DETROIT, Sept 13 (Reuters) – An Acura RLX sedan demonstrated
an unusual way to tow another car this week: the vehicles were
not physically attached. The second car drove itself, following
instructions beamed over by the first in a feat of technology
that indicates a new stage in automation is happening faster
than many expected.
Systems that enable vehicles to communicate with each other
have been developed in recent years in parallel with features
that enable cars to drive themselves. Manufacturers and
suppliers now are putting the two together in novel ways, with
broad implications for vehicle safety and convenience.
DETROIT (Reuters) – Ford Motor Co Executive Chairman Bill Ford said new technologies that allow cars to talk to each other and drive themselves may scare some people, so the industry will need to allow consumers to opt out of such features.
“A lot of this really cool technology … kind of freaks some people out,” he said on Monday at an “intelligent transportation” conference here.
DETROIT, Sept 7 (Reuters) – General Motors Co will
introduce in two years its first car that can communicate with
other vehicles to help avoid accidents and ease traffic
congestion, Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Sunday.
In the same time frame, GM also will introduce more advanced
technology allowing hands-free driving in some cases, she said.
DETROIT, Sept 3 (Reuters) – U.S. August auto sales were
unexpectedly strong, thanks in part to heavy discounting by the
manufacturers, with the industry selling at an annualized pace
not seen since early 2006.
General Motors Co narrowly missed expectations, but
held on to the top spot, while Toyota Motor Corp edged
Ford Motor Co for the second straight month.
DETROIT (Reuters) – U.S. August auto sales were unexpectedly strong, led by Ford Motor Co (F.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), Chrysler Group and Nissan Motor Co (7201.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which easily beat analysts’ estimates as the industry is seen reaching volumes not seen since before the recession.
Ford sales were up 0.4 percent, while Chrysler, a unit of Fiat SpA (FIA.MI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), showed a 20 percent gain, the automakers reported on Wednesday. Nissan was up 11.5 percent. Analysts looked for gains of 11.8 percent for Chrysler and 2.8 percent for Nissan, and a decline of 1.9 percent for Ford.
DETROIT (Reuters) – The U.S. auto industry will have to offer more discounts to maintain demand as prices for used cars decline.
With auto sales recovering from their recession-era slump, the industry’s supply of used cars has started to rise again, driving down prices.