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 […]

BMW, Siemens, Munich to develop fast-charging infrastructure

The Drive eCharged partners are using electric Minis to test the new charging technology (Photo: Mini)

Premium carmaker BMW has teamed up with power-technology group Siemens and the city of Munich to jointly develop a system to recharge electric vehicles in a much shorter time than is possible today. The system, which will allow the use of the same charging socket with both direct current or alternating current, should become an […]

Peugeot, Deutsche Bahn look into car-sharing

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Peugeot and Germany’s national railway system, Deutsche Bahn, have signed a letter of intent to jointly develop a car-sharing program in the country.  Peugeot is keen to expand its “Mu by Peugeot” car-sharing initiative and the two companies will assess the feasibility of providing cars at around 100 German rail stations. Deutsche Bahn already operates […]

Mitsubishi starts i-MiEV deliveries to Estonian govt

Estonia has placed the biggest order to date for Mitsubishi's i-MiEV electric vehicle (Photo: Mitsubishi)

Mitsubishi Motors Corporation has started deliveries of a large order of its i-MiEV electric vehicles to the Estonian government. Estonia has ordered 507 i-MiEVs in the Japanese carmaker’s single largest order to date for the electric car. The first vehicles were delivered to Estonia last week. All deliveries will be concluded by the end of […]

Toyota, SNAM in sustainable battery recycling pact

Some 370,000 European hybrid Toyota and Lexus models are equipped with NiMH batteries

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) has signed a three-year framework agreement with France’s Societe Nouvelle d’Affinage des Métaux (SNAM) for the European-wide take back and sustainable recycling of high-voltage industrial nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries. Toyota has sold around 370,000 Toyota and Lexus hybrids equipped with NiMH batteries and these will start reaching the end of their […]

Cadillac unveils improved in-vehicle infotainment

Cadillac's CUE infotainment system will have more power and fewer buttons (Photo: Cadillac)

Cadillac unveiled a new in-car infotainment system that offers fewer buttons and a number innovations aimed at making functions easier to use. The luxury-car brand of General Motors will offer its CUE system on the XTS, ATS and SRX models from next year. CUE will have 3D navigation and will be able to communicate with […]

CIO Straub to leave Audi – sources

Audi CIO Klaus Straub is rumored to be joining another automaker (Photo: Audi)

Klaus Straub, recently named CIO of the decade by CIO magazine, is leaving Audi, company sources say. Straub, 47, is leaving the premium car division of Volkswagen Group of his own accord. Sources say he plans to join another, unnamed automaker. The Audi CIO succeeded Klaus Hardy Muehleck when the latter moved to Volkswagen to […]

Point of view: Get IT experts more involved in car development

Hilmar Dunker is editor-in-chief of automotiveIT magazine

Last month’s carIT Congress in Frankfurt made clear once again the IT tasks ahead for the auto industry. Speakers from BMW, Bosch, Daimler, Ford and Volkswagen reviewed some of the innovations that will feature in the next generation of vehicles. Those novelties include access to the Cloud, car-to-car communications and a range of other new […]