Articles by Ben Klayman and Paul Lienert

Profit-Driven Automakers Race to Next Level of Not Quite Self-Driving Cars

Autopilot, ProPilot, CoPilot: Automakers have many names for new systems that allow for hands-free driving, but no safety or performance standards to follow as they roll out the most significant changes to vehicle technology in a generation. Spurred by Tesla …

U.S. Automakers Revving Up Production, Stressing Covid Safety at Work and Home

Automakers are speeding up U.S. assembly lines to meet recovering demand, increasingly confident coronavirus safety protocols are working to prevent outbreaks in their plants but wary of the challenges workers face outside. Screening workers for COVID-19 using temperature scans and …

Michigan’s Gov. Whitmer Says Manufacturers Can Reopen on May 11

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer says the state’s factories can reopen on May 11, removing one of the last major obstacles to North American automakers bringing thousands of laid-off employees back to work amid the coronavirus pandemic. While reopening the manufacturing …

Takata Agrees to Recall 34 Million Cars for Air Bag Replacement

Japanese air bag manufacturer Takata Corp. is doubling a recall of potentially deadly air bags to nearly 34 million vehicles, making it the largest automotive recall in American history, U.S. safety regulators said on Tuesday. The recall involves passenger- and …

Google, Detroit Take Different Routes on Driverless Cars

In 2012, a small team of Google Inc. engineers and business staffers met with several of the world’s largest car makers to discuss partnerships to build self-driving cars. In one meeting, both sides were enthusiastic about the futuristic technology, yet …

GM CEO Barra Has Few Answers on What Went Wrong

General Motors Co CEO Mary Barra on Tuesday called her company’s slow response to faulty ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths “unacceptable,” but could not give U.S. lawmakers many answers as to what went wrong. After taking an …

Small Cars Are Big Losers in Safety Crash Tests

The auto industry continued its poor performance in an influential U.S. safety group’s new crash test as half of the small cars tested did not fare well. Six of the cars tested, most of which were 2013 models, were rated …

Toyota Claimants Not Part of $1.1 Billion Settlement Face Uphill Climb

Toyota Motor Corp. eliminated a huge obstacle with a U.S. settlement over unintended acceleration in its cars and trucks, leaving it to fight smaller cases that will be harder for plaintiffs to prove and less likely to damage the company’s …

Future Impact of Self-Driving Cars Would Be Big: Study

Consulting firm KPMG and the Center for Automotive Research in Michigan released a report this month about how close the industry is to rolling out self-driving cars. They see the first such vehicles hitting showrooms in 2019, with a more …

Driving Toward a Future Without Humans Behind the Wheel

It’s been more than half a century since some of the first concept cars boasting self-driving features were presented to the world and they’re still not on the roads. But many auto executives say the industry is on the cusp …