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Briefing – AI, machine learning and cars

23 January 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Not so long ago, the consumer electronics show (CES) was the place to exhibit the latest in computers, mobile devices and other electronic gadgets. It still is although the accent is changing. Every year, this Las Vegas tech fest attracts a rising tide of automotive suppliers taking space both inside and outside the convention centre halls. This month’s management briefing turns the spotlight on some of those exhibitors operating in the brave new auto world of voice control, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. Now we’re talking.

ANALYSIS - The four-cylinder Porsche Cayman S

13 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

Emissions. Reading that word surely makes executives at Volkswagen Group divisions shudder. But sometimes its use is benign: the new 2.5-litre flat-four turbo in the Porsche 718 Cayman S is low on CO2, returns more than 35mpg in the real world and sounds like no other previous Porsche engine.

AI and the future automotive experience

12 January 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 new concepts that utilise artificial intelligence (AI) as part of the vision of the autonomous future.

Interior design and technology - Vauxhall Astra

12 January 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Inspired by the Monza concept, the seventh-generation Vauxhall Astra made its global debut at the 2015 IAA. As one of the UK’s best-sellers, Astra is a household name for British car buyers with almost three million sold in the country over the last 38 years. Built at the carmaker’s Ellesmere Port factory, the mid-size hatchback is based on a lightweight vehicle architecture with a new design, punchy powertrains and novel technologies. Continuing just-auto's review of interior design and technology trends, we borrowed one to take a closer look.

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Eden Games gears up for mobile devices

16 January 2017 | Matthew Beecham

The global gaming market is accelerating at a rapid rate. The sheer scale and reach has meant the traditionally conservative automotive industry is now embracing the opportunities for both revenues and exposure. In this interview, David Nadal, CEO and founder of Eden Games explains why these are exciting times for games developers playing in the automotive industry.

Falken swoops on the European OE tyre market

11 January 2017 | Matthew Beecham

Falken Tyre recently formed an OE partnership with Czech car manufacturer Škoda, marking the latest in a series of manufacturer relationships. To find out more and how the OE side of its business is shaping up, we spoke to the tyre maker’s European head of marketing, Stephan Cimbal.

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NHTSA clears Tesla autopilot after fatal crash

20 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

US investigators have cleared a 2015 Tesla Model S which collided with a tractor trailer crossing an uncontrolled intersection in Florida, resulting in the death of the driver. The decision resulted on Consumer Watchdog accusing regulators of falling for Tesla "propaganda".

Carmakers join 'hydrogen council' at Davos

18 January 2017 | Dave Leggett

Carmakers Daimler, Hyundai, BMW, Honda and Toyota are among corporate giants - comprising energy, engineering and automotive firms - backing a new global initiative to promote hydrogen technologies.

just-auto Plus only Wabco selected as sole air supply system supplier

18 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Wabco Holdings, a leading global supplier of technologies and services that improve the safety, efficiency and connectivity of commercial vehicles, on 17 January 2017 announced that for the first...

China to build world’s largest autonomous lab

17 January 2017 | Tony Pugliese

China plans to build the world’s largest autonomous driving test zone from this year in the south-eastern city of Zhangzhou in Fujian province.

Toyota to establish hydrogen-based society in UAE

17 January 2017 | Dave Leggett

Toyota has agreed to collaborate with Masdar, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), Air Liquide, and Toyota distributor Al-Futtaim Motors in a joint research program to explore the potential of hydrogen energy use in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the creation of a sustainable, low-carbon society.

just-auto Plus only Henkel upgrades SAIC-GM’s car coating line

17 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Henkel Asia-Pacific announced that its automotive team had used Bonderite M-NT 1820 surface pretreatment technology to help SAIC-GM upgrade its car coating line. The paint shop at...

just-auto Plus only BMW to launch upgraded models in March 2017

17 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

From the spring of 2017, the new BMW 5 Series, the sportiest and most innovative business sedan in its segment, will also set new standards in terms of efficiency. The new BMW 520d...

just-auto Plus only Freudenberg leveraging new technical capabilities

16 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

The sleek vehicle styling on display this week at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit is bound to generate excitement. But the sophisticated new powertrain technologies...

EXCLUSIVE - Kia B-SUV to be called Stonic

13 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

According to a trademark filing, 'Stonic' will be the name of a new Kia model. It is believed that this will be applied to the YB-SUV due out later in 2017.

Brussels motor show - Jaguar & Skoda debuts

13 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

The 2017 Brussels motor show has taken place, with the facelifted Jaguar F-TYPE the main debutante.

Nissan driverless car tests set for London roads

13 January 2017 | Dave Leggett

Nissan has announced it will bring real-world demonstrations of autonomous driving cars to London next month.

just-auto Plus only Axalta introduces new coating application system

13 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Axalta Coating Systems a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, introduces Alesta Lync, an innovative Dry-on-Dry (DOD) powder coating application system. Alesta Lync is a cost...

just-auto Plus only New Ford GT to feature digital instrument display

12 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Like the glass cockpit in airplanes and race cars, the all-new Ford GT features an all-digital instrument display in the car’s dashboard that quickly and easily presents information to the...

just-auto Plus only Inrix integrates Amazon Alexa into OpenCar

12 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Inrix, the world leader in connected car services and transportation analytics, on 4 January 2017 announced the integration of Amazon Alexa, the intelligent cloud based voice service, into the...

2017 Detroit auto show - world debuts list

11 January 2017 | Glenn Brooks

All the world premieres from the 2017 North American International Auto Show are listed below. The most important models this year were of course the ninth generation Toyota Camry, which will also be the first vehicle using the (TN)GA-K architecture to be manufactured in the US; and the updated Ford F-150 which gains fresh engines, including a diesel.

just-auto Plus only Schaeffler presents innovative solutions at NAIAS

11 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Reducing fuel consumption and emissions, increasing comfort and driving dynamics: hybrid drives play a significant role in these development goals. Mild hybrid drives with 48 V technology meet...

just-auto Plus only Bosch showcases electrification tech at NAIAS

11 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Bosch, a leading global supplier of technology products and services, showcases the future for electrification technologies with a variety of powertrain solutions at The North American...

Nexteer launches automated world steering

10 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

Nexteer Automotive unveiled two new steering technologies at the North American International Auto Show:  Steering on Demand System and Quiet Wheel Steering.

Volvo names family helping develop autonomous cars

10 January 2017 | Graeme Roberts

The Hain family, from Gothenburg in Sweden, are the first people chosen by Volvo Cars to take part in a real-life autonomous drive research programme using real cars, in real traffic.

just-auto Plus only Schaeffler US to develop hybrid solutions for SUVs

10 January 2017 | just-auto plus Extended News

Schaeffler is electrifying sport utility vehicles (SUVs), crossovers and pick-ups (light duty vehicles), which are extremely popular in the US automobile market, with innovative hybrid solutions....

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