PACE AWARDS AT 25: Kicking it open just right

Brose's PACE Award-winning hands-free liftgate had to work properly when its sensors identified a proper kicking motion -- and ignore everything else.

Software giant SAP plots connected vehicle roles

A global software colossus wades deeper into the connected-car business.

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The plan behind Mobis' fake city

South Korean supplier Hyundai Mobis Co., determined to catch up on self-driving technology, invested $300 million to equip its new proving grounds with multiple test tracks, including an intelligent transportation system course and what it calls the world's longest tunnel-testing area.

Material prices hammer the industry

Automakers buy most of their steel in North America, but certain types — such as stainless and electrical steel — are imports subject to the 25 percent U.S. tariff.

Volvo, Nvidia expand autonomous driving collaboration

Volvo will use chipmaker Nvidia's high-powered Drive AGX Xavier technology to help make its next-generation cars capable of up to hands-free Level 4 autonomous driving. Volvo has said it will offer a Level 4 autonomous driving by 2021.

Honda deal vaults GM, Cruise forward

Honda has much to offer Cruise, the young startup backed by GM. Honda's move to invest billions in the self-driving tech company gives new credence to the San Francisco operation and intensifies its competition with Google's Waymo.

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