Interview: JCI’s automotive CIO on course to meet global targets

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Sanjay Rishi is CIO and group vice president, information technology, at Automotive Experience, the biggest division of US-based Johnson Controls. Rishi runs a global IT operation with between 400 and 500 people worldwide, not including a “partner ecosystem” of companies that provide a broad range of IT services to JCI.  The automotive division employs 80,000 […]

Bosch to buy Chinese infotainment company

Bosch developed a special navigation system for Volkswagen in China (Photo: Bosch)

Robert Bosch plans to acquire a majority shareholding in a Chinese maker of instrument clusters and infotainment systems. In a move designed to strengthen its position in China and East Asia, the German automotive supplier said it is buying a majority stake in a joint venture company of automaker Chery and an Australian group, Atech […]

New Opel Insignia features Magna’s forward-collision warning system

Magna says its Eyeris vision system will help automakers such as Opel meet tougher EU pedestrian-safety rules (Photo: Wikimedia)

The new Opel Insignia will be one of the first cars in Europe to have a camera-based forward-collision warning system, supplier Magna International said. Magna said its Eyeris electronic vision system, which was developed by the Canadian group’s Magna Electronics division, uses a video camera mounted behind the windshield and an advanced image processor to […]

Garmin opens new offices in Shanghai, Stuttgart, Yokohama

Garmin, which manufactures navigation, communication and information devices and applications, wants to grow its automotive business (Photo: Garmin)

Garmin has opened new offices in three major markets as it boosts its global satellite navigation activities and expands its automotive business. The Swiss-based company, said new offices in Shanghai, Stuttgart and Yokohama are located close to leading carmakers and automotive suppliers. The company also recently opened a dedicated automotive office in Detroit. “Our new […]

McKinsey: China needs new EV strategy

China wants to boost EV sales to reduce traffic pollution (Photo: Anna Frodesiak/Wikimedia)

China needs to boost sales of range-extended electric vehicles, rather than focus too heavily on pure EVs, according to McKinsey. In a study of the Chinese EV market, the strategy consultants say it will be at least 10 years before pure EVs become a commercially attractive alternative to combustion-engine-powered cars. EVs with range extenders, on […]

Being auto show: GM shows mobility concept

GM's EN-V 2.0 concept provides a vision of future urban mobility (Photo: GM)

General Motors showed a new version of its EN-V 2.0 mobility concept at the Beijing auto show, underlining the auto industry’s resolve to address the changing requirement of mostly urban car drivers. “The EN-V 2.0 concept would use technologies such as the mobility internet, electrification and telematics to help change the automotive landscape and ensure […]

Cadillac expects “self-driving vehicle” by mid-decade


Cadillac says it will be ready to build a self-driving or “semi-autonomous” vehicle by the middle of this decade. The luxury car brand of General Motors said it already has the technology to let cars manage themselves with the use of adaptive cruise control and lane centering software. Those technologies, which are available on the […]

Genivi All Member Meeting – Paris


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 […]