James M. Amend

James
M. Amend
Associate Editor,
WardsAuto

James covers General Motors and environmental and safety issues.

Articles
As Hype Peaks, Fears of AI Winter Emerge 
Much of the hype can be traced to bold, public promises from automakers such as Tesla and General Motors to field self-driving cars under aggressive timelines.
Teamwork Foundation for Future AV Regs 
Balance is necessary, says Nat Beuse of Uber Technologies, because federal standards must exist alongside local rules, and flexibility is needed because the technology remains in its infancy.
Face It, Folks, You’re a Data Company Now 

AUSTIN, TX – Data is king these days, and automotive companies banking on a future underpinned by diverse and personalized mobility options should be loyal subjects, experts say.

“Every company out there has to be a data company,” says Raj Amin, managing director-Mobility Ventures at Avis Budget Group. “We’re all data companies now, whether we like it or not.

Volvo Moves to Share Safety Data, Curb Bad Behavior 

Leveraging 40 years of safety research, Volvo plans to make its extensive crash-research data available to the industry and will roll out a series of new technologies aimed at reducing death and serious injuries to women while also targeting distracted driving, speeding and driving while intoxicated.

IBM Releases New Auto AI, Lights Up Black Box 
The new AI from IBM is combined with IBM Watson IoT, a digital assistant that leverages IBM’s powerful cloud computing to connect and manage data from devices such as a car, a piece of industrial equipment or an entire manufacturing facility.
2019 Chevy Silverado Tailor Fit, Chief Engineer Says 
With the big V-8s comprising the volume of Silverado sales and tightening fuel economy and carbon-dioxide emissions rules, the automaker likely will have to make greater fuel efficiency gains in the future.
CASE Driving Future Mobility, Consumer Trust Emerging Issue 
The changing customer is just one driver behind CASE, all-encompassing acronym for the four big changes awaiting the industry with future mobility.
Integrated Connectivity Critical to Future Mobility 
Industry consultant Manuela Papadopol suggests the industry gain a keener understanding of mesh networking, where nodes along a wireless network, such as cars and infrastructure and devices, connect to exchange data.
GM’s Fuel Cell Tech Gets Off the Ground, Literally 
The only exhaust from a fuel cell is low-grade heat, which has uses onboard the aircraft, and water that could be used several ways, including humidification and even flushing toilets.
Ford Sales Slip But Automaker Can’t Complain
The automaker delivered 235,429 light vehicles last month over 26 selling days, according to Wards Intelligence data, compared with 235,508 in the same period last year with 25 days to move the metal.
$3.35 Billion Infusion Catapults GM’s AV Work Forward 
SoftBank Vision Fund will invest $2.25 billion in GM Cruise, along with a $1.1 billion capital infusion from the automaker itself to mark the largest investments to date in self-driving cars.
GM: Design Studios Must Diversify for Future Mobility 
“As the world of an interior designer becomes less and less traditional, we need diverse thinking in this area and that will only come from a more diverse talent pool,” says Sharon Gauci, the automaker's industrial design chief.
Bosch Business Humming Amid Trade Talk Uncertainty
“China is an important part of an intricate, global supply chain,” Bosch USA President Michael Mansuetti says. “Tariffs will be a hurdle. Lower tariffs are always better. There is a lot of uncertainty.”
For Love of Cars Comes ’19 Volkswagen Jetta 1
The new Jetta may be slightly bigger, but it deftly navigates narrow streets choked with construction and the responsive turbo 4-cyl. enthusiastically tackles rolling hills, meandering state roads and wide-open interstates.
GM Drops New Turbo-4 Into Chevy Silverado 4
The redesigned Silverado will offer a 4-cyl. engine with cylinder deactivation – unimaginable in fullsize pickups not long ago – while V-8s also will benefit from a sophisticated new cylinder-deactivation technology.
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