automotiveIT Congress marks progress on road to connectivity

The congress featured a panel discussion on big data in the auto industry (Photo: Sylvia Steinbach)

LONDON — The auto industry is coming to grips with the broad implications of connectivity, but it will be a while before carmakers and drivers will start reaping the full benefits of new information technologies. In the meantime, ties between traditional carmakers and new automotive players will have to be strengthened; car retailing is in […]

Toyota’s fuel-cell car to cost around 7 million yen

The Toyota FCV will go on sale in early 2015 (Photo: Toyota)

Toyota unveiled the exterior design of its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and said the car will cost 7 million yen or roughly 50,000 euros when it goes on sale in Japan later this year. The sales price, which excludes consumption tax, is lower than the 1 million yen Toyota indicated earlier and officials said […]

Android alliance gets traction as brands join, plans are unveiled

Kia says the Soul is one of the first models to feature Android Auto (Photo: Kia)

With Volkswagen and Volvo Cars the latest auto¬†brands to join the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), the Google initiative to boost the use of Android devices in cars is making headway. But carmakers ¬†stressed that they will be working closely with Apple as well to make sure devices running on¬†both operating systems can be seamlessly connected. […]

CIO change at BMW: Straub said to succeed Probst

BMW CIO Probst is retiring, sources say (Photo: Claus Dick)

Klaus Straub is expected to succeed ¬†Karl-Erich Probst as CIO of BMW Group at the end of August, industry sources say. Probst took over as head of BMW’s central IT department in 2006. He is leaving the company of his own accord, the sources say. Klaus Straub Straub used to be CIO of Volkswagen Group’s […]

An electric Harley-Davidson?

Harley hasn't decided yet whether it will sell start selling  an electric motorbike (Phoro: Harley-Davidson)

Harley-Davidson, maker of iconic motor bikes, is piloting an electric motorcycle to see whether bike riders are interested in a different kind of propulsion. Consumers across the US will be able to ride and provide feedback on the bike and their comments will help the company decide whether it will go into production. The test, […]

Salesforce aims to give “wearables” a corporate boost

Mercedes announced a tie-up with the Pebble smart watch company at the CES in January (Photo: Daimler)

In a move to speed up the integration of so-called “wearables” in corporate IT systems, Salesforce.com is launching a developer kit specifically targeting the new mobile communications devices. Wearables, which include cloud-connected smart watches, glasses, wristbands and other devices that are worn on the body, only recently made their appearance. Google led the trend with […]

IFA – Berlin

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The annual IFA consumer electronics fair will take place in Berlin September 5 – 10, amid expectations that several top executives from the global¬†auto industry will, again, be presented at the consumer electronics event. Details of conference programs were unavailable, but last year, then-Ford CEO Alan Mulally was one of the keynote speakers at IFA. […]

Genivi Alliance joins Web consortium

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The Genivi Alliance has joined a broader Web consortium to accelerate the adoption of open-source technologies in the automotive industry. The alliance, whose goal is to drive the adoption of a Linux-based in-vehicle infotainment platform, brings together more than 175 auto and consumer electronics companies that are keen to speed up the development of in-car […]

Nokia to invest in connected-car technology

Nokia HERE is a mapping and location services provider (Photo: Nokia)

Nokia will invest 100 million dollars in connected car technology as the Finnish group focuses its business on networks, mapping and location intelligence and general mobility. Once the world’s leading maker of mobile phones, Nokia earlier this year completed the sale of its devices and services business to Microsoft. The newly launched “Connected Car fund,” […]

In BMW plant, gesture control is on trial

A worker can register a fault by swiping across a component (Photo: BMW)

BMW, in a test of so-called “Industry 4.0″ car manufacturing, is using camera-based gesture detection in a pilot project at its plant in Landshut, Germany. The premium car maker is trying out the technology for quality control of bumpers before they are mounted. The test¬†is designed to reduce the time and effort it takes to […]