Ranking puts Toyota, VW at top of innovation list

Theoretical physicist Michio Kaku discusses a hydrogen future at the 2015 CES in Las Vegas in January (Photo: Toyota

Toyota and Volkswagen Group have been the top automotive innovators in the past 10 years, according to a new ranking compiled by Germany’s Center of Automotive Management. The think tank looked at the best 100 innovations from global carmakers over the past decade. The ranking was based on market and technology relevance as well as […]

T-Systems executive: Telecoms and automotive have grown closer together

Heinz Egeler (Photo: T-Systems)

Heinz Egeler has been in charge of the Connected Car business of T-Systems since June 2015. In written answers to questions, Egeler explains the strategic priorities of the German IT service provider and discusses some of the characteristics of the changing personal-mobility industry. automotiveIT: Mr. Egeler, you’ve been in your new position for just a […]

Automated driving gets a boost as Bosch joins research project

Many requirements need to be met for autonomous driving (Photo: Bosch)

Robert Bosch said it has joined a German research product aimed at¬†speeding up the development of automated-driving technologies. The German automotive supplier group said Ko-HAF, as the project is called, wants to help develop cars “in which drivers no longer need to be constantly vigilant.” Ko-HAF is a German-language acronym that stands for “Cooperative Highly-Automated […]

EU’s eCall introduction sets stage for aftermarket battle

eCall introduction opens battle between public and private systems (Photo: iStockphoto/Neil Kendall, Illustration: Sabina Vogel)

Following a European Union decision earlier this year that all new cars must soon have an emergency calling system, a competitive battle is shaping up between private and public offerings. The European Parliament in April approved legislation that says all new cars and light vans must have emergency call devices on board from March 31, […]

Nokia HERE: Accenture consultant sees more acquisitions

Axel Schmidt (Photo: Accenture)

Following news that Audi, BMW and Daimler are set to jointly acquire Nokia HERE, automotiveIT asked Accenture automotive expert Axel Schmidt three questions about the implications of the transaction. automotiveIT: What’s in it for¬†Audi, BMW and¬†Daimler to acquire Nokia HERE? Schmidt:¬†The carmakers are first and foremost interested in a platform that can be the foundation […]

Connected Car Expo – LA

The LA Auto Show features a range of new model introductions (Photo: LA Show)

The Connected Car Expo (CCE), an exhibition combined with a conference program, kicks off the annual Los Angeles Auto Show November 17. The event aims to promote connectivity in the auto industry and bring together players from all industries involved. The CCE will host a one-day conference at the Marriott Hotel on the first LA […]

Study: Automotive patents up 7 pc in 2014

(Photo: Toyota)

The world’s carmakers registered 7 pc more patents in 2014 than the year before, with Toyota alone accounting for 26 pc of the total. According to Germany’s Center of Automotive Management (CAM), the 18 biggest global carmakers registered more than 57,000 patents in 2014. Honda came second after Toyota and General Motors was in third […]

US regulators impose 105 million dlr fine on Fiat Chrysler

(Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles )

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) accepted a 105 million-dlr penalty for failing to meet US federal requirements to repair vehicles with safety defects. The US-Italian auto group will have to buy back some of the vehicles and will have to submit to “rigorous” federal oversight, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement. […]

WTO members to lift tariffs on more than 200 IT products

IT products may become cheaper as tariffs are eliminated (Photo:Thorben Wengert / pixelio.de)

Fifty-four countries have agreed to eliminate tariffs on more than 200 IT products, freeing up¬†global trade flows worth more than 1.3 trillion dlrs a year. The agreement was reached under the auspices of the World Trade Organization (WTO). “Today’s agreement is a landmark,” WTO Director General Roberto Azevedo said in a press statement. The volume […]

Fiat Chrysler acts on hacking report, recalls 1.4 million cars

The 2014 Jeep Cherokee is among the vehicles getting a software update (Photo: Jeep)

Fiat Chrysler (FCA) recalled 1.4 million vehicles in the US following a report on the wired.com web site that two hackers had successfully manipulated the in-car systems of a Jeep Cherokee. FCA said the voluntary recall will update software, which “insulates connected vehicles from remote manipulation.” Wired reported earlier that the two computer experts had […]