Genivi All Member Meeting – Paris

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Genivi will hold its annual member meeting at Disneyland outside Paris April 24-27, with more than 500 participants scheduled to attend. The alliance, whose goal is to develop cross-industry software standards for the development of in-vehicle infotainment, groups automakers, automotive suppliers, telematics and mobile phone companies. Speaking at a Telematics Update conference in Munich this […]

Telematics Update: Room seen for embedded and smartphone-based connectivity

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MUNICH — Cars will be connected to the internet through both embedded and smartphone-based systems, telematics executives said Wednesday. In a discussion of the pros and cons of the different approaches at a Telematics Update conference here, a panel of experts said the mode of connectivity depends on different factors. “I see a hybrid approach; […]

Telematics Update: Analyst says traffic is key telematics application

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MUNICH — Traffic information is the most important telematics application in the car, a senior market researcher said Wednesday. “What’s the value proposition of telematics? Clearly traffic is top of the list,” said Roger Lanctot, associate director, global automotive practice, at market researchers Strategy Analytics. Lanctot, speaking at a Telematics Update conference here, said surveys […]

QNX joins Car Connectivity Consortium

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QNX Software Systems has joined the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), boosting the alliance’s efforts to establish standards for smartphone-based connected vehicles. The goal of CCC, which counts among its members many of the world’s major carmakers, automotive suppliers and consumer electronics and mobile phone firms, is to boost innovation and standardization of car connectivity solutions […]

A flying car or a street-legal airplane?

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The production prototype of a street-legal airplane completed its first successful flight, raising the possibility that cars will one day fly – or airplanes will become a regular feature on the world’s roads. The US based Terrafugia company said its Transition Street-Legal Airplane has also successfully conducted initial drive and conversion testing. The Transition is […]

In pilot project, IBM connects Honda cars to US power grid

IBM said communication between EVs and the grid provides a "ground-breaking" boost to the eletric vehicle industry (Graphic: IBM)

IBM, aiming to show how electric vehicles can interact with the power grid, has teamed up with Japanese carmaker Honda and US utility Pacific Gas and Electric in a pilot project to demonstrate the possibilities for individualized EV charging plans. The project will test how EVs can receive and respond to charge instructions based on […]

AutomotiveIT test-drives the LTE-equipped Audi A8

Audi is testing the new LTE mobile communication standard with a long-wheelbase A8 model (Photo: Audi)

Carmakers are increasing their efforts to improve car connectivity through the introduction of LTE. The new standard, which is set to increase the speed and capacity of mobile communications, is still in the trial phase in most countries. But experts expect the new mobile communication network to be fully operational in major markets within two […]

BMW’s i8 Concept Spyder further expands “i” brand

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BMW unveiled a fourth new model in its “i” range, underscoring the carmaker’s intentions to expand the new brand it is officially launching next year. The BMW i8 Concept Spyder is a plug-in hybrid powered by an electric motor and a gasoline combustion engine which, together, provide a combined output of up to 354 bhp. […]

Volkmar Denner to take over as Bosch CEO effective July 1

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Volkmar Denner, a Robert Bosch board member, will succeed Franz Fehrenbach as CEO of the world’s largest automotive supplier July 1. Denner, 55, is currently board member in charge of corporate research and advance engineering, product planning and technology coordination. In addition, he oversees Bosch’s automotive electronics and car multimedia divisions. Fehrenbach, who has been […]

Auto industry should better manage open-source software – BearingPoint

The use of open-source software in the car is increasing (Photo: Continental)

The auto industry should better manage its use of free and open source software (FOSS), according to a recently published study by consultants BearingPoint. The industry is a big user of open source software, which is relatively inexpensive, easy to customize and doesn’t lock a company into one particular vendor. But according to a BearingPoint […]