Continental hires Google exec for new Silicon Valley unit

Former Google executive Oz will head Continental's new Silicon Valley unit(Photo: Continental

Continental is setting up a beachhead in Silicon Valley, in a move to make sure it is part of a growing automotive and IT community in California mapping out the future of personal transportation. The Hanover-based automotive supplier said it is putting together an international team of specialists who will focus on intelligent transportation systems […]

Strong growth seen for user-based insurance

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User-based insurance (UBI) is set to continue its strong growth and is on its way to become an essential part of the insurance industry’s offerings, according to a new report published by market researchers Aite Group. This will provide opportunities for specialist providers that can help the insurance industry build suitable products. “The combination of broader […]

IAA Commercial Vehicles – Hanover

The IAA features demonstrations of the latest trucking technologies (Photo: IAA)

The Hanover commercial vehicles fair (IAA) will take place September 23 through October 2. The show, which is held every other year, kicks off with two press days, Sept 23 and 24, before opening to the public Sept. 25. The fair will highlight the importance of road transportation for the European economy. At a press seminar […]

Handelsblatt Automotive Summit – Munich

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The Handelsblatt Automotive Summit, which features presentations by several German automaker CEOs, will be held in Munich October 30 and 31. Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn and Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche will be among the speakers, as will Opel CEO Thomas Neumann, Volvo Cars chief Hakan Samuelsson and Continental boss Elmar Degenhart. The annual conference, which is […]

Cisco: cyber-security threats require high-level attention

Cisco's mid-year report looks at the state of cyber security in the 1st half of 2014 (Photo: Cisco)

As companies look to defend themselves against high-profile digital threats, cyber criminals are exploiting other, less obvious weaknesses in companies’ IT landscape, according to a new report published by Cisco. A focus on well-publicized, high-profile vulnerabilities rather than on “high-impact, common and stealthy threats” increases the risk that cyber criminals will be successful using these […]

carIT Congress – Hanover

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The annual carIT Congress, organized by the automotiveIT Group, will take place September 30 at the Hanover fairgrounds during the IAA truck fair. The event, which has as its theme “Connected Car; the Future of Mobility,” will bring together around 500 decision makers from the automotive and IT industries. Speakers include Audi r&d chief Ulrich […]

Dreamforce – San Francisco

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff hosts the annual Dreamforce convention (Photo: Salesforce)

Salesforce.com will host its Dreamforce convention in San Francisco October 13 through 16. The annual gathering, which brings together more than 100,000 IT professionals and users of Salesforce software, is a forum for discussions about the latest IT trends, the role of technology in today’s world and a broad range of other issues. This year’s […]

Los Angeles auto show

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The Los Angeles auto show, which will start Nov. 18, will feature nearly 60 world and North American vehicle debuts, the organizers said. The annual event will, once again, kick off with a Connected Car Expo, which will be enhanced with a “Connected City Summit.” The connected-car event, which will take place for the second […]

Siemens receives green light for California e-highway test

Siemens e-highway concept uses overhead cables to power trucks (Photo: Siemens)

Siemens has received the green light from California authorities to test a so-called e-highway concept near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The German electrical and electronics conglomerate said it will fit a section of highway with overhead cables that can power specially equipped trucks the same way trams traditionally operate. Siemens is […]

Pelata to carmakers: Watch out for Google

Pelata addresses IT executives during a Salesforce convention in Paris June 26 (Photo: Salesforce)

MUNICH – Google may not be a direct competitor to established automakers yet, but the internet company’s drive to capture customer information is a threat to car brands. That’s the message Patrick Pelata, head of Salesforce.com’s automotive operations, is sending to the auto industry. “I think Google is competing with carmakers in the area of […]