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Autonomous Vehicle System Oops! New 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Recall for Hands On/Off Detection Warnings

If this safety defect occurs, the hands on/off detection system may not alert the driver to place his or her hands back on the steering wheel, which could increase the risk of a crash. Such systems are building blocks for autonomous vehicles. Continue reading

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Chattanooga to Build US VW Electric Vehicles

Globally, Volkswagen Group plans to commit almost $50 billion (44 billion euros) through 2023 toward the development and production of electric vehicles and digital services. The Volkswagen brand alone has fore-cast selling 150,000 EVs by 2020 worldwide, increasing that number to 1 million by 2025. Continue reading

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First Look: 2020 Explorer Adds More Driver-Assist Systems

Traditional virtues for a rear-wheel drive vehicle introduction might be overshadowed by added new smart technology that foreshadows Ford’s quest to produce and sell autonomous vehicles. Continue reading

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GM to Work with Evgo, ChargePoint, Greenlots on EV Charging

GM plans to aggregate dynamic data from each of the EV charging networks “so owners of the all-electric Chevrolet Bolt EV can have a more seamless charging experience with their GM vehicles.” No mention of the data use and identification which could include unknowing invasion of privacy for owners using the stations. Continue reading

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Ford Police Interceptor Claws Back the Profitable Business that Dearborn Abandoned by Killing the Crown Victoria in 2011

As of last year, The Explorer based Police Interceptor accounted for nearly two-thirds of police vehicle sales in the United States. The limousine business also abandoned when Ford Killed the Lincoln Town car is another losing matter. Continue reading

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Volkswagen Offers First Look at Mobile Charging Station

The mobile charging station works like a power bank does with smartphones, but for electric vehicles instead. The charging capacity of up to 360 kWh enables up to 15 e-vehicles, including members of Volkswagen’s new ID line to be charged in stand-alone operation. Continue reading

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Autonomous Vehicles – OmniVision is Watching with High-Speed Global Shutter Image Sensors

Semi-autonomous vehicles use DSM to track the driver’s eye gaze and allow the vehicle to take control when the driver becomes drowsy or distracted. DSM is currently available in high-end cars, but over the next few years, the tracking will likely migrate into mainstream vehicles, a market segment that is much more cost-sensitive. Continue reading

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US Insurance Industry Group to Test Emergency Braking. Does the Driver Assist Technology Really Protect Pedestrians?

The pedestrian autobrake test is the fourth crash avoidance evaluation in the Institute’s group of safety tests, along with ratings of front crash prevention, rear crash prevention and headlights. Lurking in the background is the promise and threat of autonomous vehicles. Continue reading

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Stefan Juraschek on BMW Electric Car Development

We currently produce the following electrified models: the BMW i3 (third model evolution with 120 Ah) , BMW i3s, BMW i8 Coupe, BMW i8 Roadster, BMW 740e, BMW 740Le, BMW 530e, BMW 225xe Active Tourer, MINI Cooper S E Countryman ALL4 and, in China, the BMW X1 xDrive25Le. Continue reading

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Hyundai Motor Claims World’s First Smart Fingerprint Technology. Big Convenience or Electronic Big Brother?

To unlock the vehicle, the driver places a finger on the sensor located on the door handle. The encrypted fingerprint information will be identified and delivered to the fingerprint controller inside the vehicle. The driver can also easily start the vehicle by touching the ignition that is also equipped with a fingerprint scanning sensor. Continue reading

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NYSE Suspends Trading in Link Motion. Delisting Next Step

Chinese-based Link Motion offerings includes enabling technology and secure connected carputers for car businesses, consumer ride sharing services, as well as legacy mobile security, productivity and other related applications. Continue reading

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First Fully-Electric Freightliner eM2 to Penske Truck Leasing

Penske Truck Leasing is going to operate the electric truck in local distribution traffic in the Northwest Pacific and in California. During 2019, Penske Truck Leasing Corporation will receive in total 20 fully-electric Freightliner trucks: ten medium-duty eM2 and ten eCascadia for heavy-duty transportation. In total the Freightliner’s test fleet will include 30 vehicles. Continue reading

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Fires! Ford Recalls 874,000 F-150 and Super Duty Trucks

Ford says that the safety defect only exists while the vehicle is parked, and the block heater cable is plugged into an electrical outlet. This, of course, is the sole purpose of a block heater. Continue reading

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Black versus White Hat Cyber Attacks on Your Vehicle

While White hat attacks may uncover significant vulnerabilities that should be calls for action, research-based attacks do not have malicious intent, according to Upstream Security. White hat attacks can cause financial damage or problems for a brand. However, it’s claimed by those doing them for sales purposes, that for many companies, the warnings they receive from researchers or even technologically capable consumers are helpful to their security optimization and improvement. Continue reading

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Korean Made 2019 Hyundai Kona starts at $37,495

Kona Electric rides on an all-new CUV platform. It is Hyundai’s first compact electric crossover for the U.S. market, appealing to consumers with – marketing babble alert – “active, eco-focused lifestyles of all kinds.” Continue reading

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