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 […]

Adding sophistication to in-car voice output

Researchers programmed voice output to remain silent in dangerous situations (Photo: Bielefeld University)

Automated voice output systems often add to distraction in the car, when they continue to provide instructions in, for example, a difficult traffic situation. Researchers at Bielefeld University in western Germany have developed a dialog system that allows the interruption of voice output in such a situation. “In critical situations such as passing maneuvers, a […]

BMW plans more plug-in hybrids for its core model range

BMW has developed a plug-in hybrid powertrain that can be used across its model range (Photo: BMW)

BMW plans to roll out plug-in hybrid versions of all BMW models in the long term. The premium car maker is unveiling a plug-in hybrid 3 Series prototype as well as a range of other concepts that use technology that’s already in place in its i-brand vehicles. “All BMW Group models benefit from BMW i,” BMW […]

GM appoints new connected-consumer chief

Boler Davis takes over from Mary Chan, who is leaving GM (Photo: GM)

Alicia Boler-Davis will take over as head of General Motors’ connected-car operations, replacing Mary Chan, who will leave the car company next year. Boler-Davis, currently senior vice president, global quality and customer experience, will hand over quality control to Grace Lieblein, another GM executive. Boler-Davis will maintain responsibility for the customer experience. The move to […]

automotiveIT Congress – Hanover

Around 500 automotive and IT executives each year attend the Hanover Congress (Photo: Claus Dick)

The automotiveIT Group will host its annual Congress during the CeBIT high-tech fair in Hanover March 19, 2015. The event will focus on the new role IT is playing in tomorrow’s car industry. It is the 7th time the automotiveIT Congress takes place in Germany. The conference brings together around 500 executives from the automotive […]