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Marketing

World’s Top Auto Brands Defend Their Rankings

Brands are forever jockeying for superiority over their rivals.

Autonomous Vehicles

Boeing Joint Venture to Test Autonomous Air Taxis

New Zealand program promises to be a world first for tests involving consumers 

Mobility

TomTom Integrates Map Tech with ADAS

Benefits include improved fuel efficiency, pinpointing road hazards

Design

Waymo Adds AI Testing Smarts

The company’s acquisition of U.K.-based Latent Logic aims to make self-driving cars act more like human drivers. 

Mobility

A New Waze Around Snow

The popular crowdsourced navigation tool now can be used to avoid unplowed snow-covered roads.

Business

Reinventing the Car-Buying Process

Cadillac Live lets car buyers interact remotely with product specialists, without having to visit a dealership. 

Autonomous Vehicles

Waymo Joins Apple App Store

Waymo has made its autonomous ride-hailing app for robotic taxis available for download via Apple Inc.’s App Store.

Hybrid

Volvo EV Gets Advanced Connectivity Features

The electric variant of Volvo's XC40 compact crossover vehicle will use Google's latest Android Automotive platform and be capable of over-the-air software updates.

Toyota C-HR Crossover Gets Mid-Cycle Update

Toyota Motor Corp. is giving its C-HR compact crossover a mid-cycle makeover for the 2020-model year, including revised styling and added features.

Business

Frankfurt Auto Show Attendance Plunges 31%

Attendance at the just-ended Frankfurt auto show—considered one of the world’s premier events of its kind—plummeted 31% to 560,000 people, according to trade group VDA.

Interiors & Electronics

VW to Adopt Common Electronics Architecture

Volkswagen Group tells Ars Technica it will eventually reduce the number of electronics architectures used across its various brands from eight today to a single platform.

Connectivity

GM Infotainment Gets Enhanced Google Power

General Motors Co. will begin using Google Inc.’s updated Android Automotive operating system in vehicle infotainment systems in 2021.

Production

Mopar Makes It Special

For those who are modifying an FCA vehicle, there is only one word they need to know: Mopar

Mobility

Camry Finally Gets Android Auto

Toyota Motor Corp. is adding the high-volume Camry sedan to its 2020-model lineup in the U.S. that are getting Google Inc.’s Android Auto smartphone connectivity system.

Autonomous Vehicles

DoorDash Buys Autonomous Tech Startup

Food delivery specialist DoorDash Inc. has acquired Scotty Labs, a Silicon Valley-based startup that’s developing technology for self-driving and remotely controlled vehicles.

Car/Ride Sharing

Former Google Marketing Exec Joins Uber

Uber Technologies Inc., which cut its marketing staff by one-third last month, has hired Thomas Ranese to head the ride-hailing company's downsized market and branding team.

Interiors & Electronics

BMW Charges Owners for Apple CarPlay Interface

Contrary to other carmakers, which offer Apple and Android smartphone interfaces for free, BMW AG is charging vehicle owners for Apple CarPlay.

Car/Ride Sharing

Waymo Robo-Taxies Test In-Car Wi-Fi

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo unit has begun offering free wi-fi to select riders who use its robo-taxi pilot program in Chandler, Ariz., Reuters reports.

Business

Boeing Partners with Air Taxi Startup

Aerospace giant Boeing Co. has formed a strategic partnership with Silicon Valley-based startup Kitty Hawk Corp. to commercialize air taxi applications.

Mobility

Waymo Teams with Renault-Nissan in France and Japan

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo unit has signed deals with alliance partners Renault SA and Nissan Motor Co. to explore driverless mobility services in France and Japan.

Mobility

Why Detroit Needs the Valley—and Vice Versa

Anyone can see the looming changes facing global automakers who are grappling with new technologies, stricter emissions standards, and apps that are turning car buyers into renters (or simply riders). Automobiles are increasingly becoming connected, electrified, and autonomous supercomputers on wheels.

Lexus RX Crossover Tweaks Styling, Adds Tech

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Lexus unit is giving its top-selling RX crossover vehicle a mid-cycle freshening for the 2020 model year.

Quality

Waymo Tests Autonomous Trucks in Arizona

Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo self-driving car unit is expanding testing of its autonomous heavy-duty trucks to Arizona.

Mobility

Aurora Buys Lidar Specialist Blackmore

Silicon Valley-based self-driving-car startup Aurora Innovation Inc. has acquired Blackmore Sensors and Analytics Inc., a Montana-based developer of lidar sensors.