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Toyota with Plethora of Patents Tops at 2016 R&D Awards

Toyota has been awarded more patents than any other automaker over the past 8 years. Continue reading

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Honda Has Sophisticated Language Analysis Technologies

Successful development of language software that doesn’t require precisely phrased commands has enormous potential in vehicles and other applications – think Siri squared or Asimo to the third power. Continue reading

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Planet M Buys Space at 2017 NAIAS

Planet M was launched in June 2016 as a collaborative branding effort to promote Michigan as the “epicenter of mobility.” The messaging pushes Michigan’s leadership in talent development, auto R&D and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) testing. Continue reading

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Toyota Moves on Connected Cars, R&D JVs, Takeovers

The latest developments come as Toyota is once again battling what is now a beleaguered, wounded Volkswagen Group for the world’s biggest car company title. The moves reflect a growing problem at all automobile companies. How do you pay for the cost of moving forward in a world with increasingly stringent safety and emissions regulations, web enabled cars, as well as the entire future of automobility and autonomous vehicles? Continue reading

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Magna Expending in Active Aerodynamics

A vehicle’s aerodynamic profile is a major contributor to its fuel economy, of course, which is inversely is proportional to CO2 emissions. Thus, the higher the fuel economy, the lower the production of CO2, a greenhouse gas. Expect to see many more active aerodynamics – deflectors, spoilers, wings, splitters in the near future – because they can increase fuel economy by 1% or more. Continue reading

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Porsche Opens Digital Lab to Explore IT Innovations

Car companies increasingly look like technology companies as the opening Porsche Digital Lab in Berlin shows. The Stuttgart-based automaker says it will be used to identify and test information technology solutions, in IT babble. Continue reading

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Mahle Powertrain to Expand in Michigan

The Mahle site has a four-wheel-drive chassis dynamometer, seven vehicle lifts, five powertrain test cells and a wiring-and-instrumentation laboratory. Continue reading

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Execs from Uber, Intel Speaking at SAE Convergence

SAE today announced that executives from Uber and Intel Corporation will provide their thoughts on the future of technology, and how personal mobility, the Internet of Things (IoT), and autonomous driving are “converging.” Continue reading

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ZF Takes Major Stake in Lidar Expert Ibeo

Lidar is a key technology for autonomous driving, object recognition and accident prevention. Continue reading

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Honda, Daido Steel Neodymium Magnet Has No Rare Earth Materials

The problem with the currently used version of the neodymium magnet is that China is by far the largest producer of rare earth elements, universally used in electric motors in EVs and hybrids. However, China is thought to be a politically unstable, unreliable supplier. This is certainly with regards to Japan, which has ongoing disputes with the Communist nation that is now also part of the U.S. presidential debate. Continue reading

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Mercedes Bends, Pulling E-Class Self-Driving Car Ads

Mercedes-Benz is pulling an advertisement for its 2017 E-Class vehicles called “The Future,” which touts automated features available in the 2017 E-Class as the next step toward a self-driving car. Continue reading

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Osram Buys Novità Technologies for its Auto LED Modules

Osram will acquire Novità Technologies, a U.S. manufacturer of automotive LED modules which are used in tail lights, fog lights and daytime running lights. Continue reading

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HAL Comes to Honda R&D through Softbank

This will, allegedly, allow Honda and SoftBank to “enable mobility products to use conversations with the driver,” together with other information obtained from sensors and cameras to “perceive the emotions of the driver and to engage in dialogue with the driver based on the vehicle’s own emotions.” Continue reading

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Mercedes-Benz, Toyota Execs to Start CAR MBS

Presidents from Mercedes-Benz U.S. and Toyota Motor Manufacturing will discuss their companies’ investments and strategies for bringing luxury vehicle production into U.S. manufacturing facilities, during the opening World Class Manufacturing session at CAR MBS on August 1.

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Toyota Claims Lead in Patents

Toyota is the only automaker listed among the top 20 on the IPO list. Other key innovators in the top 20 include Apple, Google, IBM and Microsoft. Continue reading

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