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DAVID SEDGWICK

Cars become computers on wheels

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Here's yet more evidence that the auto industry's center of gravity, at least for cool new technology, is shifting from Detroit to Silicon Valley. The r&d required to develop the underlying architecture for the computer chip that powers a vehicle's infotainment system can easily top $1 billion.... Read More »
 
Q&A

Nvidia adapts gaming chips to autos

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The redesigned Audi TT, scheduled to arrive in the United States in 2015, benefits from chipmaker Nvidia's quad-core chip, which works with a 3-D graphics program and can execute 8 billion operations per second. Danny Shapiro, director of Nvidia's automotive division, has worked closely with Audi and other automakers since 2009.... Read More »

More vehicles, walkers join accident prevention study

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The University of Michigan plans to triple the number of study vehicles outfitted with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, the next phase of a road test of equipment designed to prevent accidents.... Read More »

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Nissan to offer smart mirror in U.S.

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
Nissan's newly developed smart rearview mirror -- which it had planned to offer only as an aftermarket dealer option in Japan -- will become a U.S. factory feature next year.... Read More »

Famed Mustang modifier Saleen will soup up Tesla's Model S

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 21, 2014
The first company to give Tesla's Model S battery-powered sedan a styling and performance makeover has stepped up.... Read More »

2014 BEIJING AUTO SHOW

BMW unveils concept previewing 9-series flagship

6:00 pm U.S. ET | April 19, 2014
BMW's Vision Future Luxury concept car closely previews a new brand flagship that will go on sale in global markets called the 9 series.... Read More »

SEAT RELIEF

Lear, others devise high-tech ways to support bad backs

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 19, 2014
Lear Corp. wants motorists to sit up straight. The seat maker is developing a "smart" seat that adjusts itself automatically to correct a motorist's posture, important for comfort on long trips.... Read More »

AT&T says it has made connected-car deal with undisclosed global automaker

8:13 am U.S. ET | April 16, 2014
AT&T, the largest U.S. phone company, said it reached a deal with a global automaker to add to its ranks of customers looking to bring connectivity to cars.... Read More »

MyFord Touch bugs are getting squashed, Hinrichs says

3:10 pm U.S. ET | April 15, 2014
Ford has brought its problem-plagued MyFord Touch communications system up to exceed industry-average reliability -- and plans an upgrade to improve the system's capability, Ford executive Joe Hinrichs said today.... Read More »

Cost quandary hits Japan's advanced factories

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
It's a cruel paradox for Japan's manufacturers. Auto suppliers here have some of the world's most automated factories. But because they also serve as global mother plants for low-tech operations overseas, they sometimes have to dumb down lines, making output more costly and labor intense.... Read More »

14 new Toyota engines seek 10% gain in mpg

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Toyota Motor Corp. will unleash a blitz of 14 new gasoline engines through 2015 in a long-awaited powertrain overhaul that aims to boost fuel efficiency by at least 10 percent.... Read More »

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Keys, push buttons and first responders

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
I have had concerns about push-button, fob and stop-start systems for some time now.... Read More »

'Inner frame' makes Fit stronger, less costly

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
In creating the 2015 Honda Fit's body-in-white, Honda engineers changed the manufacturing process to make the car lighter, stronger and less expensive. Honda welds the upper body -- without the sheet metal -- to the lower body as a single "inner frame."... Read More »

Bosch plans automatic park system in '15

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Robert Bosch GmbH says it will start producing an automatic parking system -- a step toward autonomous driving -- in 2015 for a customer it did not identify.... Read More »

Detroit 3: High octane has pluses

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
Automakers could increase fuel economy as much as 5 percent if the United States used the same blend of high-octane gasoline that is sold in Europe, Detroit 3 powertrain chiefs say. Automakers could fine-tune engines to boost fuel economy and reduce engine sizes on future engines without sacrificing power.... Read More »

Innovation, safety are winners at PACE Awards

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 14, 2014
It's difficult to look disruptive dressed in a tuxedo.... Read More »

2014 NEW YORK AUTO SHOW

Refreshed 2015 Chevy Cruze enhances connectivity, revises styling

8:24 am U.S. ET | April 13, 2014
Chevrolet is refreshing the compact Cruze, General Motors' top-selling car in the United States, and adding enhanced connectivity features for 2015. It will be introduced this week at the New York auto show.... Read More »

GABE NELSON

Automotive safety at any cost? Sounds good, but it's not true

12:01 am U.S. ET | April 12, 2014
Cost-benefit analysis is a deep-rooted and necessary practice in every industry in which health and safety are at stake. If automakers truly spared no cost for safety, cars in American showrooms would have nothing but five-star crash test ratings and cutting-edge safety technology. And they would all cost a lot more.... Read More »

THE GM RECALL

Deadly GM ignition switches started with 2003 Saturn Ion

3:13 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
The 2003 Saturn Ion was supposed to be a pivotal car for GM. Instead, it came to represent the compromises and corner cutting that almost destroyed GM and now find the company in a global recall of some of its most popular models. The Ion debuted two years before the Chevy Cobalt, the model most associated with the current recall of 2.... Read More »

Most drivers believe connected-car tech will improve safety, survey says

3:07 pm U.S. ET | April 11, 2014
More than 80 percent of consumers in the United States, Australia and Britain believe connected-vehicle technology will make driving safer, a new survey by the University of Michigan finds.... Read More »

Toyota unveils new generation of fuel-efficient gasoline engines

5:56 am U.S. ET | April 10, 2014
Toyota has unveiled two fresh fuel-efficient power plants that will underpin 14 new engine variants to be introduced globally through next year.... Read More »

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