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Ford CTO Raj Nair on the future: Ford will look very different in 10 … – TechCrunch

Raj Nair (Ford) at TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2017 Today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY, our own Darrell Etherington sat down with Ford Motor Company CTO (and Ford employee since 1987!) Raj Nair to chat about the future and how a company like Ford shifts with an evolving industry — particularly as the car industry adopts the idea of cars that drive themselves. While the overall panel was about autonomous vehicles, they…

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

BMW, Intel and Mobileye bring Delphi in on their self-driving platform – TechCrunch

BMW, Intel and Mobileye have a new partner in their previously announced initiative to co-develop an autonomous driving platform. Delphi is now a member of the group effort, which was announced first in July 2016, prior to Intel’s acquisition of Mobileye earlier this year. Delphi will be providing key compute components for the system, and have already supplied a prototype of the platform they’ll eventually supply to the system to…

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

European car sales drop in April but remain up for the year – The Seattle Times

MILAN (AP) — European car sales dipped by 6.6 percent in April due to the impact of the Easter holiday, but remained up overall in the first four months. The ACEA European carmakers’ association said Tuesday that 1.1 million units were sold in April, with Britain posting a nearly 20-percent decline. Germany, France and Italy had single-digit slides. Still, sales for January-April showed a resilient 5-percent rise. Stung by the…

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

All over Europe, people have suddenly stopped buying cars – Business Insider

We suddenly stopped buying cars. All over Europe, new car sales are suddenly down. Not a little bit, a lot. The shift suggests consumers are uncertain about their economic prospects in the near term. In the UK, registrations of new cars dipped 28.4% in April following a change in vehicle excise duty (VED) the month before. The increase in VED tax accelerated some purchases and delayed others, but the April slump…

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Audi and Volvo go all-in on Android – Engadget

Since Nougat, Google has been pushing Android as a “turnkey” platform that car makers can use on their cars in the same way phone manufacturers do. This news is tied in to the fact that Google has its developer conference coming up, and needs to hook developers on for the ride. We’ve already seen this in action, Google was demoing a Maserati that was running Android at last year’s I/O….

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Europe Car Sales Suffer Biggest Drop Since 2013 as U.K. Tumbles – Bloomberg

European car sales fell the most in four years in April as the shift of Easter from March reduced buyers’ time for shopping, while registrations in the U.K. were further sapped by tax changes. With at least two fewer selling days compared with a year ago, industrywide registrations dropped 6.8 percent to 1.23 million vehicles last month, according to the Brussels-based European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association, or ACEA. Regional leader Volkswagen AG…

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Savari works to bring 5G to connected cars – TechCrunch

In these early days of smart cities and connected cars, Savari has emerged as a V2X (that’s vehicle-to-everything) innovator. Now it’s joined the 5G Automotive Association to bring cellular communications to connected cars. This technology doesn’t merely provide faster cell service on the morning commute. Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) is a communications system for connected cars to share data with each other and with the surrounding infrastructure — no humans required. With 5G,…

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Absent from America, French cars drive into Iran election – Reuters

LONDON/PARIS/FRANKFURT French carmakers PSA (PEUP.PA) and Renault (RENA.PA) are turning their U.S. absence into an Iranian advantage by piling into a resurgent market still off-limits to foreign rivals fearful of sanctions under Donald Trump’s administration. The French investment has been seized upon by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is seeking re-election this week, as evidence that his pursuit of a nuclear detente and attempts to attract foreign money will pay…

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ford To Cut Up To 20000 Jobs As Fields Aims To Keep His Strategy On Track – Report – Forbes

Mark Fields, Ford CEO, is under pressure. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Ford ) Ford Motor is planning to slash up to 10 percent of its global workforce, as it seeks to cut $3 billion in costs in the face of slower car sales and higher spending on new technologies, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday night. The job cuts could be outlined as early as this week, the Journal said,…

