Dudenhoeffer: Do we really need Facebook in the car?

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Respected German automotive analyst Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer said he doesn’t think all new IT has a place in the car. “Isn’t the question: what do we really need in the car?” he said in an interview with automotiveIT. “Facebook? I don’t see it.” Dudenhoeffer heads the CAR Center Automotive Research, a non-profit research organization affiliated with […]

CAR-Symposium – Bochum

BMW's Reithofer (left) and PSA's Varin agreed in February, 2011, to jointly invest 100 million euros in new hybrid technologies (Photo: BMW)

BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen CEO Philippe Varin will be keynote speakers at the 12th annual CAR-Symposium, which will take place in Bochum, Germany, February 8-9, 2012. The annual conference, which is organized by CAR Center Automotive Research, will focus on “Scenarios for the automotive future.” The two-day event will feature an Automotive Career […]

US transportation chief against ban on all in-car phone use

The NTSB voted unanimously to recommend a ban on the non-emergency use of portable electronic devices in cars (Photo: NTSB)

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he doesn’t support a call by the country’s National Transportation Safety Board to bar drivers from making any phone calls at all while behind the wheel. “The problem is not hands-free,” LaHood told reporters, according to a report in the Detroit News. Instead the US administration official said efforts […]

Nissan, Microsoft will build new dealer management system

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Nissan and Microsoft will jointly build a next-generation dealer management system for the Japanese carmaker. The two companies said they would cooperate to develop a system that would provide both dealer and customer relationship management and social collaboration tools. It will be based on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM software and use the Windows Azure platform. […]

Mitsubishi makes 1st N. American fleet delivery of i-MiEVs

Mitsubish's i-MiEV is one of the first battery-powered EVs on the market (Photo: Mitsubishi)

Mitsubishi made the first North American deliveries of its i-MiEV electric vehicle to a car-sharing company in California this week. The Japanese carmaker, one of the first to have a full electric vehicle on the market, said the vehicles, which were ordered by City CarShare in the San Francisco Bay area, were the first of […]

Renault unveils R-Link automotive tablet

Renault's R-Link will provide access to all functions of the car through an 18-cm touchscreen (Photo: Renault)

Renault has unveiled a tablet computer it plans to integrate in future car models. Called R-Link, the tablet will be fully integrated with the car and will feature multimedia connectivity with the outside world and with users within the car. The French carmaker also said the tablet is designed to be part of a “start-up […]

Daimler tests inductive EV charging

From March 2012, a Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-CELL, a 2nd generation smart fortwo electric drive and a smart ebike are available for the inhabitants of the efficient house (Photo: Daimler).

Daimler will start testing inductive charging on a real car in an effort to make the refueling of electric vehicles easier. The carmaker said it would fit a technically modified Mercedes-Benz A-Class E-CELL model with a special charging coil that merely has to be positioned over another charging coil in the ground to start the […]

BMW’s Draeger predicts big EV battery improvements

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MUNICH — It wasn’t so long ago that a typical discussion with BMW’s r&d chief would focus on new combustion-engine technology, the aerodynamic qualities of the latest car designs or the relative driving characteristics of Germany’s three premium carmakers. Those topics are still important. But in an interview with automotiveIT, Klaus Draeger, BMW’s board member […]

BMW, Toyota pool research on lithium-ion batteries

Toyota's Uchiyamada said his engineers felt comfortable dealing with their BMW counterparts

BMW and Toyota signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on next-generation green technologies and pool research on lithium-ion batteries. The German premiu car maker will also supply 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter diesel engines to Toyota Motor Europe from 2014, the two companies said in a a press release. Toyota hopes its European lineup […]

Wind River, Clarion collaborate on Android-based infotainment

The system Clarion is developing with Wind River will be GENIVI-compliant (Photo: Clarion)

Wind River is working with in-car entertainment systems maker Clarion to develop Android-based automotive infotainment systems. The embedded and mobile software specialist, which is owned by chipmaker Intel, said it is creating a custom Android software platform for use inside the car. Wind River is also providing software integration services so Clarion can build its […]