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With PSA in frame, FCA-GM merger still no sense

16 Feb 2017 | Bill Cawthon

Since before the bailouts of 2009, industry and financial mavens have been calling for the merger of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and General M...

AI and the future automotive experience

12 Jan 2017 | Dave Leggett

The recent CES included a number of innovations and concepts pitched at the emerging world of autonomous drive. However, we also heard of ne...

Chrysler, Dodge & RAM future models - an analysis

16 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The seventh and final feature in the series concerning the future model plans of FCA Italy's and FCA US' brands is an analysis of what's com...

Jeep future models - a global analysis

14 Dec 2016 | Glenn Brooks

The penultimate feature in the series concerning the future model plans of FCA' passenger vehicle brands is an analysis of what's ahead for...

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Industry 4.0 more effective than low labour costs

11 Jan 2017 | Calum MacRae

Johannes Roters is the CEO of Yanfeng Automotive Interiors, the vehicle interior giant created by the 2015 70:30 joint-venture between Yanfeng Automotive Trim and Johnson Controls interior business (now Adient). just-auto's Calum MacRae was provided with an update to the company's strategy and progress at the 2017 NAIAS in Detroit.

Delphi CTO targets user cockpit experience

12 Apr 2016 | Dave Leggett

Delphi’s Chief Technology Officer, Jeff Owens, has told just-auto that the automotive battle for the Millennials is being played out in the user experience in the car cockpit.

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Ford spending $1.2bn at Michigan factories

29 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Ford said it was spending US$1.2bn on Michigan factories to build new trucks and SUVs and expand as a mobility company.

GM rejects new share proposal and board nominees

29 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

General Motors has rejected a non-binding proposal that Greenlight Capital intends to submit for a vote at the automaker's 2017 annual meeting of shareholders.

Eaton launches high current power inductors

28 Mar 2017 | Simon Warburton

Eaton has launched its automotive grade HCM1A product line of high current power inductors designed to meet electronic system power and thermal handling requirements of transportation manufacturers.

Uber resumes some driverless car testing

27 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Uber has resumed driverless vehicle testing in San Francisco following weekend crash in Arizona caused by the driver of another car.

Uber suspends autonomous testing in Arizona

27 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Uber reportedly has suspended autonomous vehicle testing in Arizona after a Volvo XC90 was involved in a collision in Tempe though the vehicle was not at fault.

Microsoft's connected car patent deal with Toyota

24 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Microsoft this week agreed a new patent licensing agreement with Toyota that includes broad coverage for connected car technologies.

Wabco making truck air disc brakes in US

23 Mar 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Wabco has expanded its North American production with output of air disc brakes (ADB) for commercial vehicles following the opening of its new factory in North Charleston, South Carolina.

New York show - Toyota extends Sienna lifecycle

22 Mar 2017 | Glenn Brooks

As expected, Toyota Motor Sales US, will give the facelifted Yaris its North American debut at the New York auto show. In a surprise development though, the Sienna is also facelifted for the 2018 model year. The big minivan, in production since January 2010, had been expected to instead be replaced.

Wyoming teams with Lear for road-side technology

21 Mar 2017 | Simon Warburton

Lear has been selected by the Wyoming Department of Transportation (WYDOT) as its partner to supply vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure Road Side and On-Board Units.   The supplier has in-house capabilities, augmented by its 2015 acquisition of Arada Systems, for vehicle electrical systems required to connect vehicles to other vehicles and to roadside infrastructure, including hardware, software and cybersecurity.  Lear has deployed road-side equipment in more than 20 locations across eight States and in five countries. Wyoming is one of the US Department of Transportation's pilot sites for connected vehicles, with a focus on trucking and highway driving in adverse weather conditions.  In addition to supplying all related safety applications to the pilot programme, Lear's E-Systems will supply its Locomate Roadstar product with features such as Dedicated Short-Range Communications, high-precision GPS, Wi-Fi, Security and more.  Designed to withstand harsh environments, the Locomate Roadstar is the next generation of the product from Lear's automotive connectivity portfolio.  "Lear is pleased to showcase our expertise with both in-vehicle and roadside infrastructure capabilities as well as our commitment to work closely with States such as Wyoming in order to provide vehicle connectivity solutions," said Lear SVP and E-Systems business segment president, Frank Orsini. "Our E-Systems team is focused on delivering innovations for automotive connectivity platforms, and our industry-leading vehicle connectivity product offering is the result of our global engineering talent bringing leading products to market." Lear was founded in Detroit in 1917 as American Metal Products, with the company celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

NVIDIA working with PACCAR on autonomous trucks

21 Mar 2017 | Dave Leggett

Electronics specialist NVIDIA is working with freight truck maker PACCAR on developing solutions for autonomous commercial vehicles.

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