carIT Congress: Daimler CIO’s personal agenda

Daimler's Gorriz (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — Daimler CIO Michael Gorriz provided some insight into his personal agenda Tuesday, when he told the annual carIT Congress here what the priorities for his department are. “Providing the best customer experience is at the center of all our activities,” he said, adding that, with the Mercedes me platform launched earlier this year, […]

carIT Congress: HP executive warns for energy crunch

HP's Bahns (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — A senior HP executive warned Tuesday that the internet of things, which includes cars as participating devices, may consume more energy than the world can muster. “In five years, there will be 30 billion devices networked in the internet of things,” said Oliver Bahns, director automotive at HP Enterprise Services. “The energy requirement […]

carIT Congress: BMW executive sees electric future

BMW's Frickenstein (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — BMW, which has a fleet of 2.5 million connected cars on the world’s roads, expects an automotive future with highly automated vehicles that are propelled by electric motors, Elmar Frickenstein, vice-president electrics/electronics at the German premium car brand, said Tuesday. Frickenstein said connectivity is already bringing a broad range of new functions to […]

carIT Congress: VDA president confident in German connected-car leadership

VDA President Wissmann... (photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — Germany is catching up in the area of connected cars and hopes in coming years to assume a leading position globally, the country’s automobile association (VDA) president, Matthiass Wissmann said at the annual carIT Congress here. But he warned that the industry’s leadership role can only be assured if it is as committed […]

carIT Congress: Audi’s Hackenberg vows to reduce complexity

Hackenberg... (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — Audi’s connected-car strategy is moving to the next level as more powerful processors make it easier for drivers to operate increasingly complex functions, said Ulrich Hackenberg, the brand’s head of technical development. In an address to the annual carIT Congress here, Hackenberg said Audi’s strategy is designed to deal with the three megatrends […]

Study finds national differences in HMI experience

Operating navigation systems continues to be a challenge for many drivers (Photo: BMW)

Drivers appreciate different functions in their in-car infotainment systems, depending on where they live, according to a new study. GfK, a German market researcher, found that drivers in Germany, Italy, Japan and the US consider entering a place of interest (POI) or finding a phone book contact difficult functions. These two operations rank first and […]

WSJ: Tesla CEO predicts autonomous driving in next decade

Musk is disappointed with industry-wide EV growth (Photo: Tesla)

Tesla CEO Elon Musk predicts the technology for fully autonomous driving will be ready in five or six years, but it will then several more years to address regulatory restrictions. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Musk said the electric premium car maker¬†is working on its own autonomous driving technology. “Tesla is going […]

Uber gets green light to continue in Germany – for now

Uber uses private chauffeurs for its ride-sharing operations (Photo: Uber)

A Frankfurt court has overturned an earlier verdict banning Uber from conducting business in Germany. The California-based ride-sharing services is free to continue operations in Germany for the time being. The verdict was largely based on a procedural flaw. Originally, a local court had decided that there was an urgent need to stop Uber. But […]

Porsche acquires 10 pc of Inrix

Volkswagen Group wants to invest in connectivity (Photo: VW)

Porsche Holding has acquired a 10 pc stake in Inrix, underscoring the importance of connected information for the¬†Volkswagen Group. Citing the quickly growing need for traffic-related information and data-based solutions, Porsche board member Philipp von Hagen said: “We see a tremendous potential in this segment of the automotive value chain.” Von Hagen, who is in […]

Study: Consumers warm to usage-based insurance

73 percent of fleet manager say commercial auto
insurance is extremely
important (Source: LexisNexis)

Consumers in the US are growing more comfortable with usage-based insurance policies, according to a new study. According to the 2014 ¬†LexisNexis Insurance Telematics Study, insurance rate discounts are still the main driver for consumers, but other factors are starting to play a role in increasing acceptance levels. Safety and security considerations are a major […]