Vehicle Technology

Audi spreads wireless connectivity to nearly all 2016 models

10:53 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
Audi said it plans to equip nearly all of its 2016 model-year vehicles with 4G LTE or 3G high-speed data connectivity to give drivers Wi-Fi access from the road....
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Apple explores resolution of A123 Systems’ poaching suit

6:59 am U.S. ET | March 4, 2015
Apple said it’s exploring a potential resolution of a lawsuit in which it’s accused of poaching employees from a lithium ion battery maker amid reports that it’s trying to develop an electric car....
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2015 GENEVA AUTO SHOW

Opel/Vauxhall touts connectivity as OnStar rolls out in Europe

March 3, 2015 18:43 CET
Opel/Vauxhall believes its OnStar digital service will help it win new customers, boost sales and return to profit after it begins to roll out the service in 13 European markets including Germany, the UK, France, Italy and Spain....
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NXP to buy Freescale in $11.8 billion deal for automotive microchips

2:29 pm U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV said today it will pay $11.8 billion to acquire Texas-based Freescale Semiconductor. NXP has succeeded where other European chipmakers have struggled by focusing on products for the auto industry and mobile payments....
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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Old vs. new diesel technology

12:01 am U.S. ET | March 2, 2015
Whether we're talking diesel or gasoline, the issue in Europe is more about old technology and higher emissions....
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OUTSIDE-IN STRATEGY

Fields lures another Ford newbie in push for fresh thinking

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Ford CEO Mark Fields has plenty of reasons to fear being left behind as Tesla, Google and Apple shake up the auto industry. That’s why he’s hired another outsider to help his 112-year old automaker control its own destiny....
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Automakers and tech companies work to perfect seamless home to vehicle transition

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Automakers and suppliers, imagining a day when vehicles and homes are connected over a so-called Internet of Things, are beginning to write software to make the transition between the two more comfortable than ever....
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Thirst for power fuels Nvidia's surge

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 23, 2015
Nvidia Corp., best known for graphics cards for video gaming systems, boosted automotive revenue more than 80 percent in 2014 by capitalizing on car companies' hunger for high-powered computers....
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Apple hiring patterns, patents signal automotive r&d plans

3:55 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 20, 2015
A year and a half ago, Apple had applied for just eight patents related to auto batteries. Recently, it has hired a bevy of engineers, just one of whom had already filed for 17 in his former career, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis....
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Ex-GM CEO Akerson cautions Apple on trials of making cars

6:15 am U.S. ET | Feb. 18, 2015
Dan Akerson, retired CEO of GM, said Apple should steer clear of the business of making cars, though a push into automobile electronics would be a better move for the iPhone maker....
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LARRY P. VELLEQUETTE

Thanks, but no thanks, to an Apple car

12:18 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
I know some of you will accuse me of heresy against a Higher Power for saying it, but I don’t like Apple. Never have....
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Silicon Valley muscles into Motor City's turf

7:16 am U.S. ET | Feb. 17, 2015
“Detroit vs. Everybody” is a popular t-shirt in the hometown of General Motors and Ford Motor Co. these days. Yet it might as well read “Silicon Valley vs. Motor City” as the San Francisco Bay Area emerges as a center for global transportation innovation....
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AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE E-MAGAZINE

Incoming Bosch auto boss must boost margin, fend off rising Conti, ZF

Feb. 16, 2015 06:01 CET
When Rolf Bulander takes over as head of Bosch's car parts division in April he will face hurdles such as raising the unit's margin to 8 percent and maintaining its position as the world's largest supplier despite intensifying competition from Continental and ZF....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

5 ways that Apple is already poised to become an automaker

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 15, 2015
Apple may already be positioned to evolve into a global automaker in many ways that other Silicon Valley companies aren't. While Apple often tests ideas that don't get released, but a secret project underscores the company's long-held desire to play a greater role in the automotive space, which is ripe for more of a merging with users' digital lives....
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CHARLES CHILD

Resist the temptation, Apple: Cars are a tricky proposition

9:13 am U.S. ET | Feb. 14, 2015
So if media reports are true, Apple wants to join Google in the car business. Apple, please resist -- for your own good....
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Apple hiring auto experts for secret research project, reports say

4:58 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 13, 2015
Apple is hiring automotive technology and design experts to staff up a top-secret research lab, with the possible intention of building a car, the Financial Times reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The Wall Street Journal reported the project, code-named “Titan,” has an initial design of a vehicle that resembles a minivan....
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Senators to propose vehicle ratings for data security

6:11 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Two senators want new-vehicle stickers to include a “cyber dashboard” that would include ratings for security systems designed to protect cars and light trucks from hackers and for privacy controls that safeguard vehicle data....
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Patent 'trolls' target automakers, and Ford pushes back

6:42 am U.S. ET | Feb. 11, 2015
Ford was sued for patent infringement more than a dozen times between 2012 and 2014 by so-called “patent trolls.” These outfits, also known as patent assertion companies, initiate patent cases but don't sell products of their own. Now they're targeting automakers, but Ford is pushing back....
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Senator's report cites cars' data security holes

2:40 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 9, 2015
Connectivity technologies have made automobiles vulnerable to hackers who could gain control of vehicle functions or compromise the security of vehicle data, according to a report released today by a leading congressional voice on auto safety....
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Google can disrupt car industry but is no automaker, Zetsche says

2:00 pm U.S. ET | Feb. 6, 2015
Technology companies such as Google are unlikely to become mass car manufacturers, even if they have the potential to disrupt an industry increasingly focused on software and automated driving, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche says....
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Q&A

Audi pushes toward fully autonomous cars

12:01 am U.S. ET | Feb. 2, 2015
Audi plans to start offering advanced self-driving features in its cars by the end of next year. The company's technology boss, Ulrich Hackenberg, meanwhile, expects fully autonomous vehicles to be ready for serial production within 10 years....
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Ford to open r&d lab in Tesla's backyard

4:16 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 21, 2015
Ford CEO Mark Fields, seeking to burnish his company's high-tech credentials, will announce Thursday the opening of a Silicon Valley r&d center that is believed to be one of the auto industry's largest....
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Google's self-driving car underpinned by Detroit area suppliers

11:39 am U.S. ET | Jan. 20, 2015
The fate of Google's self-driving car rests in the hands of Roush Industries and several other Detroit area suppliers. Roush, an engineering and specialty manufacturing company known for its custom Ford Mustang models, will assemble a test fleet of 100 Google prototypes in 2015....
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NEWS ANALYSIS

After '11 quake, Renesas is ready for next disaster

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 19, 2015
At the International CES this month, chipmakers such as Renesas, Nvidia and Freescale were eager to brag about their readiness to supply the silicon brains for infotainment and driverless cars. But when I chatted with Ali Sebt -- chief of Renesas' U.S. operations -- I was preoccupied with thoughts of floods, earthquakes and fires....
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When the Motor City becomes Startup City

3:50 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 15, 2015
Metro Detroit, the automotive capital of the world, ironically isn't a hotbed for mobility upstarts, but several efforts are under way in the auto industry to help develop more transportation startups and improve the industry's risk tolerance....
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