Daimler, Qualcomm explore wireless EV charging

Daimler has been selling electric versions of its smart fortwo city car since 2012 (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler said it has joined forces with Qualcomm Technologies to explore wireless electric-vehicle charging. In the first phase of the new cooperation, the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars and trucks will work with Qualcomm to improve 3G and 4G connectivity inside the car and investigate wireless charging possibilities. Qualcomm is a wireless technology specialist with a […]

Audi to offer Baidu CarLife connectivity in China

Audi will offer LTE with Baidu CarLife in China (Photo: Audi)

Audi will adopt a smartphone connectivity system from Baidu in China to capitalize on the popularity of the country’s biggest internet search engine. The German premium car maker said Baidu CarLife, as the system is called, will be available in Audi vehicles in combination with a China-specific LTE module that Audi is developing with network […]

In software move, Continental to acquire Elektrobit Automotive

With the acquisition of Elektrobit, Continental hopes to boost its sofware development expertise (Photo: Continental)

Continental is acquiring the automotive business of Finish wireless and electronics group Elektrobit,¬†underlining the growing importance of software for tomorrow’s vehicles. Continental said that, subject to antitrust approval, it will pay 600 million euros for Elektrobit Automotive, which is based in Germany and employs 1,900 people. The German supplier said the acquisition will, in particular, […]

Verizon to buy AOL

Verizon is one of the biggest US mobile operators (Photo: Verizon)

Verizon, which has pursued a strategy to reduce its dependence on its core wireless business, has agreed to buy AOL for about 4.4 billion dlrs. The acquisition marks another step in Verizon’s efforts to build digital and video platforms, the company said in a press release. AOL will further drive LTE wireless video and so-called […]

Cisco names Chuck Robbins next CEO

Chuck Robbins (Photo: Cisco

Cisco said Chuck Robbins will succeed John Chambers as CEO July 26, marking a change at the top of the US-based technology group for the first time in 20 years. Chambers, who took over as¬†CEO in 1995, will become executive chairman when Robbins assumes his new responsibilities. The departing boss laid out the the challenges […]

European Parliament approves eCall for 2018

Automakers have 3 years to  meet EU eCall requirements for new cars (Photo: ADAC)

The European Parliament, in the final step in Europe’s legislative process, approved the mandatory introduction of eCall from the spring of 2018. The legislation means that from March 2018 new passenger cars and light vans will have to be equipped with the automatic emergency alert system.   eCall was originally scheduled to become mandatory¬†this year, […]

EMC study: Companies struggle to adapt to digital future

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MUNICH – Companies are introducing new digital technologies, mining more data and getting a better handle on changing customer demands, but their executives feel ¬†progress is slower than required to meet changing market demands. That’s one of the conclusions from a new survey conducted on behalf of technology group EMC by The Institute for the […]

CES Asia – Shanghai

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler will hold a keynote address at CES Asia (Photo: CES)

The international CES is staging¬†an Asian version of its flagship Las Vegas consumer electronics trade show in Asia this year. CES Asia will take place in Shanghai May 25 through 27. One of the keynote speakers¬†at the event will be Rupert Stadler. The Audi CEO, noting that China is Audi’s biggest sales market, said in […]

Siemens pools development, production of EV converters

With integrated testing and production at eCar Powertrain Systems, Siemens wants to send a signal that

Siemens is pooling development and production of converters for hybrid and electric vehicles at a new international headquarters in Erlangen, Germany. The German power technology group said it is adding 1,300 square meters of space for inspection and testing to a 1,200 square meter manufacturing plant for converters. The combination of the two functions will […]

ITS World Congress – Bordeaux

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The annual ITS World Congress, a global forum to discuss smart transportation strategies, will take place in Bordeaux, France, Oct 5 – 9. The gathering, which brings together public and private transportation stakeholders, will have as its main theme:¬†‚ÄúTowards Intelligent Mobility ‚Äď Better Use of Space.‚ÄĚ The meeting’s focus will be on the life-changing aspects […]