VW’s Winterkorn welcomes Apple’s, Google’s interest in car industry

Winterkorn, seen here testing a new manufacturing tool, is an engineer by training (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn said plans by consumer electronics companies to get more actively involved in the car industry may have a positive effect on car sales to a younger generation of consumers. “I highly welcome the interest of Apple, Google and others in the automobile,” Winterkorn said on the eve of the Geneva […]

NXP, Freescale in semiconductor mega-merger

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Netherlands-based NXP has agreed to acquire Freescale, creating a mixed signal semiconductor group with combined annual revenue of more than 10 billion dlrs. The two companies said in a press release that the combined group, which will have a leading position in automotive semiconductor products, will be able to, over time, generate annual savings of […]

Ghosn says driverless cars at least 10 years away

Ghosn sees regulatory and cyber-security obstacles for driverless driving (Photo: Bloomberg)

It will be at least 10 years before fully autonomous cars will be sold on world markets, Renault and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said Monday. “We’ll be going from more simple to more complex forms of autonomous driving,” Ghosn told Bloomberg television. “At the end of the journey we may end up with driverless cars, […]

Daimler still expects to join Google automotive alliance this year

Weber cites "intensive" discussion with Google over data privacy (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler expects to join Google’s¬†Open Automotive Alliance (OAA) this year, as discussions between the German premium car maker and the internet company over automotive data continue. “We will bring Google Auto into the car, ¬†but we are looking for an agreement that we can accept,” Daimler’s R&D boss, Thomas Weber, said in a recent interview. […]

MWC: BMW addresses in-car mobile reception problems

BMW says femtocell technology will reduce electro-magnetic radiation in the car (Photo: BMW)

BMW is addressing the problem of weak cellular reception in cars and is unveiling a “Vehicular Small Cell” research project at this week’s Mobile World Congress. The Munich-based premium car maker said it is working with specialist companies peiker acustic and Nash Technologies to reduce the signal-shielding effects that vehicle bodies can have on mobile […]

VW: Diess can take over as head of VW brand earlier

Diess (Photo: BMW)

BMW’s Herbert Diess will take over as head of the Volkswagen brand three months earlier than originally planned, following an agreement between Europe’s largest auto group and the Munich-based premium car maker. VW said Diess, formerly head of R&D at BMW, will take the helm at the VW brand July 1, rather than October¬†1, as […]

automotiveIT magazine: Visiting VW’s new data lab


Volkswagen recently opened a new data lab in the trendy Schwabing section of Munich. automotiveIT’s Hilmar Dunker paid a visit and discovered a research facility with a singular focus on implementing digital innovations across the VW Group. “We want to bring ¬†big data and advanced analytics into the company – and do it quickly,” said […]

automotiveIT magazine: Audi, BMW, Mercedes embrace digital

New technology is entering car showrooms (Photo: Audi)

Germany’s three premium brands are using digital technology to post higher sales, despite declining showroom traffic. In interviews with automotiveIT international, the sales and marketing chiefs of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz explained how their companies are catering to a new generation of car buyers, which does its research online and is looking for a physical […]

Apple will build 2 data centers in Europe

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Apple will build two data centers in Europe, spending 1.7 billion euros to construct and operate the facilities, which will be located in Ireland and Denmark. The US based consumer technology group said the centers will provide the European backend for online services that include the company’s iTunes store, its app store and various applications. […]

Report shows connected car data, privacy vulnerabilities

US Senator Markey is critical of connected-car data security and privacy (Picture: Continental)

A US report published this week shows how connected cars may be vulnerable to hackers.The paper, based on answers to questions by 16 major car manufacturers, highlights growing concerns that networking cars with the world around them poses potential security risks. “The responses from the automobile manufacturers show a vehicle fleet that has fully adopted […]