European Parliament approves eCall for 2018

Automakers have 3 years to  meet EU eCall requirements for new cars (Photo: ADAC)

The European Parliament, in the final step in Europe’s legislative process, approved the mandatory introduction of eCall from the spring of 2018. The legislation means that from March 2018 new passenger cars and light vans will have to be equipped with the automatic emergency alert system.   eCall was originally scheduled to become mandatory¬†this year, […]

EMC study: Companies struggle to adapt to digital future

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MUNICH – Companies are introducing new digital technologies, mining more data and getting a better handle on changing customer demands, but their executives feel ¬†progress is slower than required to meet changing market demands. That’s one of the conclusions from a new survey conducted on behalf of technology group EMC by The Institute for the […]

CES Asia – Shanghai

Audi CEO Rupert Stadler will hold a keynote address at CES Asia (Photo: CES)

The international CES is staging¬†an Asian version of its flagship Las Vegas consumer electronics trade show in Asia this year. CES Asia will take place in Shanghai May 25 through 27. One of the keynote speakers¬†at the event will be Rupert Stadler. The Audi CEO, noting that China is Audi’s biggest sales market, said in […]

Siemens pools development, production of EV converters

With integrated testing and production at eCar Powertrain Systems, Siemens wants to send a signal that

Siemens is pooling development and production of converters for hybrid and electric vehicles at a new international headquarters in Erlangen, Germany. The German power technology group said it is adding 1,300 square meters of space for inspection and testing to a 1,200 square meter manufacturing plant for converters. The combination of the two functions will […]

ITS World Congress – Bordeaux

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The annual ITS World Congress, a global forum to discuss smart transportation strategies, will take place in Bordeaux, France, Oct 5 – 9. The gathering, which brings together public and private transportation stakeholders, will have as its main theme:¬†‚ÄúTowards Intelligent Mobility ‚Äď Better Use of Space.‚ÄĚ The meeting’s focus will be on the life-changing aspects […]

CAR Management Briefings – Traverse City

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The Center for Automotive Research will host its annual Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Michigan, August 3 to 6. The gathering features a series of briefings and presentations focusing on some of the top issues facing the auto industry. This year, these include manufacturing, connected and automated vehicle development and new powertrains. In addition, […]

IAA – Frankfurt

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The Frankfurt auto show, which takes place every second year, will officially open September 17. On the two preceding days, Sept 15 and 16, there will be two press days. The world’s biggest auto show will have as its theme “Mobility Connects,” a reference to the biggest change sweeping through the global automotive industry today. […]

BMW, Porsche come out first with Apple Watch apps

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BMW and Porsche were among the first to come with Apple Watch applications for their cars, but other brands are expected to¬†follow shortly. Last week already, BMW’s DriveNow car sharing brand announced a function that lets drivers open and close DriveNow vehicles with their Apple Watch. This week, BMW unveiled an Apple Watch version of […]

Nokia: no plans for new phones

Nokia's Lumia phones are  being rebranded Microsoft (Photo: Microsoft)

Nokia, commenting on media speculation, said it doesn’t have any plans to get back into the smartphone market. “These reports are false, and include comments incorrectly attributed to a Nokia Networks executive,” the Finland-based network equipment and mapping software maker said in a press release. “Nokia reiterates it currently has no plans to manufacture or […]

IFA – Berlin

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The annual IFA consumer electronics and home appliance trade show will take place in Berlin Sept 4 through 9. The show, which attracts trade visitors from more than 100 countries, provides an overview of new products and trends in all segments of the consumer electronics industry. Several automakers have in recent years shown new infotainment […]