Technology

JAMES B. TREECE

Regulation vs. technology -- why are U.S. roads getting safer?

9:21 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
Here's some good news you didn't read much about this year: US roads are safer. The number of people who died in traffic crashes fell 3 percent in 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on Friday....
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New Volt to get ELR's battery regeneration system

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
The second-generation Chevrolet Volt will have the driver-controlled battery regeneration system used in the Cadillac ELR....
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The repo man now hunts on social media

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 20, 2014
Social media is used for more than just keeping up with friends. It's also being used to find people who have defaulted on their auto loans....
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Technology winning the war on auto theft, report shows

2:31 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 19, 2014
Vehicle security technology and communication with law enforcement have been standing between thieves and their targets, with last year's vehicle theft rate at its lowest since 1960, a National Insurance Crime Bureau report said....
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Toyota to invest $126M to expand powertrain operations, consolidate vehicle development in Mich.

11:10 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Toyota said today that it will invest $126 million to expand its powertrain operations in Ann Arbor, Mich., and consolidate vehicle development operations at a new facility in nearby York Township, Mich....
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Smartphone app Zubie adds automotive retail and service perks

8:00 am U.S. ET | Dec. 18, 2014
Drivers don’t need a calendar to let them know when to go in for a service check -- Zubie can tell them. And now, the smartphone app is offering perks as well....
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Q&A

Eaton on the prowl for software engineers

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
Eaton Corp. is well known for transmissions, clutches, differentials and other robust industrial products. So it's surprising that software development is a significant bottleneck for the supplier. Staci Kroon, 41, president of Eaton's vehicle group in North America, explains the problem....
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ONE PART FOR ALL

Denso air conditioner designed to fit in any vehicle, save money

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 15, 2014
What if a supplier could design a one-size-fits-all component for all of its customers, a product that would allow major economies of scale? Denso Corp. is trying it with air conditioners....
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Ford seeks infotainment middle ground

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2014
In replacing its widely derided MyFord Touch infotainment system, Ford gathered more outside input than it had ever considered in developing an entire vehicle. In the process, it exchanged grand ambition for toned-down aspirations, including easy to use....
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Ford dumps MyFord Touch name in revamp of infotainment system

11:15 am U.S. ET | Dec. 11, 2014
Ford is dropping the name “MyFord Touch” in an overhaul of the touch-screen infotainment system that sent its quality ratings plummeting in recent years....
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UK dealer puts BMW's Future Retail program to the test

Dec. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
BMW's Future Retail program, which launched last year in Europe and China, offers customers a high-tech but unrushed explanation of BMW products. Elms BMW in the UK was an early adopter as it wanted a new way to lure customers....
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Audi exec says cyberstores link physical, virtual worlds

Dec. 11, 2014 06:01 CET
Audi's cyberstores in London, Beijing and Berlin showcase the brand's technology by presenting its entire model lineup in a digital format. Horst Hanschur, Audi's head of business development, explained the benefits to Automotive News Europe....
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White House rolls out tire safety, efficiency program with NASCAR

3:40 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 10, 2014
The White House rolled out a new program aimed at getting American consumers to buy tires that will enable cars to get better mileage and take better care of them to cut down on tire-related crashes....
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Faurecia expects to gain from megasupplier trend

Dec. 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Faurecia CEO Yann Delabriere expects the trend toward consolidation of the Tier 1 supplier base will continue, supported by two major industry drivers: globalization and technology....
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Valeo boss says strong portfolio trumps size

Dec. 9, 2014 06:01 CET
Valeo is countering the trend toward ever-larger suppliers highlighted by ZF's planned acquisition of TRW. The right technology and implementing trends quickly are more important, says Valeo CEO Jacques Aschenbroich....
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Chrysler Pentastar V-6s to get turbos and direct injection, sources say

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 8, 2014
Chrysler Group is improving its Pentastar family of V-6s, adding direct injection, turbocharging and other technology to enable smaller displacement engines to power its vehicles....
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October fuel economy static as gas prices drop toward $2 per gallon

3:31 pm U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
The average fuel economy of light vehicles purchased in the United States last month remained unchanged from October and likely will remain unchanged in the near term as gasoline prices drop toward $2 per gallon, according to research posted this week....
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Lincoln launches high-end audio collaboration with Revel

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 4, 2014
Lincoln will bring concert-quality sound to its vehicles through a new collaboration announced today with Revel, a manufacturer of audiophile speaker systems....
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Fields sees more big gains coming from One Ford plan

Dec. 3, 2014 06:15 CET
Mark Fields became Ford CEO in July after turning around the automaker's North American business. Fields told Automotive News what his priorities are now in the top job and why he changed the leadership at Ford of Europe....
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Toyota: Active safety for all

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. will step closer to autonomous vehicles when it begins rolling out a range of advanced active safety systems across its mass-market lineup in early 2015. New or re-engineered technologies include more sophisticated precrash braking packages, an improved auto-parking feature, a next-generation auto-adjust headlamp and a vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication system....
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GET A GRIP

For mpg gains, tiremakers deliver -- consumers shrug

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
The auto industry is putting improved tires onto cars these days, but consumers aren't so sure they like the results. It is a rare disconnect between industry ingenuity and consumer stubbornness -- and neither the automakers nor their tire suppliers can do much to correct it at the moment....
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Tire tech keeps eye on distance and pressure

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Under pressure to help automakers hit higher fuel economy targets, tire companies are championing new technologies. Those technologies are taking many different forms....
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Virtual reality adds lively dimension to auto shows

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
The knock on auto shows has always been that, unless you're a gearhead or a consumer shopping for a new vehicle, cars on carpets can be a little boring. But automakers are increasingly turning to virtual reality to ensure that consumers not only look at their auto show displays but immerse themselves in them....
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One-stop tool helps techs complete Toyota repairs

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. has created collision-repair software that gives body shop technicians one-stop access to parts information, repair instructions and technical information....
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Laser scans zero in on more alignments

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 1, 2014
Thanks to the steel towers straddling its service lanes, Fair Oaks Chantilly Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge-Ram in suburban Washington, has a pretty good idea of whether customers need help before they even step out of their cars....
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