Keith Naughton

Business, Technology, Autonomous

Toyota Warns That Some Rivals Are Skipping Steps in Race to Autonomy

Stefan Wermuth/Bloomberg News

As the global auto industry vies to deploy driverless cars, some contenders may be cutting corners in a bid to get ahead, warned Jack Hollis, group vice president of U.S. sales for the Toyota brand.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
March 28, 2018
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Where Rosie Once Riveted, Vehicles Will Now Drive Themselves

Mark Chaput, vice president of construction for the American Center for Mobility (ACM), points to future construction during a visit by Representative Debbie Dingell, a Democrat from Michigan, and Representative Bob Latta, a Republican from Ohio, not pict Sean Proctor/Bloomberg News

Self-driving cars will begin taking test laps this December on the site of a famous World War II airplane factory in Michigan where Rosie the Riveter helped produce a shiny B-24 Liberator bomber every hour more than seven decades ago.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
August 25, 2017
Business, Technology, Equipment, Safety, Autonomous

As Robots Take the Wheel, Driving Skills Begin to Hit the Skids

Self-Driving Truck Daimler AG

If your car can hit the brakes in an emergency and check your blind spots, will that make you a worse driver? Increasingly, automakers are worrying it may.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
August 10, 2017
Business, Technology, Autonomous

Billions Will Be Blown in Race to Field First Self-Driving Cars

Daimler David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

The race to field the first autonomous car will be a Darwinian exercise, with more than 50 major competitors reduced to a handful of winners over the next decade, according to a new study by consultant AlixPartners.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
July 12, 2017
Government, Business, Technology, Safety, Autonomous

Human Drivers Are Afraid to Hand the Wheel to Robots

Daimler AG

Autonomous autos are advancing so rapidly that companies such as Uber Technologies Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Waymo are beginning to offer robot rides to everyday consumers. But it turns out the traveling public may not be ready.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
June 15, 2017

Ford Fires Back at Trump, Citing Booming US Commercial-Truck Output

Ford Motor Co.

Ford Motor Co., pushing back against criticism by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for moving work to Mexico, is highlighting its booming business in big trucks after shifting production to an Ohio factory from south of the border.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
September 19, 2016
Business, Technology

Robot-Vehicle Ethics Need Urgent Societal Review, Bill Ford Says

Daimler Trucks

The great-grandson of Henry Ford called on the auto industry and public institutions to address ethical issues emerging in a world where robot vehicles will make life-and-death decisions in roadway crashes — and to do it soon.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
September 13, 2016

Ford Profit Beats Estimates as Buyers Pay Up for F-150 Truck

Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News

Ford Motor Co. posted a 44% surge in second-quarter profit, exceeding analysts' estimates thanks to consumers paying big money for fully loaded versions of the new aluminum-body150 pickup.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
July 28, 2015
Safety, Business

Atlanta: Dangerous Hot Spot of Twisting Highways

Nathan T. Baker/Flickr

It was almost midnight when Walter Price eased his 18-wheeler into the right lane on Interstate 75 near Atlanta. As he began to bank onto the exit ramp he’d been taking for the past 10 years, Price had no idea he was entering America’s most dangerous hot zone for truck drivers.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
March 30, 2015
Business, Autonomous

Ford CEO Predicts Driverless Cars on Roads in Five Years

Dieter Zetsche by David Paul Morris/Bloomberg News

Ford Motor Co. Chief Executive Officer Mark Fields said that an automaker probably will introduce a self-driving vehicle within half a decade, but it won’t be his company, which is focusing on less expensive features that assist in driving.

Keith Naughton | Bloomberg News
January 6, 2015