| Oct 26, 2013
| 10:00 AM
PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- A major global battery producer says the 5- to 8-percent fuel and emissions savings from start-stop batteries can be nearly doubled, approaching the savings associated with mild hybrid vehicles.
Johnson Controls has developed what...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 10:00 AM
PLYMOUTH, Mich. -- Car designers are looking to improve fuel economy by trimming vehicle weight. One solution may be a durable throwback: seats with springs.
Springs are moving into territory most recently occupied by dense polyurethane foam, which has...
| Sep 16, 2013
| 2:20 PM
A forward-looking seat track promises to give drivers a better handle on changing positions.
At the Frankfurt Auto Show this month, Johnson Controls is showing a curved track designed to raise height as the seat is moved toward the steering wheel. Its...
| Oct 24, 2012
| 9:25 AM
I have to sleep sometime, and when I do I miss something. The auto industry is always throwing curve balls at me, and I spend a lot of time keeping them all in the air as I try to be a one-stop car reporter. First, let's talk about the Presidential...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 11:45 AM
Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) doesn't want technology funded by American taxpayers to go to China and, guess what, I don't like the idea all that much, either — but don't have a better one.
If Fisker, which makes the plug-in hybrid Karma (or...
| Oct 29, 2012
Amy Francetic was at a child's birthday party in 2004 when she decided it was time to leave Silicon Valley.
"I was sitting there listening to 6-year-olds talk about IPOs and whose house was bigger and how much a wedding dress cost," she said.
| Jun 30, 2011
| 4:02 PM
Cook County officials on Thursday pulled the plug on a troubled $44 million effort that left faulty cameras in police cars.
A review of “Project Shield” by County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s team found an “ill-conceived,...
| Nov 5, 2010
| 2:15 PM
Leave the driving — to your car. General Motors' prototype EN-V (Electric Networked Vehicle) promises to let you do just that.
No place to park? The all-electric CityCar, developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, can help out by...
| Mar 31, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Say hello to MotherProof.com???s new long-term test vehicle, the 2012 Mazda5. This compact minivan will help shuffle along Kristin Varela???s family of five through their busy day-to-day lives. Five people sounds like a tall order for such a small...
| Jun 29, 2011
| 4:32 AM
Start-stop systems ??? a longtime integral attribute of hybrids and, in the past few years, something offered on luxury models from BMWs and Porches ??? are about to get a lot more popular, according to Johnson Controls, a major auto......
| Nov 9, 2011
| 4:26 PM
For those interested in working in sports and entertainment, two career fairs next week will provide an opportunity to pursue that ambition. Moving into their new home in Miami, the Marlins are looking to fill more than 2,000 positions. They......
| Jun 13, 2011
| 2:53 PM
Sherman Jerome Spiegel
August 20, 1936 – June 9, 2011
Mr. Spiegel was born in Lawrence, MA to Mark and Elizabeth (Libby) Spiegel. He graduated from Boston English High School in 1954 and received a BSME from University of Massachusetts at...