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Sep 13, 2014

Cars that drive themselves starting to chat with each other

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.

Sep 8, 2014

Carmakers must respect drivers who are leery of new tech features: Bill Ford

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.

Sep 8, 2014
Sep 8, 2014
Sep 7, 2014

GM to offer connected car, automated driving technology in 2016

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.

Sep 3, 2014
Sep 3, 2014

Heavy discounts, low gas prices drive strong U.S. car sales

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.

Sep 3, 2014

U.S. auto sales strong, led by Ford, Chrysler, Nissan

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.

Aug 13, 2014
Aug 13, 2014

Falling U.S. used-car prices will drive up new-car incentives

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.

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      "Ben Klayman is based in Detroit and in April was named leader of the global automotive team for Reuters. Previously, Ben covered the business of sports as well as consumer and retail for three years and led the manufacturing/housing team for four years. He also covered the telecommunications sector for three years. He joined Reuters in Detroit in 1998 to cover autos. Prior to joining Reuters, he worked at a series of daily newspapers in Ohio and Maryland. Ben graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 1989 with a bachelor's degree in English literature."
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