AT&T to provide connectivity to Volvo Cars in N. America

Volvo's 2015 models will feature high-speed AT&T connectivity (Photo: Volvo Cars)

AT&T has signed a multi-year agreement to provide connectivity to Volvo Cars in North America. The US  communications group said that, starting this summer, its “Single SIM” mobile communications platform would be available to buyers of Volvo’s 2o15 model-year cars. Through Volvo’s Sensus Connect infotainment service, buyers of the new cars would have access to […]

Audi, JLR, Qoros, Genivi executives to speak at automotiveIT International Congress

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With the speaker lineup almost complete, the automotiveIT International Congress is set to cover topics ranging from connected retail and the role of big data analysis to open-source infotainment and other key trends in 21st century mobility. The latest additions to the program include Maurits Aalberse, director of connected services at China-based carmaker Qoros, and […]

Daimler’s switch from Catia to Siemens NX moves into higher gear

Daimler's change is driven by compatibility issues between its CAD and PDM software

Daimler’s preparations for its planned switch from Catia to Siemens NX are progressing and the carmaker has, in the words of one insider, entered the “hot phase” of the transition. Two-thirds of CAD software users still need to run through their prepatory training before the changeover takes effect April 2015. Daimler announced in 2011 that […]

App prototype provides wrong-direction alert

The wrong-way-driver alert uses car-to-x technologies for its warnings(Photo: Technical University Clausthal)

Each year there are roughly 1,800 reports of drivers heading the wrong way on Germany’s autobahn network. When this leads to accidents, they are often serious. One in six people involved in a resulting collision is killed. The Technical University Clausthal in northern Germany, working with consultants c4c Engineering, has developed a prototype for an […]

automotiveIT Congress: Qoros CIO cites greenfield advantages

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HANOVER – Chinese newcomer Qoros has one advantage over all other automakers: the company started five years ago from a clean sheet of paper and didn’t have to deal with antiquated plants, outdated machinery, old software or a difficult product history. “We took a greenfield approach to everything,” said Qoros CIO Wolfgang Grottke. “We have […]

automotiveIT Congress: Dudenhoeffer: Connectivity important for premium sector

Dudenhoeffer says xxx (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER – Connected cars will be important differentiators for makers of premium cars, but those manufacturers should be wary of potential data security issues, university professor Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer said Thursday. Dudenhoeffer, who heads the CAR research center at Germany’s University Duisburg-Essen, said that, while the auto industry can successfully develop a model for connecting cars, […]

automotiveIT Congress: T-Systems exec says digital transformation is a must

T-Systems executive Spreitzer….. (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER – Companies have no option but to embrace new digital technologies, a senior T-Systems executive said at the automotiveIT Congress on Thursday. “Transform or Die” was the title of a presentation by Thomas Spreitzer, senior vice president marketing at the German telecommunications service provider. Spreitzer said that companies failing to adopt 21st century business […]

automotiveIT Congress: eCall seen cementing automotive IT ties

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HANOVER – The ties between the automotive and IT industries will get a major push from the introduction in Europe of eCall, a senior German government official said Thursday. “At the latest with the firm introduction of eCall the connection of all cars with the internet can no longer be stopped,” said Cornelia Rogall-Grothe. Rogall-Grothe […]

automotiveIT Congress: GM’s MOTT says “IT is a strategic corporate asset”

GM CIO Randy Mott is insourcing 90 pc of IT services (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER – General Motors CIO Randy Mott said IT is a “strategic corporate asset” for the automaker. It can play a key role in boosting the speed of innovation, he said. Mott, who joined GM two years ago, has embarked on a complete IT revamp at the company, insourcing most services that were previously handled […]

Dassault Systemes CEO sees big changes in car engineering

Dassault Systemes' Charles says in-car electronics are too complex (Photo: Dassault Systemes)

Dassault Systemes CEO Bernard Charles expects big changes in car engineering as the industry deploys new product design and development technologies. In a telephone interview with automotiveIT, Charles, who has headed the Paris-based maker of 3D design and product lifecycle management software since 1995, said engineering and manufacturing will increasingly focus on the experience provided […]