May 26, 2016

Fully automated vehicles excluded from tests on Japan's public roads

The first guidelines on public road tests of self-driving vehicles, released Thursday by the National Police Agency, exclude fully automated cars without a steering wheel or driver. The NPA’s recommendations say tests should be conducted with cars that have a driver behind the wheel ...

Takata taps asset management firm Lazard to help recall woes

May 26, 2016

Takata taps asset management firm Lazard to help recall woes

Money-losing Takata Corp. hired financial advisory and asset management firm Lazard on Thursday to help it tackle financial and other problems amid the company’s massive air bag recalls. Takata air bags can deploy with too much force, spewing shrapnel into the vehicle. They are ...

Apple explores charging stations for electric vehicles

May 26, 2016

Apple explores charging stations for electric vehicles

Apple Inc. is investigating how to charge electric cars, talking to charging station companies and hiring engineers with expertise in the area, according to people familiar with the matter and a review of LinkedIn profiles. For more than a year, Silicon Valley has been ...

May 20, 2016

Google patent glues pedestrians to self-driving cars

Google on Thursday had a fresh U.S. patent for a sticky coating that could be applied to self-driving cars so pedestrians stick instead of bouncing off when hit. The patent describes a layer of adhesive on a car’s hood, front bumper and possibly front ...

May 2, 2016

Mitsubishi Motors drags on Nissan as minicar sales fall 51%

Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s fuel economy testing fraud has hit its partner Nissan Motor Co. in domestic showrooms, with the latter automaker posting a steeper plunge in April minicar sales and overall market share. Nissan’s minicar deliveries tumbled 51 percent last month, as the nation’s ...

Mitsubishi Motors eyeing pay cut for 1,300 minivehicle workers

May 2, 2016

Mitsubishi Motors eyeing pay cut for 1,300 minivehicle workers

Mitsubishi Motors Corp. officials are in talks with its labor union on a plan to cut wages for some 1,300 employees in charge of minivehicle production at its key plant in Okayama Prefecture, according to sources familiar with the situation. Following revelations of data ...