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Waymo Casts Wide Net for Potential Users

Krafcik outlines company's plans.

by on Jan.10, 2017

Chrysler and Waymo have limited their partnership to 100 of the modified minivans.

Waymo plans to target multiple segments with self-driving technology once it is ready for the road, Waymo Chief Executive Officer John Krafcik said during a talk at the annual Automotive News World Congress.

“The first point to keep in mind is we’re not making a car,” Krafcik said. “We’re working on making a better driver, he said.

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Better and safer “drivers” are the key to reducing the staggering number of road fatalities, which are estimated at 1.5 million annually, according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development. (more…)

Lightning Strikes the Detroit Auto Show

Pixar rolls out life-size Lightning McQueen ahead of “Cars 3” debut.

by on Jan.08, 2017

Pixar's top executives John Lasseter, left, Jay Ward and Jay Shuster, as well as Lightning McQueen, provided a sneak peek at "Cars 3."

Making a return to “where the idea of ‘Cars’ got its life,” John Lasseter and several other members of the Pixar creative team rolled into Detroit’s Cobo Hall on Sunday afternoon – along with a life-size replica of the film franchise’s hero, race car Lightning McQueen.

The film, a runaway 2006 hit, is about to bring the wise-mouthed McQueen back in the latest sequel, “Cars 3.” But this time, the rookie racer has become a fading veteran, struggling to hold back a challenge from a new generation led by the film’s villain, Jackson Storm.

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“The goal (for Storm) was to create a car that looked completely different – what a NASCAR racer would look like in 20 years,” explained Lasseter, the Pixar creative director and son of an auto parts depot manager. (more…)

Detroit Auto Show Ready to Go Mobile with AutoMobili-D

Showcase emphasizes importance of technology in auto industry.

by on Dec.09, 2016

The AutoMobili-D exposition, show in this artist's rendering, is expected to open 50 start-up companies as part of its 120 exhibitors overall.

For years now automakers have been emphasizing the amount of technology used in today’s new cars, trucks and utility vehicles. In fact, so much so that some auto shows are hosting entirely separate “show within a show” style events to showcase that technology.

At the North American International Auto Show, it’s called AutoMobili-D and in its inaugural event, it will feature nearly 50 start-ups from around the world featuring innovative mobility platforms in January at Cobo Center.

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Those start-ups are part of a group of 120 companies overall inhabiting a 120,000 square-foot section of Cobo Center highlighting the latest in autonomous vehicle technology as well as other gee-whiz-advancements for vehicles. (more…)

Automakers, Shows Changing to Feature Technology

Shows finding ways to include tech with automakers.

by on Jul.15, 2016

GM's decision to debut the Chevy Bolt at the CES instead of at the Detroit Auto Show shows the shift in how automakers view auto shows.

The world is changing and the auto industry is scurrying to change with it.

Transportation options are multiplying and makers are attempting to be players in each segment whether is simply producing new types vehicles, i.e. small SUVs and crossovers, to satisfy consumers or jumping into the personal mobility market through partnerships like the latest between General Motors and Lyft.

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It doesn’t stop there as car sharing services are springing up and folks are focusing on more personal methods of transportation. A quick tour of Facebook will show you the preferences of folks ranging from cars that double as boats to a move to make the U.S. more like Belgium and create a more bicycle-friendly country. (more…)

Feds, 18 Automakers Agree to Form Broad Consortium to Improve Auto Safety

First joint project to focus on cyber-security; concept modeled after successful aerospace effort.

by on Jan.15, 2016

U.S. Transportation Sec. Anthony Foxx, surrounded by industry leaders, at the news conference.

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In an unprecedented move, 18 global automakers have agreed to form a broad consortium aimed at not only developing advanced safety technology but also bringing it to a broad a range of consumers as quickly as possible.

The concept was modeled after a similar and successful program developed by the National Transportation Safety Board and Federal Aviation Administration to work with aerospace manufacturers like Boeing and Airbus.

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The first of what could become a wide range of projects is already underway, TheDetroitBureau.com has learned. The members of the new consortium agreed earlier this month to pool resources in an effort to thwart the threat of hackers. Cyber-security is considered a critical issue as the industry adds more digital technology to vehicles and works towards a collective goal of putting autonomous vehicles on the road.

The new safety consortium is a “strong start,” and a “new approach,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, surrounded by senior executives from all 18 automakers.

