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Ford expands Alexa use, heating up auto personal assistant battle

LAS VEGAS Ford Motor Co is expanding the use of Amazon.com Inc's Alexa personal assistant in its vehicles to allow drivers to talk to their cars - demanding anything from a nearby cheeseburger to a weather forecast - marking a leap by the Detroit automaker to incorporate a technology initially targeted for home use.

Mercedes working on a range of EVs, E-Class self-driving upgrades

LAS VEGAS Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler AG is developing plans to produce a family of new battery-powered luxury vehicles, the automaker's research chief said.

Jan 07 2016

GM says will not use 'over-the-air' upgrades on safety systems

LAS VEGAS General Motors Co will not use 'over-the-air' upgrades, a way of remotely updating software on its vehicles, for safety-critical vehicle systems such as brakes, the automaker's product development chief said on Wednesday, signaling a different approach from electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc .

Jan 06 2016

Netflix goes global, reaches most countries except China

Netflix Inc's video-streaming service went live in more than 130 countries on Wednesday, covering almost the entire globe except China, in a huge global push by Chief Executive Reed Hastings to counter slowing growth in the United States.

Jan 06 2016

GM says will not use 'over-the-air' upgrades on safety systems

LAS VEGAS General Motors Co will not use 'over-the-air' upgrades, a way of remotely updating software on its vehicles, for safety-critical vehicle systems such as brakes, the automaker's product development chief said on Wednesday, signaling a different approach from electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc .

Jan 06 2016

Volkswagen brand chief confident of finding solution to U.S. diesel issues

The head of Volkswagen AG's top-selling brand said on Tuesday he is confident the German automaker will reach agreement with U.S regulators to bring nearly 500,000 diesel vehicles into compliance with U.S. emissions laws. | Video

Jan 06 2016

Nvidia says Volvo is first customer for new autonomous drive computer

LAS VEGAS Nvidia Corp. unveiled a new, lunchbox-size super-computer for self-driving cars and said Volvo Car Group will be the new device's first customer.

Jan 05 2016

Toyota's new R&D company hires technical team

Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp's research and development company, Toyota Research Institute (TRI), said it hired a team of scientists and engineers to help drive research into artificial intelligence and robots.

Jan 05 2016

Automakers, not Silicon Valley, lead in driverless car patents: study

LAS VEGAS Automakers, not technology companies, are in the driver’s seat in developing self-driving, “autonomous” cars, and Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp is best positioned to lead the way, according to a new report on patents for the fast-evolving technology.

Jan 05 2016

Ford will expand self-driving test car fleet to 30

LAS VEGAS Ford Motor Co said Tuesday it plans to triple to 30 the size of its fleet of self-driving test cars as part of an effort to accelerate autonomous vehicle development.

Jan 05 2016

Faraday unveils concept electric race car; can it catch Tesla?

LAS VEGAS Start-up electric car venture Faraday Future on Monday previewed a technology-heavy concept race car it hopes to develop into a range of connected vehicles that can challenge luxury rivals like Tesla and Audi in the growing global market for non-gasoline cars. | Video

Jan 05 2016