle, the supplier's head of innovation. The move will change “every single product line” at the supplier, Devauchelle told Automotive News Europe....
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Jaguar Land Rover studies pothole detection tech

10:53 am U.S. ET | June 10, 2015

Jaguar Land Rover is researching road terrain detection technology for its vehicles that would warn other vehicles about potholes and other such road hazards via the cloud....
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NTSB calls for collision prevention systems on all light vehicles

6:14 pm U.S. ET | June 8, 2015

The National Transportation Safety Board, in a new report, called on automakers to begin installing collision avoidance systems in all new passenger and commercial vehicles, saying existing technology could save lives and avoid injuries by reducing rear-end collisions....
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Google plans driverless-car reports after 2nd accident in a week

2:34 pm U.S. ET | June 5, 2015

Google plans to release monthly reports on its self-driving cars, part of a push to disclose more information about the technology, following a second accident for one of the vehicles in less than a week....
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Nissan banks on racier Maxima to draw younger buyers

11:16 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

The redesigned Nissan Maxima, positioned to intercept younger premium-segment consumers, will re-emphasize the “4-door sports car” marketing tagline of years past....
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Ford accused by software maker of intellectual property theft

3:33 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

A Texas software company that says it helped Ford significantly reduce warranty costs and bring vehicles to market faster has filed a federal lawsuit accusing the automaker of stealing its intellectual property....
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VINCE BOND JR.

BLOG: Consumer panel shares likes and dislikes about today's car tech

4:34 pm U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

It seems impossible to please everybody, but that's the challenge automakers face as consumer expectations for connected cars continue to rise....
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Google’s Brin defends driverless car

10:20 am U.S. ET | June 4, 2015

Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin said one of its driverless car was involved in another rear-end accident, even as he defended the prospects for the self-driving technology....
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Many consumers nonplussed, confused with latest tech, survey finds

4:15 pm U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

A recent Nielsen-SBD survey of some 14,000 automobile owners found that manufactures generally are jamming features into cars that most owners don't use and often are not even aware of. “It's sort of an arms race -- who can have the most technology in the vehicle -- and consumers are confused,” said Nielsen Vice President Mike Chadsey....
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JAY RAMEY

BLOG: VW says the Golf will be first car to offer gesture controls

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 3, 2015

The updated Volkswagen Golf, due in 2016, will add gesture controls to its "Star Trek"-style touch screens. VW presented the new in-car technology in the Golf R Touch concept at CES Asia in Shanghai....
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