Vehicle Technology

GM plans $5B vehicle family for emerging markets

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

GM plans to spend $5 billion over the next several years to develop a new range of technology-rich small cars, based on a common architecture, that will be built and sold under the Chevrolet name in China, Brazil, India, Mexico and other emerging markets....
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Jeep hacking sends warning to BMW, Audi and Mercedes

4:55 am U.S. ET | July 28, 2015

When friendly hackers landed a Jeep Cherokee in a ditch last week, it sent a warning to BMW, Audi and Mercedes as the luxury automakers compete increasingly on technology rather than just horsepower....
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BRADFORD WERNLE

Autonomous vehicle explosion brings challenges

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Conundrum is defined by Webster's New World College Dictionary as a puzzling question or problem. The exploding autonomous vehicle phenomenon is presenting the automobile industry with a thicket of conundrums....
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EDITORIAL

Car hacking is real, and auto industry must respond

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

When two hackers took command of a Jeep Cherokee while journalist Andy Greenberg was driving it on public roads, an exploit revealed last week in a Wired magazine story, everything changed. Car hacking got real....
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Making a car's sensors work like our senses

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 27, 2015

Autopilot systems like Cadillac's Super Cruise will rely on “sensor fusion,” in which supercomputers stitch data from many sensors into a 360-degree view....
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FCA's anti-hacking recall marks industry milestone

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

Fiat Chrysler's recall of about 1.4 million cars and trucks equipped with radios that are vulnerable to hacking is the first formal safety campaign in response to a cybersecurity threat....
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Fiat Chrysler recalls 1.4 million vehicles to install anti-hacking software

11:30 am U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

Fiat Chrysler is recalling 1.4 million vehicles to close a software loophole that allowed hackers to remotely take control of a 2014 Jeep Cherokee. The company previously only advised owners to download a software patch or take their vehicle to a dealer to have it installed....
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Chevrolet plans low-cost pedestrian avoidance on Malibu

3:45 pm U.S. ET | July 24, 2015

GM is introducing a pedestrian-avoidance system on the redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, the latest example of active-safety features proliferating on mainstream vehicles. GM said Friday it will offer 22 active safety systems across its brands for the 2016 model year....
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Senate bill aims to secure cars from hackers, protect consumer privacy

3:12 pm U.S. ET | July 22, 2015

A bill proposed by two U.S. senators would direct NHTSA and the Federal Trade Commission to establish rules that would secure cars against hackers and protect consumer privacy. The proposal comes as Fiat Chrysler offers a software patch to close a loophole that let two hackers take control of a moving Jeep SUV....
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Jeep hacking prompts FCA software update to enhance security

4:15 pm U.S. ET | July 21, 2015

Fiat Chrysler released a security patch after friendly hackers exposed a startling vulnerability in the company’s Uconnect infotainment system. The hackers were able to shut down a Jeep SUV while it was traveling on the highway....
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For Bosch, sensors make sense

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 20, 2015

To understand the future of the high-tech automobile, check out the $1.1 billion “clean plant” built here in 2010 by Robert Bosch GmbH. The plant produces pressure sensors, accelerometers and gyroscopes that feed data to the computer chips that control a vehicle's engine, stability control system, air bags and other key functions....
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Google self-driving car was rear-ended July 1, causing minor injuries

11:07 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

One of Google's self-driving cars was involved in an accident early in July, in which three people were injured when a vehicle equipped with Google technology was rear-ended by another vehicle, the company said....
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Former GM researcher, auto safety expert Donald Friedman dies at 88

1:14 pm U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Donald Friedman, a former General Motors researcher and auto safety consultant, died last month in Southern California. He was 88....
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Autoliv agrees to buy M/A COM automotive tech unit for $100 million

6:58 am U.S. ET | July 17, 2015

Swedish auto safety products supplier Autoliv agreed to purchase the automotive unit of semiconductor provider M/A COM Technology Solutions for a base price of $100 million plus incentives and fees....
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Michigan driverless car testing site opens Monday

11:01 am U.S. ET | July 16, 2015

The University of Michigan will officially open its new testing site for connected and driverless cars on Monday. The 32-acre testing grounds, called Mcity, are designed to simulate urban and suburban roads with a network of controlled intersections, traffic signals, streetlights, sidewalks, construction obstacles and more, the university said in a statement....
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Mobileye offers alternative route to Google's driverless future

8:06 am U.S. ET | July 15, 2015

Automotive technology supplier Mobileye's plans for bringing hands-free driving to market marks a contrast with the headline-grabbing effort by Google, whose moonshot, bottom-up approach aims to transform the auto industry in one dramatic sweep. Mobileye is already making money with systems that lay the stepping stones toward a driverless future....
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Lexus ES gets a fresh look for 2016

12:15 pm U.S. ET | July 14, 2015

Lexus has updated the ES line of sedans for the 2016 model year with a number of stylistic changes as well as new safety systems....
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CEO Hachigo taking Honda back to basics

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 13, 2015

Honda's new CEO, aiming to reboot the ailing automaker, plans to rekindle development of more exciting cars, steer clear of numerical targets and maximize use of the company's overseas production to soak up global overcapacity....
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Hyundai-Kia, tech firm get $6M U.S. grant to develop wireless EV charging

3:20 pm U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Hyundai-Kia's U.S. technical center is teaming up with a wireless power technology company to research and develop a high-speed wireless charging system for electric vehicles....
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Carmakers tell tech partners to keep hands off our data

8:48 am U.S. ET | July 10, 2015

Carmakers are limiting the data they share with technology partners Apple and Google through new systems that link smartphones to vehicle infotainment systems, defending access to information about what drivers do in their cars....
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Mercedes readies advanced safety tech for next E class

6:00 pm U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

Mercedes-Benz will introduce a new suite of advanced safety and autonomous driving features on the redesigned E-class sedan next spring. Calling the new features “real life safety,” Mercedes-Benz executives say the intelligent and safety systems bring its vehicles closer to accident-free and autonomous driving....
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Smartphonelike car displays challenge safety policymakers

7:34 am U.S. ET | July 7, 2015

When it comes to dashboard displays that are more like smartphones, two things are clear: Customers want them, and automakers are intent on supplying them. But are they really a good idea?...
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Volvo exec pledges to protect drivers from hackers

12:01 am U.S. ET | July 6, 2015

Volvo's information-technology boss says the Swedish automaker's commitment to safety includes the promise to protect its customers from vehicle hackers. Klas Bendrik, 45, Volvo's chief information officer, also believes that the company's connected car features need to be easy to use, affordable and provide tangible benefits....
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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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