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

GM’s Millennial Ride-Sharing Platform Expands In New York – Fast Company

About the author Ruth Reader is a writer for Fast Company who covers gig economy platforms, contract workers, and the future of jobs. More

Posted: Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Lyft and Waymo team up on self-driving cars, while a judge deals Uber a blow – Washington Post

(Jeff Chiu/AP) Two key players in Silicon Valley’s battle to define the future of transportation are teaming up just as a common enemy faces new challenges. Waymo, the self-driving division of Google’s parent company, and ride-hailing company Lyft are partnering to test driverless-car technology, the companies confirmed Sunday. [Waymo is giving hundreds of people access to their own self-driving cars] Both companies face a bitter foe in Uber and are seizing…

Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017

Fiat Chrysler unapologetic about massive horsepower – USA TODAY

CLOSE x Embed x Share They range from the most powerful muscle car ever to sleek pocket rockets. USA TODAY 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon packs 840 horsepower(Photo: FCA US LLC) DETROIT — In an era where the biggest buzz in the automotive industry is about self-driving cars, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has been doubling down on jaw-dropping horsepower. At the New York Auto Show last month the automaker revealed…

Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017

Volvo and Audi turn to Android for next-gen connected cars – TechCrunch

Volvo and Audi are looking to do more with Android in its forthcoming connected vehicles, the companies announced on Monday ahead of this week’s Google I/O developer conference. The companies will be showing off the fruits of this deeper integration at the event in San Jose, which goes beyond entertainment and navigation to help drivers and passengers control AC, windows, sunroof and more via Android. The integration of Android throughout…

Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017

Diesel cars pump out 50 per cent more toxic emissions than they should, major report finds – Telegraph.co.uk

Diesel cars are pumping out 50 per cent more toxic emissions than they should be if all were complying with pollution laws, researchers have found. In Europe the failure to meet emissions standards could be leading to the deaths of 11,500 people every year, the new report by the University of York and the International Council on Clean Transportation . Between 2008 and 2015 Volkswagen rigged diesel cars so they…

Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017

Volkswagen Recalling 292000 Porsches and Audis for Fire Hazard – The Drive

Almost 300,000 additional Volkswagen Group vehicles are being recalled for a potential fire issue on top of a previous recall involving 281,505 vehicles, according to Automotive News. Some Porsche Macans, Audi Q5s, and Audi Q7s use a fuel pump flange that could potentially crack, causing fuel to leak. In these instances, it is possible that the car could catch fire, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.  The Q5s…

Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017

Lyft and Waymo Reach Deal to Collaborate on Self-Driving Cars … – New York Times

Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017

Lucid’s unique approach to cars is about more than just electric drivetrains – TechCrunch

Lucid Motors is a startup focused electric cars, and the company revealed the design of its first car, the Lucid Air, at the very end of last year. The luxury sedan looks like a natural competitor to Tesla’s Model S, but the company has a view of the direction of the industry that makes its car unique from the rest of the field in more ways than one. Crucially, Lucid…

Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017

The end of petrol and diesel cars? All vehicles will be electric by … – Telegraph.co.uk

No more petrol or diesel cars, buses, or trucks will be sold anywhere in the world within eight years. The entire market for land transport will switch to electrification, leading to a collapse of oil prices and the demise of the petroleum industry as we have known it for a century. This is the futuristic forecast by Stanford University economist Tony Seba. His report, with the deceptively bland title Rethinking…

Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017

BMW will launch 8 series in upmarket strategy push – Automotive News (subscription) (blog)

FRANKFURT — BMW last built an 8-series model in 1999, but CEO Harald Krueger says the company will revive the upmarket coupe line in 2018. “We are refreshing our entire product portfolio and strengthening the performance side,” Krueger told shareholders at the company’s annual general meeting in Munich last week. “Our strategy will focus on the luxury segment, where there are margins to be earned.” BMW aims to…

Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017

Fiat Chrysler recalling a million Ram trucks in US – Detroit Free Press

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Posted: Monday, May 15, 2017