Tech

Mixed Results in Latest Minivan Crash Tests

August 16, 2018 at 12:31 AM

A trio of 2018 model minivans earning widely varied performance ratings in a tough frontal crash test by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Polestar Tech Sends All-Wheel-Drive to the Rear

August 15, 2018 at 12:40 PM

Volvo Car Corp.’s Polestar performance unit has updated its Engineered Optimization Accessory software to give all-wheel-drive models a sportier rear-bias feel.

Porsche, Nvidia Team Up on "Speed of Light" Design

August 15, 2018 at 10:36 AM

Porsche is working with chipmaker Nvidia and video game specialist Epic Games on a new design tool that could significantly speed vehicle development and improve real-time modeling capabilities.

Kia Touts Personalized Sound Systems

August 13, 2018 at 9:39 AM

Kia Motors Corp. is developing a zoned audio system that allow each vehicle occupant to listen to different music or conduct separate hands-free phone conversations.

JLR Readies New Platform for Future SUVs

August 13, 2018 at 1:02 AM

Jaguar Land Rover Ltd.’s next-generation Defender SUV due by 2021 will debut a modular chassis that will carry two other models during the following three years.

Ford to Pare Platforms from Nine to Five

August 10, 2018 at 1:36 AM

Ford Motor Co., which slashed the number of platforms used to carry its vehicles from 30 to nine during Alan Mulally’s reign as CEO in 2006-2014, now aims to trim that number to five.

Amazon Debuts Alexa Developer Kit for Vehicle Infotainment

August 09, 2018 at 3:30 PM

Amazon.com Inc. has unveiled a kit to help software developers build Amazon’s Alexa voice control feature into their vehicles’ infotainment systems.

Waze to Steer VW Owners to Top U.K. Roads

August 08, 2018 at 1:04 PM

Volkswagen AG is launching a new feature in the U.K. to help direct motorists to the region’s best-rated driving roads.

IIHS Warns on Reliability of Driver-Assist Systems

August 08, 2018 at 1:16 AM

Driver-assist systems that provide automatic steering and braking can be lifesavers, but they also can lead you into a crash, cautions the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

Ford Plant Workers Suit Up for Ergonomics

August 07, 2018 at 5:06 PM

Workers at Ford Motor Co.’s vehicle and engine assembly plant in Valencia, Spain, are wearing special body suits to improve manufacturing processes and workstation layouts.

Audi to Test 5G Communications in Pilot Plant

August 06, 2018 at 7:52 PM

Audi AG is partnering with Swedish telecommunications giant LM Ericsson to use 5G communications technology in advanced manufacturing applications.

Auto Interiors in an Autonomous World

August 06, 2018 at 6:02 PM

The auto industry’s transition to self-driving cars will bring a huge change in the way vehicle interiors are designed, says Adient’s Nicholas Petouhoff.