Car electronics

Toyota positions Prius Prime as a value play – Automotive News (subscription) (blog)

Sunday, October 09, 2016

OJAI, Calif. — To fully understand the selling points of the new Prius Prime plug-in hybrid, pull out a calculator. With just 25 miles of electric-only range, the newest member of the Prius family isn’t going to let you play EV enthusiast for very long. Its closest competitor on the market today, the Chevrolet Volt, has enough range to let your imagination run more than twice as far, 53 clicks…

Toyota’s pint-size travel buddy – Automotive News (subscription) (blog)

Saturday, October 08, 2016

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. has long tried to pitch its vehicles as “irreplaceable companions.” But in this age of artificial intelligence, the company is taking the man-machine relationship to a new level. Enter Toyota’s newest companion: the palm-sized Kirobo Mini robot. The 4-inch-tall black-and-white talking cherub, complete with cutesy yellow eyes, red boots and a Toyota logo emblazoned on its chest, takes its name from the Japanese words for…

Auto review: An impressive debut for Mirai – Post-Bulletin

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Unlike other electric motor cars, the Mirai refuels fast. You pull into a hydrogen filling station, just as you would a gasoline car, and pump and you are back to a full tank of fuel in about five minutes.

After 91 years, Ford’s Australian car production ends – Fox News

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Ford Motor Co. ended 91 years of car manufacturing in Australia on Friday, with the remaining two Australian car makers due to close their doors next year. Ford Australia said it built the world’s last six-cylinder, rear-wheel drive Falcon XR6 at its Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne and 600 employees lost their jobs. About 3.5 million Falcons, once Australians’ most popular car, have been built since 1960, although few…

Should GM and Ford Investors Worry About Declining Auto Sales? – Motley Fool

Saturday, October 08, 2016

The U.S. auto industry posted another year-over-year sales decline last month. Total industry sales slipped 0.5% to 1.44 million units. That translates to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 17.76 million vehicles, according to Autodata. Not surprisingly, General Motors (NYSE:GM) and Ford Motor (NYSE:F) both reported that sales were lower year over year in September. However, the sales pace remains red-hot by historical standards. Moreover, despite an uptick in incentives,…

Toyota plays on emotions with tiny ‘useless’ robot – Tribune-Review

Saturday, October 08, 2016

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Elevated status: Google declared king by fiat – Macworld

Saturday, October 08, 2016

It’s time to wake up and smell the coffee, Apple fans, Google is the new hotness. How can we tell? Well, they announced some new products, that’s how. Oh, sure, pedants might suggest maybe they should actually sell some of them first but, no, it’s all over but the shouting. Writing for Inc., Justin Bariso declares “It’s Official: Google Is the New Apple.” Well, if it’s official then that’s that….

After 91 years, Ford’s Australian car production ends – Fox News

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Ford Motor Co. ended 91 years of car manufacturing in Australia on Friday, with the remaining two Australian car makers due to close their doors next year. Ford Australia said it built the world’s last six-cylinder, rear-wheel drive Falcon XR6 at its Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne and 600 employees lost their jobs. About 3.5 million Falcons, once Australians’ most popular car, have been built since 1960, although few…

After 91 years, Ford’s Australian car production ends – Fox News

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Ford Motor Co. ended 91 years of car manufacturing in Australia on Friday, with the remaining two Australian car makers due to close their doors next year. Ford Australia said it built the world’s last six-cylinder, rear-wheel drive Falcon XR6 at its Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne and 600 employees lost their jobs. About 3.5 million Falcons, once Australians’ most popular car, have been built since 1960, although few…

Toyota’s pint-size travel buddy – Automotive News (subscription) (blog)

Saturday, October 08, 2016

TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corp. has long tried to pitch its vehicles as “irreplaceable companions.” But in this age of artificial intelligence, the company is taking the man-machine relationship to a new level. Enter Toyota’s newest companion: the palm-sized Kirobo Mini robot. The 4-inch-tall black-and-white talking cherub, complete with cutesy yellow eyes, red boots and a Toyota logo emblazoned on its chest, takes its name from the Japanese words for…

After 91 years, Ford’s Australian car production ends – Fox News

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Ford Motor Co. ended 91 years of car manufacturing in Australia on Friday, with the remaining two Australian car makers due to close their doors next year. Ford Australia said it built the world’s last six-cylinder, rear-wheel drive Falcon XR6 at its Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne and 600 employees lost their jobs. About 3.5 million Falcons, once Australians’ most popular car, have been built since 1960, although few…

After 91 years, Ford’s Australian car production ends – Fox News

Friday, October 07, 2016

Ford Motor Co. ended 91 years of car manufacturing in Australia on Friday, with the remaining two Australian car makers due to close their doors next year. Ford Australia said it built the world’s last six-cylinder, rear-wheel drive Falcon XR6 at its Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne and 600 employees lost their jobs. About 3.5 million Falcons, once Australians’ most popular car, have been built since 1960, although few…

Toyota, BMW sharing data with startup to improve autonomous driving – CNET

Friday, October 07, 2016

The pair will license Nauto’s tech, which uses aggregated data to improve self-driving car systems.

After 91 years, Ford’s Australian car production ends – Fox News

Friday, October 07, 2016

Ford Motor Co. ended 91 years of car manufacturing in Australia on Friday, with the remaining two Australian car makers due to close their doors next year. Ford Australia said it built the world’s last six-cylinder, rear-wheel drive Falcon XR6 at its Broadmeadows plant in Melbourne and 600 employees lost their jobs. About 3.5 million Falcons, once Australians’ most popular car, have been built since 1960, although few…

Brock Yates, Car and Driver editor and Cannonball Run founder, dies at 82 – Automotive News (subscription) (blog)

Friday, October 07, 2016

UPDATED: 10/6/16 11:59 am ET – corrected Editor’s note: This version of the story corrects the attribution of a quote about driving 170 mph to Dan Gurney.  Longtime Car and Driver editor Brock Yates, the creator of the popular Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash, died Wednesday from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 82. Yates began his career in automotive journalism when he joined Car and Driver in 1964…

Toyota, BMW, Allianz ink data-sharing deal with autonomous start-up Nauto – Reuters

Friday, October 07, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO Global automakers Toyota, BMW and insurer Allianz will license technology from Silicon Valley start-up Nauto, which uses cameras and artificial intelligence systems in cars to understand driver behavior, Nauto said on Friday. Nauto Chief Executive Stefan Heck told Reuters the carmakers and insurer will integrate the technology into their test vehicles and use the aggregate and anonymized data – whether on driving habits, difficult intersections, or traffic congestion…

Here are six candidates the Diamondbacks have in mind for their GM opening – CBSSports.com

Friday, October 07, 2016

Earlier this week, the Arizona Diamondbacks parted ways with general manager Dave Stewart following a thoroughly disappointing 2016 season. The team spent big to acquire Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller in the offseason, and the result was a 69-93 record, sixth worst in baseball. Tony La Russa’s future as baseball operations head is said to be uncertain as well. The D-Backs are now looking for their fifth GM in the…