CES: Ford wants to bring autonomous cars to mass market

Ford's Fields says connectivity is the key to finding workable transportation solutions (Photo: Ford Motor)

Ford Motor wants to bring autonomous cars to the mass market but isn’t in a hurry to be the first to sell a driverless vehicle. “Our priority is not in making marketing claims or being in a race for the first autonomous car on the road,” Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields said in a keynote address […]

GM CEO sees further industry growth in US car market

GM's Barra says she expects younger car buyers to help boost U.S. market growth (Photo: GM)

The US car market is set to continue its expansion this year, GM CEO Mary Barra told reporters, predicting light-vehicle sales of between 16.5 million and 17.0 million units in 2015. Barra cited a strengthening economy as the main reason for the optimism. If confirmed, the 2015 sales numbers would be in the neighborhood of […]

CES: Daimler shows self-driving luxury concept

Daimler's CES concept car features a variable seating system (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler unveiled a fully connected self-driving research vehicle at this year’s CES, showing how the German premium car group sees the future of personal mobility in an increasingly urbanized environment. “The single most important luxury goods of the 21st century are private space and time,” said Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche on the eve of the […]

Audi tests “piloted driving” over 550 miles

Audi's long-distance piloted-driving test started Sunday in Silicon Valley (Photo: Audi)

Audi is taking journalists on a 550 mile test of its “piloted driving” technology, demonstrating how much progress the industry is making in its efforts to let systems take over at least some of the driver’s activities. The German premium brand, part of the Volkswagen Group, has been pushing hard to make the move from […]

automotiveIT publishes book about car industry’s future

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MUNICH – Germany’s Media-Manufaktur has published a book that provides an in-depth look at how the world’s biggest car companies are preparing for an era of new mobility. The German business publisher, parent company of automotiveIT and automotiveIT international, said the new 88-page – English-language – book is titled “Automotive 4.0 – The Digital Revolution.” […]

Jaguar attempts to redefine the cockpit

JLR wants to boost safety by increasing visibility in the car (Photo: JLR)

Jaguar Land Rover, in a research project, is reimagining the cockpit to give drivers better visibility and, thereby, reduce the rate of traffic accidents. The UK-based premium car group unveiled what it called a “360 virtual urban windscreen,” which uses transparent roof pillars to let drivers look all around their cars. And, to assist them with navigation, […]

Point of View: The Uber case

The Uber app lets customers book a car from their smartphone (Photo: Apple)

(This Point of View was originally published in the October edition of the automotiveIT international Executive Report) In cities all over the world an ugly war is being fought by “traditional” taxi companies against a new form of competition from Uber and other ride-sharing services. These newcomers offer customers the ability to use a mobile application […]

Krueger to succeed Reithofer as next BMW CEO May 13

Krueger's appointment is part of a generational change at BMW (Photo: BMW)

BMW’s head of production, Harald Krueger, will become the next CEO of the German premium car maker in May. He will succeed Norbert Reithofer, who will become chairman of the BMW supervisory board. BMW also announced that Klaus Froelich, 54, will become board member for development, succeeding Herbert Diess. Diess has been hired by the […]

In surprise move, BMW’s Diess to head VW passenger car brand

Diess has headed BMW's R&D since 2012 (Photo: BMW)

In a surprise move, BMW R&D chief Herbert Diess will move to Volkswagen  to head the brand’s core VW passenger car brand. He will take over  – on October 1, 2015 – from VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn, who will continue as chairman of the management board of Europe’s largest car group. “With Herbert Diess […]

TomTom acquires Fleetlogic

Telematics is TomTom's  fastest growing business segment (Photo: TomTom)

TomTom has acquired Fleetlogic, a leading Dutch provider of fleet management services, in a bid to strengthen its position in the European fleet market. The Amsterdam-based location and mapping services group said Fleetlogic will add 27,000 subscriptions to the installed base of TomTom Telematics. That brings the total of TomTom’s installed telematics systems to more […]