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2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS

Toyota won't rush to fully autonomous vehicles, Lentz says

6:53 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 12, 2016

While Google’s gumdrop-shaped self-driving car is logging thousands of miles on the streets of California, don’t expect to jump in the backseat of a Toyota anytime soon for a robot-chauffeured ride....
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Autonomous vehicle architects begin to contemplate the human inside

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 11, 2016

Automakers and suppliers busily developing hardware and software for autonomous cars are more focused than ever ensuring that humans feel their lives are truly getting better with rising automation....
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Autonomous vehicles will be safer, not perfect

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 10, 2016

The self-driving car is likely to make mistakes from time to time, just as humans do, says the head of Toyota's new research institute. But overall, autonomous vehicles will be significantly safer than cars controlled by humans....
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Big suppliers hunger for startups' tech

12:01 am U.S. ET | Jan. 9, 2016

The auto industry's big suppliers are racing to invest in companies that can deliver key technologies for infotainment, self-driving cars, EV batteries -- you name it....
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Honda R&D worker dies after being hit with forklift

3:14 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 6, 2016

Police said a Honda worker died after being hit in the head with a forklift at the company's Ohio r&d facility....
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Toyota's new r&d venture picks leaders, advisers

5:04 pm U.S. ET | Jan. 5, 2016

Two months after Toyota announced a $1 billion investment in a forward-thinking r&d venture, the project's CEO introduced the dream team of experts he'll be working with, a group that includes voices from government, academia and industry....
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Denso sees 60% sales boost from driver-assist systems through 2020

8:52 am U.S. ET | Dec. 26, 2015

Denso forecast that revenue for its safety and automated driving systems will rise by 60 percent by 2020 as the Toyota-affiliated supplier plans to focus more on driver-assist functions....
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Robot sales to N.A. auto industry at record level

12:01 am U.S. ET | Dec. 14, 2015

Sales of robots to North America's auto industry are hitting record levels as manufacturers assign them more sophisticated tasks that they couldn't handle a decade ago. Their biggest improvement is vision....
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Rivian Automotive to build r&d center for high-tech vehicles in Mich.

3:26 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

Livonia automotive design and engineering firm Rivian Automotive LLC plans to invest $29.5 million and add 174 jobs at a new Dearborn r&d center to develop high-tech vehicles, rather than court talent in Florida and Silicon Valley....
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GM's new wind tunnel aims to improve, quicken design work

10:42 am U.S. ET | Nov. 24, 2015

General Motors has cited some impressive vitals on its redesigned 2016 models to show off the success of its weight-cutting strategy: The new Volt and Cruze are about 250 pounds lighter than their predecessors; the Malibu sheds almost 300 pounds and the Camaro loses nearly 400....
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VW CEO says diesel engine refits 'manageable'

1:36 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 23, 2015

The steps needed to fix about 8.5 million Volkswagen cars in Europe fitted with illegal emissions-control software are technically and financially manageable, the German automaker's CEO said today....
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VW cuts 2016 capital investment 8% due to cost of fixing emissions cheat

7:32 am U.S. ET | Nov. 20, 2015

Volkswagen today cut 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) -- or about 8 percent -- from its investment plan for next year, as the German carmaker braces for a multi-billion-euro hit from its emissions cheating scandal....
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GM, Army to test Chevrolet Colorado fuel cell

9:00 am U.S. ET | Nov. 19, 2015

The Chevrolet Colorado pickup has been selected by the U.S. Army to test a General Motors-designed hydrogen powered fuel cell powertrain. The grueling 12-month test will help GM engineers and army officials evaluate the fuel cell's performance under strenuous use....
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Faurecia, Stanford to study motion sickness in autonomous cars

4:57 pm U.S. ET | Nov. 17, 2015

Interiors supplier Faurecia is teaming up with researchers at Stanford University to study an often-overlooked problem with autonomous cars: motion sickness....
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HANS GREIMEL

BLOG: How Akio Toyoda got sold on self-driving cars

6:47 am U.S. ET | Nov. 9, 2015

Akio Toyoda, an amateur race-car driver and big-time car buff, used to say until recently that he wouldn't be a true believer in autonomous vehicles until a self-driving car could beat him in a race around Germany's famed Nurburgring circuit....
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Nissan focuses on code for the road

12:01 am U.S. ET | Nov. 1, 2015

In the race toward autonomous driving, Nissan engineers are laboring over software refinements more than hardware....
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THE PERFECT DOUGHNUT

Autonomous DeLorean trained to skid with superhuman skill

12:01 am U.S. ET | Oct. 26, 2015

Stanford's rebuilt DeLorean pushes the limits of grip to show how self-driving cars could mirror skilled humans....
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Nissan exec leads $10 billion quest to discover the next Elon Musk

7:15 am U.S. ET | Oct. 16, 2015

Nissan Vice Chairman Toshiyuki Shiga is on a $10 billion quest to discover Japan’s top entrepreneurs, who can start companies as globally competitive as Tesla and Apple....
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Ford commits $1.8 billion to r&d in China

6:28 am U.S. ET | Oct. 12, 2015

Ford will invest $1.8 billion over the next five years to expand r&d in China, the latest effort by the U.S. carmaker to secure a larger slice of the world's biggest auto market....
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A Stanford professor's quest to fix driverless cars' major flaw

7:18 am U.S. ET | Oct. 9, 2015

As the autonomous car movement barrels ahead, Chris Gerdes is raising questions about ethical choices that must inevitably be programmed into the robotic minds expected one day soon to be driving along the nation's highways....
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VW picks Skoda r&d chief to run technical development, report says

Oct. 8, 2015 10:13 CET

VW Group will pick Skoda development chief Frank Welsch to replace suspended executive Heinz-Jakob Neusser as head of technical development at VW brand, a report said....
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Mercedes names new chief of China r&d center

Oct. 2, 2015 12:10 CET

Mercedes named Hans Georg Engel to run its r&d center in Beijing where he will oversee the expansion of the unit, which is planned to almost double in size by the end of the year from when it opened in 2014....
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Magna CEO sees smart robots shifting parts output away from China

11:02 am U.S. ET | Sept. 24, 2015

The falling cost of intelligent robots may help repatriate some auto production away from low-cost locations like China back to factories in Germany and North America, Magna International CEO Donald Walker says....
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Continental, Valeo developing mirror-eliminating camera technologies

3:00 am U.S. ET | Sept. 15, 2015

Suppliers Continental and Valeo are hoping to turn rear- and side-view mirrors into relics of the past. The German and French suppliers kicked off the Frankfurt auto show today by touting how their camera-based systems can improve safety, reduce drag, and create more opportunities for design innovation....
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China's BAIC opens r&d center in Silicon Valley

3:46 pm U.S. ET | Sept. 10, 2015

Chinese automaker BAIC Motor has opened an r&d center in Silicon Valley -- a facility that will help the company develop technology for electric vehicles, batteries and telematics. The center, which BAIC launched as a partnership with the Beijing New Engineering Research Institute, houses 20 employees....
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