William Diem

William
Diem
Correspondent,
WardsAuto

Based in France, Diem covers the European market.

Articles
Chattanooga Plant to Serve as Benchmark for Upcoming VW Factories
The U.S. factory captures rainwater to cool equipment and flush toilets. It is surrounded by buffalo grass, which doesn’t need watering, and ponds developed during construction are retained for their environmental benefits. Outdoor LEDs light the night.
Traffic on Road to Automated Driving May Be Heavy 2
A consumer survey shows traditional auto makers are the overall preferred developers of autonomous vehicles, but younger respondents choose high-tech companies.
Lots to Like About Automated Cars, But Hurdles Ahead
“If driver error isn’t there, lanes become narrower, merge distances become shorter, curves are more compact, because the (automated) cars know how to drive them,” says the director of MDOT.
EPA to Fortify Certification Oversight in Wake of Mileage Controversies 1
Auto makers are investing a lot in fuel-efficiency technologies, “and we want to make sure we are doing our job,” a top agency official says.
Ford Bulking Up Purchasing Staff to Maintain Quality as Volumes Rise
Ford’s addition of 400,000 units of vehicle-production capacity in 2012 and 200,000 more this year has strained the supply base, purchasing chief Birgit Behrendt says.
Cisco Seeks to Set Standard for Connected Cars
The idea is for the car to have its own IP address and to communicate to the cloud using improved cellphone technology. But it also would use Wi-Fi whenever available.
JLR Focuses on Lightweighting to Meet Mileage Goals
The goal for 2030 is to reduce the weight of its SUVs from 4,400 lbs. to 3,300 lbs. and that of its large sedans from 3,300 lbs. to 2,200 lbs.
Clemson Students Show ‘Next Big Thing’ Concept Car at MBS
BMW is the sponsor of next year’s project, a derivative of the X3 that will be displayed at SEMA. GM is next in line, with students working on a small urban car that Gen Z (those born in the 1990s) would want in 2020.
Camera Technology Monitors Where Driver is Looking 1
By remembering the contours of the driver’s face, the camera-based system could adjust the car’s seats, lighting and preferences for adaptive-cruise-control settings.
Experts Share Visions of Autonomous Vehicles’ Future 
A panel of experts says the automation of both steering and adaptive cruise control is being achieved in cars such as the Mercedes S-Class. Fully autonomous urban cars could arrive as early as 2017 and as late as 2030.
JLR Business Gives Growing IAC Piece of Premium-Car Sector
At the supplier’s Halewood operations, production has gone from one shift with 80 workers in 2008 to three shifts and 500 employees, thanks in large part to hot sales of the Range Rover Evoque.
Valeo: Autonomous Vehicles to Keep Close Watch on Driver 
Future self-piloting cars will have to know whether the driver is ready – and in condition – to take back control, the French supplier says.
French Car Sales Slide 9.0% in June, Down 11.3% for First Half 
To end the year down 8% after the double-digit first-half loss, French consumers will need to buy 817,000 cars in the second half for an H2 decline of about 4%, compared with like-2012.
Ford to Teach Young Europeans Safe-Driving Skills
While young drivers make up 9% of the European population, those aged 18-24 account for 20% of the highway fatalities in the region. Some 76,000 people were killed on roadways between 2000 and 2009.
Auto Makers Mull Prospects of Fewer Cars in Future 
“There is a shift from car ownership to transportation services, integrated mobility, car-sharing, car-pooling and car-Web integration,” says advisor Peter Fuss of the Ernst & Young consultancy.
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