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Transpo Sec. Fox Set to Announce “Historic” Autonomous Vehicle News

Setting the stage for rapid change.

by on Jan.14, 2016

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox is planning to announce what is being described by his office as “new actions on vehicle automation,” though a senior member of his department has also hinted that it will be part of a “potentially history-making” series of steps in terms of improving highway safety.

With the support of both the auto industry, as well as many state and regional regulators, Fox is expected to announce that the Department of Transportation will take steps to make it easier for the industry to develop, test and eventually bring to market a new generation of semi- and fully autonomous vehicles. The ultimate goal is to sharply reduce the number of deaths on U.S. highways.

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It’s one of three announcements set to come from Washington in a matter of weeks designed to spur innovation and improve safety, Mark Rosekind, the head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said this week, noting that, “These actions going forward (will) change the nature of the auto industry.”

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GMC Amps up Crossover Competition with 2017 Acadia

Better mileage, more technology catapults CUV to top of class.

by on Jan.12, 2016

GMC is taking things a step farther with its new Acadia: the new verion has a model that can go off-road.

The battle for superiority in the luxury crossover segment just got a little more fierce with the introduction of the new 2017 GMC Acadia at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

GMC took some chances with the new Acadia with two new powertrains – one for the fuel economy conscious and one for those who want some oomph – as well as introducing a new “off-road” model.

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“GMC is a strong, growing premium brand and the Acadia is a cornerstone of our success story,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president of GMC Sales and Marketing. “The all-new Acadia leverages GMC’s proven SUV experience to take on and shake up one of the largest vehicle segments, with a strong blend of design, technology and capability.”  (more…)

Audi Shoots for the Moon

German automaker outlines tech goals – including new moon mission.

by on Jan.12, 2016

Audi's U.S. CEO Scott Keogh, left, and Gene Cernan, the last man to walk on the moon, talk about Audi during the Detroit Auto Show.

It weighs just 75 pounds, boasts wheels made of a titanium-aluminum alloy, and its “sunroof” is an array of solar panels. The little buggy rolling around the Audi stand at the North American International Auto Show isn’t nearly as sleek and sexy as the rest of the vehicles Audi has on display. But it doesn’t have to be, not when it comes time to start rolling around the surface of the moon.

The German maker is lending its financial support to a team of scientists chasing the latest Xprize. They hope to launch their mobile lab next year atop an Indian rocket, and if all goes well, it will travel nearly a quarter-million miles before landing on the Taurus Littrow Valley – which just happened to be the last place an Apollo moon mission landed 43 years ago.

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“We plan to go back and look at the (lunar rover) they left behind,” Karsten Becker, a member of the German team told TheDetroitBureau.com. During the 11 days it’s expected to be operational, the Audi-funded buggy will also perform a wide range of experiments before being plunged into the deep freeze of a lunar night. (more…)

Infiniti Unveils Q60 Sports Coupe at NAIAS

Luxury brand continues renaissance.

by on Jan.11, 2016

Infiniti took the wraps off its new Q60 sports coupe at the Detroit Auto Show. Photo credit: Len Katz.

Infiniti continued its renaissance in Detroit today as it unveiled its new Q60 sports coupe at the 2016 North American International Auto Show.

The new coupe is part of the move at Infiniti to offer buyers – younger buyers – more performance-oriented vehicles with compelling exterior designs to match the new power under the hood.

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“As the third-generation version of Infiniti’s iconic sports coupe, the new Q60 builds on Infiniti’s brand heritage and history of technology leadership,” said Carlos Ghosn, president and chief executive officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. “It reinforces Infiniti’s reputation for performance, elegance and driver-focused design.” (more…)

Hyundai Takes Wraps off Genesis G90 Flagship

Automaker launches premium brand.

by on Jan.11, 2016

Hyundai debuted its Genesis G90: the flagship sedan for the maker's new premium brand.

Hyundai’s long-awaited, executive-level Genesis brand got its first entry: the Genesis G90. The new luxury sedan made its debut at the North American International Auto Show.

The G90 “will deliver a concept of ‘New Luxury’ to our customers,” promised Hyundai R&D chief Woong-Chul Yang during an earlier reveal. “The G90 sits at the pinnacle of the Genesis brand and demonstrates how we apply our human-centered values to give our customer true satisfaction in every aspect of the vehicle ownership experience.”

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The G90, which is known as the EQ900 in Asia, replaces the Hyundai Equus at the top of the automaker’s portfolio. The Equus was Hyundai’s first effort to push into the Premium Luxury market, a segment dominated by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and competitors like the new BMW 7-Series. (more…)