Ghosn says driverless cars at least 10 years away

Ghosn sees regulatory and cyber-security obstacles for driverless driving (Photo: Bloomberg)

It will be at least 10 years before fully autonomous cars will be sold on world markets, Renault and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said Monday. “We’ll be going from more simple to more complex forms of autonomous driving,” Ghosn told Bloomberg television. “At the end of the journey we may end up with driverless cars, […]

Former Renault executive Tavares to head PSA

Tavares succeed Patrick Pelata as COO of Renault in 2011 but left in 2013 (Photo;  Renault)

  Carlos Tavares will become CEO of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen sometime in 2014, the struggling French carmaker said late Monday. Tavares will join PSA’s management board on January 1 and will succeed Philippe Varin in the course of the year. PSA said the company had conducted an extensive search for a successor and had concluded that Tavares, […]

Nissan sets 2020 as target for range of autonomous vehicles

Nissan has already been testing autonomous vehicles in the US (Photo: Nissan)

Nissan said it will have available several “commercially viable” autonomous vehicles by 2020. Prices will be “realistic” and the company’s stated goal is  to have autonomous vehicles across its model range. It wants to achieve that in the course of two model generations. “I am committing to be ready to introduce a new ground-breaking technology, […]

Pelata sees need for automotive ethics leaders

Pelata says automakers are just beginning to introduce collaboration tools (Photo: Salesforce)

The car industry needs to address the privacy issues that are a necessary byproduct of automotive connectivity. But technology or more regulation won’t provide answers to the growing privacy questions, said Patrick Pelata, chief automotive officer of business software maker Salesforce. In an interview with automotiveIT, Pelata said privacy is so important that carmakers should […]

Better Place’s battery-switching model meets untimely end

A Renault Fluence Z.E. exits a Better Place battery switching station at Schiphol airport in the Netherlands (Photo: Better Place)

Better Place filed a motion to dissolve the company this weekend, having failed to build a commercially viable electric-vehicle battery switching infrastructure. The Israel-based company said that, despite several measures taken in recent months, it had not managed to raise additional funds needed to continue operations. Better Place also said it hadn’t succceeded in finding […]

Renault, Nissan open new advanced research center in Silicon Valley

The new r&d center will focus on autonomous driving (Photo: Nissan)

Renault and Nissan opened a new advanced research center that will specialize in autonomous driving and connected cars. The center, which is located in California’s Silicon Valley, will focus on three initial projects: the development of autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles that can tap into infrastructure and the internet, and research in the area of human […]

Daimler, Ford and Nissan plan fuel-cell vehicle by 2017

Daimler started leasing a Mercedes B-Class-based FCEV in 2010 (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler, Ford Motor and Nissan said they are planning to launch a mass-market fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) as early as 2017. The three automakers on Monday signed an agreement for the joint development of a fuel-cell system. The cooperation would speed up the introduction of the technology, significantly lower investment costs and help define global […]

Renault sells remaining stake in truck maker Volvo

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Renault is selling its remaining stake in AB Volvo and will use the proceeds to reduce debt and make investments both in France and internationally. The French carmaker said the 6.5 pc shareholding in the Swedish truck maker is being sold through a private placement in Sweden and elsewhere. The stake represents 17.2 pc of […]

CAR Symposium – Bochum

smart CEO Annette Winkler was one of the speakers at the 2012 CAR Symposium (Photo: CAR Symposium)

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche and his counterpart at Renault, Carlos Ghosn, will be two of the featured speakers at the 2013 CAR Symposium, which will take place in Bochum January 29 and 30, 2013. The CEOs will be joined by new Volvo Chief Hakan Samuelsson and by Elmar Degenhart, head of German automotive supplier Continental. […]

Renault adopts GT Nexus cloud platform for aftermarket parts


GT Nexus will provide a cloud-based supply chain platform to Renault, as the French automaker moves to improve its international spare parts and accessory business. The US-based business software specialist said Renault has been successfully testing the system’s ability to track spare parts exports from France to major markets such as Brazil, Saudi Arabia and […]