Siemens electrical drive trains unit gets new boss


Joerg Grotendorst will take over as head of the Siemens division that makes components and systems for automotive electrical drive trains. Grotendorst, 42, will take over the business unit, which is called “Inside e-Car,” on June 1. The new CEO was most recently in charge of strategy and technology in the powertrain division of supplier […]

VW, BASF offer award for electrochemistry research

VW is working hard on the introduction of electric vehicles (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen and BASF have established a 50,000 euro award for research that may lead to better high-performance energy storage. The award comes as the German auto industry is increasingly worried that for advanced battery technology, which is crucial for the growth of the electric-vehicle industry, it needs to rely on expertise from Asia. Martin Winterkorn, […]

Gentex to provide camera with driver-assist for Ford Explorer

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Gentex said it will supply a new auto-dimming mirror with a camera-based driver assistance system for the 2013 Ford Explorer. The Michigan-based supplier said the system will use a multi-function camera combined with algorithmic decision-making to provide high-beam control, lane keeping and driver alert functions. Gentex developed the system together with Mobileye, a maker of […]

Automotive microsystems conference – Berlin

The two-day conference will take place at Harnack House in Berlin (Photo: AMAA)

The 16th International Forum on Advanced Microsystems for Automotive Applications will take place in Berlin May 30-31. The conference, which will focus on “Smart Systems for Safe, Sustainable and Networked Vehicles,” will look at how the car is changing and how IT is playing a greater role in this development. “ICT, components and smart systems […]

Infineon CEO Bauer resigns for health reasons; Ploss takes over

Reinhard Ploss (left) takes over as Infineon CEO; Peter Bauer is leaving his post

Infineon CEO Peter Bauer is stepping down for health reasons, but the Germany-based semiconductor group¬† immediately announced he would be succeeded by another board member, Reinhard Ploss. Infineon said in a press release that Bauer had been suffering from osteoporosis for several years and that his condition had “significantly worsened” recently. “Due to the uncertainties […]

Audi opens high-voltage battery project house

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Audi opened a new 3,500 square meter high-voltage battery facility near its main plant in Ingolstadt, Germany, underscoring its intention to make¬†electric vehicles a more important part of its product lineup by the end of the decade. By 2020, the Volkswagen Group premium car division wants to offer an electric e-tron model in every segment […]

TRW unveils capacitive touchpad sensor

TRW says its touchpad  provides a more intuitive way to operate various infotainment controls (Photo: TRW)

TRW, in an attempt to further simplify in-car controls, has developed a capacitive touchpad that recognizes handwriting. The US-based automotive supplier said the touchpad, which will be ready for production this year, will mark a major improvement in the human machine interface (HMI) because it can be used by car drivers and passengers in a […]

Clarion to offer telematics service

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Clarion is launching a Cloud-based infotainment service to add to its offering of traditional in-car products. The US-based division of Japanese electronics group Hitachi said its “Smart Access” cloud-based telematics service, which will be launched in June in North America and Japan, features smartphone connectivity and the ability to access a wide range of smartphone […]

Toyota sets modest US goal for electric RAV4

The electric RAV4 has a range of 100 miles (Photo: Toyota)

Toyota set a modest sales goal for the electric version of its RAV4 as it unveiled the newest version of one of its best-selling SUVs in the US. The Japanese carmaker, which continues to lead sales of hybrid-electric vehicles with the Prius, said it plans to sell only 2,600 units of the RAV4 EV in […]

Google gets Nevada OK to test self-driving cars on public roads

Nevada is the first US state to approve public-road testing of Google's driverless car (Photo: DMV Nevada)

Nevada became the first US state to give the green light for Google to test its driver-less car on public roads. The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles said in a statement that it had approved a license application filed by the online information group after experts were satisfied with the outcome of a series of […]