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Aspirations to place self-driving technology in the hands of ordinary vehicle owners had largely been relegated to the back burner. As automakers and technology companies better understood the enormity of that challenge in recent years, they’ve chosen to focus on simpler tasks in the shorter term, concentrating on building virtual drivers for niches such as
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CarMax has pushed the industry in new directions before. Its latest move could prompt others in the highly competitive used-car space to reconsider their return policies. The nation’s largest used-vehicle retailer last week said it was increasing the money-back guarantee on its vehicles to 30 days after purchase, more than quadruple the previous seven. At
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Here are some of the 2021 CES Innovation Awards for vehicle intelligence and transportation. IBM/Mayflower autonomous ship IBM provided artificial intelligence and computing technology for the Mayflower Autonomous Ship. It’s due to sail from Plymouth, England, to Plymouth, Mass., this spring. A “Best of Innovation” winner. Waymo 5th-Generation Driver Waymo rolled out its latest autonomous
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Toyota Motor Corp. thinks cars that can drive themselves should be able to clean themselves, too. The automaker filed a U.S. patent application for a system that would allow autonomous vehicles to sense when they’re dirty and drive to a car wash. The system determines when the vehicle has traveled on an unpaved road or
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Trade show organizers are swapping face-to-face interactions with computer screens as more high-profile events shift to the Internet because of restrictions on large gatherings intended to slow the spread of COVID-19. As planners of shows such as CES pivot away from handshakes and event swag during the pandemic, many are tasked with trying to re-create
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Land Rover sold a total of 6,931 Defenders in the U.S. in a span of seven years in the 1990s. With the Defender’s return to U.S. dealerships last year, the automaker managed to top that figure in less than seven months. Although Jaguar Land Rover’s 2020 sales results won’t be made public until sometime this
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Nielsen Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep-Ram is traversing largely uncharted digital terrain in an effort to boost website traffic and grow sales. The East Hanover, N.J., dealership has found some white space to build its brand and push new models on Pinterest, a platform on which users search for photos and videos and “pin” them on virtual boards displaying
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DETROIT — Sales of the Chevrolet Bolt doubled in the fourth quarter as General Motors ramped up promotional efforts for the only electric vehicle it currently sells in the U.S. in preparation for the wave of EVs it has coming. Chevrolet officials said an expansion into new markets, additional training and advertising, and increased dealer
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Let’s face it: Any good news in 2020 was welcome. It was a hard road. Yet stories emerged this year that highlighted extraordinary efforts companies throughout the industry took to support local communities. That should be no surprise. It’s emblematic of what happens in the auto industry; When the going gets tough, its people come
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In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a steady stream of driverless vehicle deployments, electric vehicle announcements and new-mobility startups revealing plans to go public. This shows that even with the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the push into new forms of mobility has continued, and in some respects it’s accelerating. So we’re accelerating
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Before last spring, Sellers Buick-GMC performed pickup and drop-off services only when requested by a customer — and it didn’t happen often. Employees would drive together in a dealership vehicle, retrieve a car for service and drive back separately to the dealership in Farmington Hills, Mich. Vehicle sales finalized in customer driveways weren’t very common,
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“If we see this continued level of uptake in electric vehicles, then we anticipate that sales of new EVs and plug-in hybrids will overtake diesel cars in 2021,” said Ian Plummer, commercial director of motoring website Auto Trader. “Then, pure EVs will overtake those of their internal combustion engine counterparts in 2026.”
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Between the last Detroit auto show, nearly two years ago, and the next one, scheduled for September 2021, the city’s convention center will have changed names twice. Cobo Hall, as it was known for its first 60 years, became the TCF Center last year, after TCF Bank bought the naming rights. Many in Detroit were
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This is, in fact, your grandfather’s driver’s education. The Gilmore Car Museum is offering lessons with its collection of Ford Model T’s. The three-hour class costs $125 and includes 3 miles of driving around the museum’s 90-acre site in southwest Michigan, along with a historian-guided tour. Students learn how to operate a Model T using
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The assumption of 2020 was that the year would be a washout when it came to automakers making big, new investments in assembly plants. Given the cataclysm of the coronavirus pandemic, the halt in industry production, the crash of the U.S. economy, the scramble for cash reserves, the new uncertainty over the health and safety
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LOS ANGELES — Kia Motors America has big plans for the coming new year, including five new or significantly redesigned vehicles as part of a yearslong product blitz. It also has a new COO and advertising lead to get those vehicles onto Americans’ driveways. In mid-December, the Korean automaker began preparations for the next phase
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CarMax’s long-stated goal has been to give customers the chance to transact when, where and how they want to — whether in the physical or digital realms or in both — a concept known as omnichannel retailing. The nation’s largest used-vehicle retailer has now transformed every aspect of its business to fulfill this goal, and
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Hindsight is 20/20, the old saying goes. At this point, I’m just glad to put 2020 in the past. It was an unusually grim trip around the sun. In recent years, it’s been frustrating to see persistently high numbers of traffic deaths in the U.S. — then a new virus comes along and kills about
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COVID-19 disrupted but didn’t cancel some of 2020’s biggest product debuts and tech advances, but we did detect one major shift — changes and updates seem to be coming faster inside, under the hood, even in the drivetrain, than outside. We’ve rounded up some of the year’s breakout hits, as well as a few misses.
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