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 […]

Daimler CEO: Connected cars is the only way to make money

Zetsche introduced the new Mercedes A-Class at the Geneva auto show this month (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche this week reaffirmed the premium car maker’s commitment to new connected-vehicle technology across its product range. “Soon you will not be able to make money anymore with cars that don’t integrate customers’ smartphones,” Zetsche said at a technical conference hosted by Germany’s auto industry association (VDA). This is particularly true when […]

Content & Apps conference – Munich

In-car content and Apps are becoming standard in new passenger cars (Photo: Delphi)

Telematics Update will hold a conference on in-car content and Apps in Munich April 18-19, focusing on one of the fastest growing areas of the global auto industry. The conference will look at the market for mobile apps, which is expected to total 24 billion euros by 2016. The two-day event will bring together automaker […]

German testers: In-car electronics hard to handle for many drivers

Drivers worry about being distracted but they also appreciate new safety and comfort features

For most drivers many new electronics functions in passenger cars are difficult to manage, according to a recent survey carried out in Germany by DEKRA, a major testing and certification company. In the survey, 77 pc of all drivers had trouble operating in-car electronic devices, with 40 pc worried that too much technology can be […]

Bosch-Samsung battery JV may be dissolved – Financial Times Deutschland

SB Limotive builds battery systems for the new generation of electric vehicles (Photo: SB Limotive)

A four-year old battery joint venture between Germany’s Robert Bosch and Korea’s Samsung may be dissolved because the two partners’ business priorities are too diverse, according to the Financial Times Deutschland. The newspaper said Bosch, the world’s largest automotive supplier, needs the joint venture, SB Limotive, to focus on building complete battery systems for electric […]

NXP supports 48 volt electrical systems

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NXP has developed a new family of Flexray transceivers aimed at helping carmakers introduce higher voltage electrical systems. The Netherlands-based semiconductor group said it is now offering carmakers a new family of 48 volt transceivers capable of supporting electrical architectures operating at up to 60 volts. The move follows an agreement by BMW, Audi, Daimler, […]