carIT Congress: Daimler CIO’s personal agenda

Daimler's Gorriz (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — Daimler CIO Michael Gorriz provided some insight into his personal agenda Tuesday, when he told the annual carIT Congress here what the priorities for his department are. “Providing the best customer experience is at the center of all our activities,” he said, adding that, with the Mercedes me platform launched earlier this year, […]

carIT Congress: HP executive warns for energy crunch

HP's Bahns (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — A senior HP executive warned Tuesday that the internet of things, which includes cars as participating devices, may consume more energy than the world can muster. “In five years, there will be 30 billion devices networked in the internet of things,” said Oliver Bahns, director automotive at HP Enterprise Services. “The energy requirement […]

carIT Congress: BMW executive sees electric future

BMW's Frickenstein (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — BMW, which has a fleet of 2.5 million connected cars on the world’s roads, expects an automotive future with highly automated vehicles that are propelled by electric motors, Elmar Frickenstein, vice-president electrics/electronics at the German premium car brand, said Tuesday. Frickenstein said connectivity is already bringing a broad range of new functions to […]

carIT Congress: VDA president confident in German connected-car leadership

VDA President Wissmann... (photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — Germany is catching up in the area of connected cars and hopes in coming years to assume a leading position globally, the country’s automobile association (VDA) president, Matthiass Wissmann said at the annual carIT Congress here. But he warned that the industry’s leadership role can only be assured if it is as committed […]

carIT Congress: Audi’s Hackenberg vows to reduce complexity

Hackenberg... (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — Audi’s connected-car strategy is moving to the next level as more powerful processors make it easier for drivers to operate increasingly complex functions, said Ulrich Hackenberg, the brand’s head of technical development. In an address to the annual carIT Congress here, Hackenberg said Audi’s strategy is designed to deal with the three megatrends […]

Study: Automotive suppliers lack well-defined social media plan

Suppliers can benefit from greater use of social media (Photo: LinkedIn)

The world’s biggest automotive suppliers only rarely have a clear social-media strategy, according to a study conducted by German PR agency vibrio. They need one, says the agency, because supplier content is becoming ever more important for automakers. As the auto industry changes, new competitors enter the market and the car culture changes to a […]

Study finds national differences in HMI experience

Operating navigation systems continues to be a challenge for many drivers (Photo: BMW)

Drivers appreciate different functions in their in-car infotainment systems, depending on where they live, according to a new study. GfK, a German market researcher, found that drivers in Germany, Italy, Japan and the US consider entering a place of interest (POI) or finding a phone book contact difficult functions. These two operations rank first and […]

Porsche unveils movable “pop-up” store

Porsche's pop-up store will move to London and Shanghai at later dates (Photo: Porsche)

Porsche, attempting a new approach to attract younger customers, opened a temporary “pop-up” store in New York. The store, which will move to London and Shanghai at a later date, supplements existing marketing activities and aims to increase awarenss of the Porsche brand, the sports car maker said in a press release. “The new marketing […]

WSJ: Tesla CEO predicts autonomous driving in next decade

Musk is disappointed with industry-wide EV growth (Photo: Tesla)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk predicts the technology for fully autonomous driving will be ready in five or six years, but it will then several more years to address regulatory restrictions. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Musk said the electric premium car maker is working on its own autonomous driving technology. “Tesla is going […]

ZF takes over TRW

ZF will continue to be headquartered in Friedrichshafen. TRW will be a separate division (Photo: ZF)

Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen is taking over TRW Automotive to form a new global supplier group that, with combined annual revenue of around 30 billion euros and 138,000 employees, will be among the world’s 10 biggest automotive suppliers. The two companies have complementary strengths, with ZF occupying a leading position in driveline and chassis technologies and […]