Tech

Ford Patents Smartphone Controls for Semi-Autonomous Cars

October 08, 2018 at 1:41 PM

Ford Motor Co. has received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office that would allow users to steer an automated vehicle via their smartphone or other handheld electronic device.

Sumitomo Touts V2I Pedestrian Detector

October 05, 2018 at 9:11 AM

Japan’s Sumitomo Electric Industries Ltd. says it has developed a vehicle-to-infrastructure communication system that alerts motorists about the presence of pedestrians on streets they are turning onto.

U.S. to Ease Rules on Advanced Self-Driving Vehicles

October 04, 2018 at 2:11 PM

U.S. regulators plan to rework vehicle safety laws so as to allow fully automated vehicles that lack steering wheels and foot pedals to operate on public roads.

U.S. Traffic Fatality Rate Reverses 2-Year Rise

October 04, 2018 at 4:33 AM

Traffic fatalities in the U.S. declined by 2% to 37,100 people in 2017, reversing increases of 8% in 2015 and 6% in 2016, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Daimler, Renault-Nissan Eye More Joint Projects

October 03, 2018 at 8:41 AM

The Renault-Nissan alliance and Daimler AG are evaluating ways to expand the partnership they launched in 2010.

Wheel Suspension Startup Adds Investors

October 02, 2018 at 10:16 AM

Israeli startup SoftWheel Ltd., which is developing a wheel system with an integrated suspension, says Mitsubishi Corp. has made an unspecified investment in its latest round of funding.

Kia Targets Performance, but Rules Out Sub-Brand

October 01, 2018 at 12:15 PM

Kia Motor Corp. has no plans to add a sub-brand similar to parent Hyundai Motor Co.’s new “N” nameplate.

Toyota Files Patent for Flying Car

September 27, 2018 at 1:49 PM

Toyota Motor Corp. has filed a U.S. patent for an electric flying car.

Hennessey Targets Speed Record

September 26, 2018 at 5:04 PM

Houston-based tuner Hennessey Performance Engineering says its next-generation Venom F5 supercar should easily top 300 mph, which would make it the fastest street legal car in the world. 

Toyota to Supply Fuel Cell Tech to Portuguese Bus Firm

September 26, 2018 at 11:25 AM

Portuguese busmaker Caetanobus SA is partnering with Toyota Motor Corp. to develop and test fuel cell-powered city buses.

Report: Drivers Put Too Much Trust in Safety Assist Features

September 26, 2018 at 1:11 AM

U.S. drivers like advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), but a new report says they often overestimate what such features can do.

Visteon Cockpit Tech Debuts in Mercedes A-Class

September 25, 2018 at 10:11 AM

Visteon Corp. is introducing its SmartCore cockpit domain controller in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class small car currently being launched in global markets.