Autonomous drive gets closer -- meaning what?
Carmakers got more specific about timing for self-driving vehicles as they discussed their plans this month at CES in Las Vegas and the Detroit auto show. Most forecasts of showroom-ready, fully autonomous vehicles now fall within a five-year range, but there are varying definitions to sort through.
What was cool at CES
The trade show formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show is arguably one of the most important auto shows of the year, with suppliers and automakers convening in this city of glitz to show off their most forward-thinking ideas.
CES showcases auto suppliers and startups
CES has become the show where startups and suppliers come to convince the world -- and the rest of the auto industry -- that they are on the cutting edge.
Ford system lets phone handle the navigating
With declining interest in automaker-installed navigation systems, Ford Motor Co. has opted to let drivers use the technology most have been using all along: their own phones.
Faraday will take your money now
Faraday Future ended a spotty car reveal last week asking for $5,000 deposits on a vehicle with no announced price or release date.
Mercedes-Benz preps vehicle powered by artificial intelligence
Mercedes-Benz plans to introduce a production car powered by artificial intelligence in the next year as part of a collaboration with chip-maker NVIDIA.
Smart windshields seen as the new ad billboard inside a car
The next frontier in digital advertising may be the windshield. Automakers, technology companies and glass manufacturers are teaming up to turn the display that graces the front of an iPhone into the windshield of a car -- one that can show ads, directions and vehicle information to the person behind the wheel.
Microsoft drives car software push with Renault-Nissan deal
Microsoft is rebooting its push to sell car software in a bid to keep up with Google and Apple. The Renault-Nissan alliance will be the first customer for Microsoft's Connected Vehicle Platform, which provides carmakers with a set of services built on Microsoft's Azure cloud.
Nissan lays out plans for electrified, fatality-free future
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn has big plans for an electrified and automated future. At a Thursday keynote address at CES, Ghosn listed an array of efforts the company is making to move toward zero emissions and zero fatalities.
Audi plans to debut autonomous car in 2020
Audi wants put autonomous cars on the road in less than five years. The automaker said in a joint event with artificial intelligence company Nvidia at CES that it plans to introduce a Level 4 autonomous vehicle in 2020. Such a vehicle would require no human intervention in limited situations.
Toyota, skeptical about self-driving hype, plans to let humans stay in control
Toyota plans to spend years designing cars in which humans retain a large measure of control, since the goal of turning all driving decisions over to computers seems too dangerous for now.
Ford's updated Sync taps into drivers' phones
Now drivers can project their smartphone maps onto the car infotainment screen, potentially reducing distracted driving risk.
Panasonic teams with Google, Qualcomm on infotainment
Panasonic's concept anticipates demand for a more flexible system, and is based on the latest version of Android and Qualcomm's Snapdragon chip.
Toyota's cute Concept-i wants to be your friend
The intelligent assistant uses artificial intelligence to build a 'driver-vehicle relationship,' the automaker said.
Snarling traffic, gridlock at CES belies mobility promises
Irony abounds at the biggest conference in Las Vegas, where the people promising a shining mobility future sit in traffic and gridlock trying to get around town.
BMW, Intel, Mobileye to test 40 driverless cars later in 2017
BMW's alliance with Intel and Mobileye aims to put a fleet of around 40 self-driving test vehicles on the road in the second half of this year, the companies said.
Ford, Toyota form telematics alliance with other automakers, suppliers to stymie Google, Apple
Ford and Toyota have formed a consortium with automakers including PSA and Mazda to speed development of auto-industry standards for in-vehicle apps, a step toward preventing Apple and Google from controlling how drivers connect smartphones to their cars and trucks.