Executive Report: GM CIO confident of progress in IT overhaul

Randy Mott is a keynote speaker at the 2014 automotiveIT Congress (Photo: Larry A. Peplin)

  General Motors CIO Randy Mott is confident he’s making progress in his three-year drive to overhaul IT operations at North America’s largest automaker. In an interview with automotiveIT, Mott cited “a lot of blocking and tackling” he had to do in 2013, referring to the often unglamorous work handled by American football’s defense players […]

Ford’s new Focus features Sync 2 connectivity

The new Ford Focus is equipped with advanced driver-assistance functions (Photo: Ford)

Touting a new version of its Sync connectivity system, Ford unveiled a new Focus model at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona last week. The carmaker also introduced a range of new driver-assistance features, showing clearly that high-tech functions are part of the competitive landscape ¬†in both the premium and the volume segments. Next […]

Apple launches “CarPlay” for Mercedes, Ferrari, Volvo

Apple's CarPlay will be available for Mercedes, Ferrari and Volvo shortly (Photo: Apple)

Apple said a new iPhone connectivity suite will be available for Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo this week and for other brands at a later date. Apple said its “CarPlay” software can be operated through the car’s HMI or by using the company’s Siri voice control. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS product […]

automotiveIT Congress, Hanover

About 500 executives attended the 2013 Congress (Photo: Claus Dick)

The automotiveIT Congress will take place during the CeBIT high-tech fair in Hanover Thursday, March 13, with discussions set to focus on how IT is helping the auto industry adapt to new business realities. The one-day conference will feature a range of top speakers from the automotive and IT industries. Among them are Randy Mott, […]

CeBIT, Hanover


Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn will ¬†be one of the speakers at the opening of this year’s CeBIT high-tech fair in Hanover March 9. Winterkorn will join German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron as opening speakers at the annual event. Britain is CeBIT’s official partner country this year. CeBIT, Europe’s biggest IT […]

New Mercedes C-Class sheds 100 kilos, adds high-tech

The new Mercedes C-Class is 100 kilos lighter than its predecessor (Photo: Michelin)

DETROIT — Daimler unveiled the new Mercedes C-Class here, unwrapping a car that has shed 100 kilos of weight while adding a wealth of driver-assistance technologies, many of them imported directly from the bigger E- and S-Class models. The German premium carmaker took the wraps off the updated version of its best-selling model at the […]

AT&T to provide 4G to Audi A3 in US

(Photo: Audi)

LAS VEGAS – AT&T, capitalizing on its large mobile network, will provide ¬†4G LTE connectivity to Audi’s new A3 in the US. The telecommunications group, which made the announcement at the CES consumer electronics show here, will make the ¬†fast connections available to Audi drivers through a Mobile Share data plan option.That will let existing […]

CES: Audi wants to close gap between science fiction and reality

Audi's CES concept car (Photo: Audi)

LAS VEGAS –Audi reaffirmed its intentions Monday to be a driver of change as the global auto industry moves toward a new connected model. “If mobility used to be about connecting places and people, it is now about connecting the driver with the car, the car’s surroundings, the traffic infrastructure and all of the other […]

CES: Nvidia shows high-power automotive chip

Nvidia's Tegra K1 chip (Photo: Nvidia)

LAS VEGAS — Nvidia said its new K1 mobile processor will provide a decisive impulse for the trend toward autonomous driving. The US-based chipmaker said the its Tegra K1 chip is an automotive-grade version of the same GPU that powers several energy-efficient supercomputers already. Because of its efficiency, the Tegra K1 can handle large amounts […]

Ford appoints former Cadillac exec to run connected-car operations

Butler was for many years a senior Cadillac executive (Photo: GM)

Ford Motor has appointed Don Butler to develop its connected-car strategy, consolidating an area of growing automotive importance under one executive. Butler resigned as vice president global strategy at General Motors’ Cadillac division in the summer of 2013. Earlier in his career he served as vice president for telematics startup Inrix. “Not only does Don […]