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Paris ends electric car-share program amid big losses

June 22, 2018 09:26 CET
Paris was once a pacesetter in shared transport, launching a car-sharing service called Autolib in 2011. Now, taxpayers may have to pick up the bill for big losses.

Uber driver was watching video just before fatal self-driving crash, police report says

June 22, 2018 09:56 CET
Police in Arizona said evidence showed the safety driver behind the wheel of a self-driving Uber was distracted and streaming a television show on her phone right up until about the time of a fatal accident in March.

Audi will test air taxis in its German home city

June 21, 2018 13:35 CET
Audi and partner Airbus have signed a letter of intent with the German government to test air taxis in and around the Bavarian city of Ingolstadt.

Toyota, pressed to innovate, cuts marketing outlays to fuel r&d

7:16 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2018
Toyota has begun slashing costs, starting with sales and marketing, and shifting resources into research that will help it keep up with new competitors, Reuters reported, citing people familiar with the matter.

Retailer Prime launches subscription service

3:29 pm U.S. ET | June 20, 2018
The subscription service is part of the growth strategy of parent company Prime Automotive Group, which joins a budding trend of retailers and automakers experimenting with such plans.

NHTSA orders end to sales of Autopilot Buddy, which disables Tesla safety feature

12:40 pm U.S. ET | June 19, 2018
NHTSA issued a cease-and-desist letter Tuesday to a company selling an aftermarket device that effectively disables a safety feature in Tesla's Autopilot semiautonomous driver assist system.

Musk says Tesla hit with 'extensive' sabotage by employee

10:24 pm U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
A disgruntled Tesla employee broke into the company's manufacturing operating system and sent highly sensitive data to unknown third parties, according to an email Elon Musk sent to staff.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Moving too fast carries human cost

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Keith Crain's thoughtful commentary “We need to slow way down” (May 28) really struck a chord with me.

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

Autonomous vehicle conference needed

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Each of the OEMs has at least one private proving ground, and each of the major Tier 1 suppliers has or has access to a proving ground. These proving grounds are secure and have road conditions and driving scenarios that can be safely used and provide reproducible test data.

Auto auction app uses machine learning to aid inspections

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
TradeRev-H, an enhanced version of the TradeRev app for one-hour online auctions, can change how vehicle inspections are done.

Japan Inc. teams up on transmission technologies

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Toyota, Nissan, Honda and others are partnering with the country's biggest transmission suppliers to jointly develop next-generation transmission technologies that can be shared among the members.

Subaru program gives repair customers real-time online updates

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 18, 2018
Subaru certified program allows collision customers to watch repairs in real time, ask questions of body shop.

How drones could open up new windows for drivers

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 16, 2018
By integrating drone technology into the vehicle's infotainment system , Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America is taking to the skies.

White House to meet automakers, California over mpg targets

5:25 pm U.S. ET | June 14, 2018
White House officials will have a new round of meetings with a trade group for automakers and California's "clean air" agency next week before unveiling a proposal to reverse rules aimed at increasing fuel efficiency.

VIDEO: First Shift: Ghosn expects early exit as Renault CEO

8:00 am U.S. ET | June 14, 2018
Ghosn expects to exit Renault CEO job early; Musk boosts Tesla stake, wins Chicago transit bid; UAW's new officers; Daimler-Ford venture ends; Volvo and lidar; AVs a job killer?

Volvo deepens ties with lidar startup to speed autonomous push

June 14, 2018 14:00 CET
Volvo is deepening its ties with Luminar, a fast-growing maker of a lidar, which is considered vital to a self-driving car's ability to see the world around it. The move comes a week after Volvo said autonomous vehicles would make up a third of its deliveries by 2025.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Nissan eyes Europe for ePower drivetrain

June 14, 2018 09:17 CET
Nissan is assessing whether to bring its ePower hybrid drivetrain to Europe as the automaker looks to further electrify its lineup in Europe to reduce its dependence on diesel and meet tough CO2 targets set for 2020-21.

Car-sharing service Autolib under political pressure in Paris

June 12, 2018 15:04 CET
French billionaire Vincent Bollore started one of the world's first electric car-sharing services seven years ago in Paris. Now, amid widening losses and criticism that the vehicles are poorly maintained and dirty, Autolib has emerged as a political hot potato for the city's mayor.

China in control as industry enters new era

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2018
China has been the world's biggest auto market since 2009, when it eclipsed the United States. But only recently has it reached a long-anticipated, and in many quarters, long-feared, tipping point.

Infield space gives Toyota a blank slate

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2018
The infield of an old supplier test track provides a blank slate for Toyota's newest U.S. investment.

KEITH CRAIN

You'll need lots of insurance

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 11, 2018
Autonomous vehicles testing in real-world conditions have been in a number of accidents in recent months. It will take a long time before we fully understand liability and culpability in these cases.

AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE MONTHLY MAGAZINE

Conti's top tech exec outlines toughest connectivity challenges

June 9, 2018 06:01 CET
Continental's top tech executive, Kurt Lehmann, is confident that future cars will benefit from artificial intelligence, as he explained in an interview with Automotive News Europe.

GM and Tesla diverge on autonomous paths

12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9, 2018
Autopilot and Super Cruise: The two brand names reflect the diverging visions of autonomy that Tesla and General Motors are offering today's consumers.

2018 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS EUROPE CONGRESS

Waymo will expand self-driving services to Europe, CEO says

June 7, 2018 11:06 CET
Waymo aims to expand beyond the U.S. by entering Europe, potentially offering a mobility service with a fully driverless car fleet in cooperation with a local partner, CEO John Krafcik said.

EYES IN THE CLOUD

Ford to mine, monitor vehicle data to enhance commercial fleet performance

1:17 pm U.S. ET | June 7, 2018
The new products use Ford's transportation mobility cloud to track a vehicle's GPS location, mileage, fuel-use data, operating conditions, driver behavior and more.

 
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Stadler's words return to haunt him

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9:23 am U.S. ET | June 18 2018

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70 years later, appreciating the genius of Ferry Porsche

Richard Johnson
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 15 2018

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Why VW should share its skateboard and change the world

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3:34 pm U.S. ET | June 13 2018

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Land Rover sets course for Defender to come home

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Volvo's Polestar commits to guiding light feature

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 9 2018

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The Elkann style: Sustainability … at Ferrari speed

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12:01 am U.S. ET | June 8 2018

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Why BMW's new 3 series needs to up its game

Christiaan Hetzner
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 6 2018

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Why Chinese cars, crossovers should worry Europe's brands

Luca Ciferri
12:01 am U.S. ET | June 2 2018

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VW Group's new CEO Diess may have too much power

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12:01 am U.S. ET | May 24 2018

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