automotiveIT Congress: CIO says VW needs 2 kinds of IT

VW's Hofmann (Photo: Claus Dick)

Volkswagen is on its way to become the world’s largest automaker with more than¬†10 million vehicles sold in 2014. And of course, the executives in Wolfsburg are keen on staying at the forefront of information technology revolution as well. Volkswagen CIO Martin Hofmann underlined this¬†ambition in his speech at¬†the automotiveIT Congress 2015 in Hanover. The […]

3DEXCITE Live! – Munich

New applications of 3D visualization technologies are demonstrated at the annual show (Photo: Arjen Bongard

Dassault Systemes’ 3D Excite unit will host its annual 3d visualization gathering in Munich May 21 and 22. The fair, which is called¬†3DEXCITE¬†Live!,¬†shows the latest trends in software and high-end computer generated imagery for industrial applications. The event marks a continuation of the 3D fair organized each year by RTT. The Munich-based digital imagery specialist […]

Shanghai auto show

The Shanghai show alternates with Beijing (Photo: Shanghai auto show)

The Shanghai auto show takes place this April as car sales in China continue to outpace other major markets. The event, which alternates with the Beijing auto show every other year, opens with two press days April 20 and 21 and runs through April 29. Underscoring the growth of the Chinese car market, this year’s […]

McKinsey urges preparation for future with autonomous driving

Daimler showed its vision of autonomous driving at the CES in Las Vegas (Photo: Daimler)

The arrival of autonomous vehicles will fundamentally change the automotive industry and car drivers, automotive companies and other personal mobility players should start preparing today already, a new report from management consultants McKinsey says. “Although it will take a bit of time before we will see self-driving cars¬†in bigger volumes on the streets, automakers should […]

GM China vehicles to feature 4G telematics this year

(Photo: GM)

General Motors said a Cadillac brand model it will start selling this year in China will mark the beginning of its rollout of fast 4G telematics systems in the world’s biggest car market. The connectivity will be provided by China Mobile, the country’s largest wireless company The faster mobile communications will improve GM’s existing OnStar […]

Opel launches OnStar in Europe as free service in first year

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Opel joined the race to be the best connected car brand in Geneva Tuesday, when it announced that General Motors’ OnStar connectivity suite will be available on all of its models starting this year. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said OnStar will be rolled out in 13 European markets by the middle of 2015, with other […]

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 […]

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. […]

CeBIT, Hanover

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The annual CeBIT fair, which takes place March 16 through 20, will have a strong focus on the biggest trends shaping the digital economy. The event, which is billed as the leading trade fair for IT and the digital economy, will be officially opened on Sunday, March 15, by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Also speaking […]