TELEMATICS UPDATE: No role for smartphones in Europe’s eCall

eCall emergency calls need to reach call centers without delay (Photo: EU, ADAC)

MUNICH –Smartphone integration may be one of the hottest issues in automotive infotainment, but the ubiquitous end-user device will not play a role in Europe’s eCall initiative. The EU Commission wants the Europe-wide emergency calling system to be mandatory in cars from 2015. But implementation across all of the bloc’s 27 member nations has been […]

Telenor Connexion will connect Renault EVs in Europe

The Renault Fluence ZE EV will be connected by Telenor Connexion (Photo: Renault)

Renault will use Telenor Connexion to provide connectivity for a range of electric and traditional models in Europe. The French carmaker plans to roll out several electric vehicles, including the Kangoo ZE and Fluence ZE, which will be connected to a global data center operated by Renault. Telenor will also connect the traditionally powered Kangoo […]

ZF has 1st customer for Openmatics

Openmatics-equipped Pullman buses in Milan will have two apps (Photo: ZF)

ZF’s Openmatics system will be installed on 35 Air Pullman shuttlebuses that transport people between Milan’s Malpensa airport and the city center. Air Pullman is deploying the ZF telematics platform with two apps, the “All vehicles overview,” which shows the Openmatics-equipped buses on a map; and the “Work Report” app, which shows whether a bus […]

Frischkorn to head ESG automotive operations

Frischkorn will take over as head of ESG Automotive Jan. 1 (Photo: VDA)

Hans-Georg Frischkorn will take charge of the automotive business of Germany’s ESG January 1, 2012. The systems and software provider said Frischkorn, currently a managing director at Germany’s auto industry association, the VDA, will succeed Wolfgang Sczygiol, who is retiring. ESG said Frischkorn brings strong expertise in automotive electronics to the group. He has held […]

AUTOSAR agrees to extend reach beyond auto industry


The Autosar partnership has decided to extend its reach beyond automotive applications. The group, whose aim is to develop an open, standardized software architecture for the auto industry, includes major carmakers as well as automotive suppliers. Autosar stands for Automotive Open System Architecture). The partnership said in a press release that the standards it has […]

Harman extends infotainment contract with VW

Harman builds infotainment systems for a range of cars, including the Audi 6 Avant (Photo: Harman)

Harman said it will provide a new infotainment system to Volkswagen group in a contract valued at 400 million dlrs. The US-based maker of premium audio and infotainment systems said the contract is an extension of the business relationship it already has with the German automaker. In December, 2010, VW and Harman agreed on a […]

SAE World Congress

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“Get Connected” is the theme of the 2012 SAE World Congress, which will take place in Detroit April 24-26. SAE International, a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and technical experts, organizes an annual conference and exhibition that tends to focus on the major new trends in automotive technology. In 2012, the organizers want […]

Toyota adopts new car-connectivity protocol for in-car smartphone use

Toyota says it is the first carmaker to use a new connectivity protocol for in-car smartphone use (Photo: Toyota)

Toyota is adopting a new protocol developed by the Car Connectivity Consortium to connect smartphones to its vehicles. The Japanese carmaker said the so-called “MirrorLink” protocol will be available to owners of the small Toyota iQ city car by the end of the year. The Car Connectivity Consortium is a group of carmakers and consumer […]

BMW, PSA officially launch electrification JV

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BMW and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen Tuesday officially launched their joint venture to develop new electric powertrains and components for use in future models. The German and French car companies said in a statement that the cooperation, BMW Peugeot Electrification, aims to star building hybrid components from 2015. These will be used in models built by both carmakers. […]

Nissan to develop new hybrids under 2016 plan

Nissan and Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn sees competitive advantages from his new green plan (Photo: Nissan)

Nissan will develop an all-new front-wheel hybrid as well as a new plug-in hybrid model as part of a six-year environmental plan unveiled Monday. The Nissan Green Program 2016 (NGP 2016) calls for 70 pc of the carmaker’s annual research and advanced engineering budget going to environmental technologies. With that kind of focus on new […]