Google on top in autonomous-driving debate

Google's autonomous prototype has been one of the most talked-about car concepts (Photo: Google)

Google is the most influential¬†player in the public discussion about autonomous driving, according to a recent market survey. The survey, which was conducted by US market researchers Appinions, ranked Google number one, followed by chipmaker Intel, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz. Rankings 5 to 8 were taken up by Audi, Nissan, BMW and Volvo. Appinions said […]

Newspaper: Bosch insures against cybercrime


Robert Bosch has taken out a 100 million euro insurance policy to safeguard its operations against cybercrime, according to a report in the German newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung. The policy was issued by a consortium led by German insurer Allianz, according to the report. It also includes industrial insurance specialist Ace ad the Zurich Group. The […]

Infosys, Daimler in data-center partnership

Daimler's connected cars rely on information channeled through its data centers (Photo: Daimler)

Infosys will manage Daimler’s global data centers as part of a multi-year agreement between the Indian IT service provider and the German premium car group. Infosys said in a press release that the agreement covers data center and infrastructure services management, the provision of e-collaboration and middleware services as well as supervising database operations. The […]

Study: Dealers need IT upgrades

Dealers… (Photo: Renault)

Car dealers need to do more on the IT side to improve service and focus more clearly on the customer, according to a new study conducted by Germany’s Autohaus magazine and consultants NTT Data. Four out of every five experts questioned said that, although tablet PCs are gaining in importance in the dealership, only 18 […]

Ranking: Continental biggest automotive supplier


A new ranking of the world’s 100 biggest automotive suppliers surprisingly puts Germany’s Continental at the top of the list, above mainstays such as Robert Bosch and Denso. The ranking, published by Germany’s Automobil Produktion, looks at revenue – in dollars – generated directly by sales to the automotive industry and doesn’t consider a company […]

Tesla, Panasonic build US battery plant

The Tesla Model S electric sports sedan outsells traditional premium competitors in some markets (Photo: Tesla)

Tesla and Panasonic, seeking to lower costs for a core component of electric vehicles, will jointly build a large-scale battery plant in the US, the two companies said in a press statement. Tesla will prepare, provide and manage the land, buildings and utilities, while Panasonic will manufacture¬†cylindrical lithium-ion cells. The Japanese electronics group will also […]

automotiveIT Congress marks progress on road to connectivity

The congress featured a panel discussion on big data in the auto industry (Photo: Sylvia Steinbach)

LONDON — The auto industry is coming to grips with the broad implications of connectivity, but it will be a while before carmakers and drivers will start reaping the full benefits of new information technologies. In the meantime, ties between traditional carmakers and new automotive players will have to be strengthened; car retailing is in […]

Toyota’s fuel-cell car to cost around 7 million yen

The Toyota FCV will go on sale in early 2015 (Photo: Toyota)

Toyota unveiled the exterior design of its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and said the car will cost 7 million yen or roughly 50,000 euros when it goes on sale in Japan later this year. The sales price, which excludes consumption tax, is lower than the 1 million yen Toyota indicated earlier and officials said […]

VW implements Cross dealer management system

The Cross dealer management system helps integrate various operations (Photo: Cross)

Volkswagen has already installed its Cross dealer management system in 500 German dealerships and plans to add another 200 before the end of the year. By the end of 2015, VW hopes to have installed Cross in 1,000 dealerships throughout the country. The German carmaker said Cross, which was developed by VW Group brand Porsche, […]

Android alliance gets traction as brands join, plans are unveiled

Kia says the Soul is one of the first models to feature Android Auto (Photo: Kia)

With Volkswagen and Volvo Cars the latest auto¬†brands to join the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), the Google initiative to boost the use of Android devices in cars is making headway. But carmakers ¬†stressed that they will be working closely with Apple as well to make sure devices running on¬†both operating systems can be seamlessly connected. […]