Legal

VW Agrees to Buy Back a Few Cheater Diesels in Europe

June 23, 2017 at 10:37 AM

Volkswagen AG has agreed to buy back an unspecified number of diesel-powered vehicles in Germany that had been rigged to evade emission standards, Reuters reports.

Tech

Researchers Tout Contact Lens Polymer for EV Supercapacitors

June 23, 2017 at 6:33 AM

Researchers at the University of Surrey in England are developing a plastic based on soft contact-lens technology that could allow supercapacitors to be used in place of batteries to boost the performance of electric vehicles.

Mobility

PSA Accelerates Autonomous-Vehicle Plans

June 23, 2017 at 3:13 AM

PSA Group plans to debut new driver-assist features on select Citroen, Peugeot and DS-badged models next year and introduce a Level 3 autonomous vehicle in 2020. Models with Level 4 and Level 5 capabilities will follow in 2025 and 2030, respectively.

Regulatory

U.S. Releases Updated Connected Vehicle Guidelines

June 23, 2017 at 2:34 AM

The U.S. Dept. of Transportation’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office has updated its national reference architecture for connected vehicles.

New Product

Tesla Hints at Superfast Next-Gen Roadster

June 23, 2017 at 2:14 AM

Tesla Inc. is targeting a sub-two-second 0-60 mph acceleration time for the next-generation of its top-end Roadster electric vehicle, which would make it the fastest car in the world.

Sales

Truck Sales in Europe Rise 9%

June 23, 2017 at 2:13 AM

Registrations of commercial vehicles across Europe grew 9% year on year to 212,600 units in May, reversing the market’s 7% decline in April, trade group ACEA reports.

People

Waymo Hires Ex-Tesla Exec

June 23, 2017 at 12:59 AM

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo autonomous car unit has hired Satish Jeyachandran, the former head of hardware engineering at Tesla Inc., to help it create the package of cameras and other sensors needed for self-driving vehicles.

New Product

Land Rover Targets All-New Buyers with Next-Gen Defender

June 23, 2017 at 12:30 AM

Land Rover says it will replace its venerable Defender SUV with a model designed to appeal to an entirely different generation of buyers.

Business

Qualcomm Invests in Battery Safety Tech

June 23, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Qualcomm Inc. is investing an unspecified amount in Amionx Inc., a Carlsbad, Calif.-based developer of battery safety technologies.

Mobility

Ford Expands Chariot Shuttle Service to Seattle

June 22, 2017 at 6:43 PM

Ford Motor Co. is extending its Chariot ride-sharing shuttle service to Seattle following pilot programs in San Francisco and Austin, Texas.

Business

Accuride to Acquire Germany’s Mefro Wheels

June 22, 2017 at 5:40 PM

Commercial vehicle wheelmaker Accuride Corp. has agreed to buy privately held competitor Mefro Wheels GmbH, a German supplier of original-equipment steel wheels for cars, trucks and vehicles used in agriculture and construction.

Mobility

Renault-Nissan Plans Driverless Ride Services

June 22, 2017 at 5:00 PM

The Renault-Nissan alliance tells Reuters that within 10 years it will introduce ride-hailing and ride-sharing services that feature self-driving electric vehicles.