Business News - part 4
BUSINESS June 4, 2015 | 1:37 PM
- Company says it is protecting the privacy of the drivers
- Advocacy group wants records released
- Other companies testing autonomous cars report one accident
Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder and head of its fleet of self-driving cars, told shareholders the company will not release accident reports involving its autonomous vehicles to protect the privacy of drivers.
Brin said the cars have been involved in a dozen accidents, including one recently where the car was rear-ended in traffic. He said releasing the reports would not reveal any new information.Read more »
BUSINESS June 3, 2015 | 2:53 PM
- System uses Ford subsidiary’s technology
- Toyota looking to enhance the driving experience
- System to compete against those developed by Google and Apple
Toyota Motor Co., the world’s largest automaker, is partnering with Ford Motor Co. and its subsidiary Livio to use Ford’s infotainment technology in Toyota vehicles.
The system, called SmartDeviceLink, is similar to Ford’s AppLink platform which is used in 5 million vehicles worldwide.Read more »
BUSINESS June 2, 2015 | 1:09 PM
- GM and Fiat U.S. did well
- Ford saw a slight decline
- Foreign automakers saw flat sales
Auto sales in the United States grew at the fastest pace in nearly a decade last month with most customers purchasing SUVS and light trucks.
Other reasons for the influx of sales include warm weather, easier access to credit, an improved economy and Memorial Day sales.Read more »
BUSINESS June 1, 2015 | 4:48 PM
- More than half of loans now longer than five years
- More drivers opting to lease
- Senator seeking support for auto-loan legislation
The average length of auto loans has increased in the U.S., to more than five years, according to credit reporting agency Experian’s report “State of the Automobile Finance Market”.
During the first quarter, the average length of a loan was 67 months for a new car and 62 months for used vehicles.Read more »
BUSINESS May 28, 2015 | 12:43 PM
- Wired car expected to be commonplace in near future
- Systems will not replace those built into vehicles
- Hyundai offering Android Auto for 20015 Sonata
General Motors is offering Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto on 14 Chevy 2016 models. The models represent half of Chevy’s sales, 2.4 million vehicles in 2014.
Both systems work by allowing drivers to access music, emails, maps and other apps on their smartphone’s via a vehicle’s center screen. Menus are simplified and buttons are large. They will connect to GM’s MyLink infotainment system.Read more »
BUSINESS May 27, 2015 | 12:25 PM
- Issue has caused four injuries
- Ford also recalling 19,500 Mustangs
- Production in China has slowed
Ford Motor Co. has recalled 423,000 vehicles in North America because of a problem with the power steering.
A glitch in the electrical systems causes the power steering to stop and the vehicle is then transferred to manual mode. When a vehicle is in manual mode, it is difficult to steer, which can lead to a crash.Read more »
BUSINESS May 26, 2015 | 12:34 PM
- Reduction comes before redesigned 2016 model debuts
- 2016 model available in two trim options
- Energy-efficient vehicle market in decline
General Motors Co. is lowering the price of the Chevy Volt by $1,175 in the U.S. for the 2016 model, reports the Detroit Free Press.
Production of the 2015 model will cease this month, allowing factories to retool before production of the 2016 model begins.Read more »
BUSINESS May 25, 2015 | 2:06 PM
- Automaker partners with two technology companies
- Chinese market for connected cars to grow
- Audi facing competition in its largest market by other luxury manufacturers
German luxury automaker Audi AG sees the Chinese new-car market, the company’s largest market, as a growth area for connected cars.
Connected cars use software and technology to allow users to link to smartphones and other devices.Read more »
BUSINESS May 21, 2015 | 12:48 PM
- Many people think they can use their phones safely
- Distracted driving causes 10% of fatal crashes
- AT&T to expand “It Can Wait” campaign
Research conducted by AT&T shows 70% of smartphone owners use their device while driving and 62% keep their phone within arm’s reach.
The majority of users were texting or reading emails while the rest were on the Internet, posting on social media, taking selfies, shooting videos or in a video chat. Twenty-seven percent believed they could engage in these activities safely.Read more »
BUSINESS May 20, 2015 | 1:48 PM
- Takata bends to safety regulators pressure and recalls 34 million vehicles
- Company has been fined $1.2 million to date
- Takata may find it difficult to raise more funds in the future
Japanese airbag manufacturer Takata Corp. has given into pressure and recalled airbags used in 34 million vehicles sold in the U.S. and admitted there is a glitch in the airbags’ propulsion systems.
There have been six deaths and 100 injuries, 10 serious, related to the glitch which causes airbags to deploy too forcefully, sending shrapnel into the passenger compartment. Takata said moisture seeping into inflators, which were improperly sealed, was to blame.Read more »