In Germany, a shortage of IT experts is growing

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Germany’s shortage of IT professionals is growing, as Europe’s largest economy continues to digitalize its industrial base. Companies are looking for 43,000 IT specialists, up 5 pc from a year earlier, according to a study by Bitkom, Germany’s high-tech industry association. Out of the total, 17,500 open positions are in the IT and telecommunications sectors, […]

Porsche names production boss to CEO position

Oliver Blume (Photo: Porsche)

Oliver Blume, head of production of the German sports car maker, will become the company’s CEO, succeeding Matthias Mueller, who has taken the top position at parent company Volkswagen Group. Blume, 47, takes up his new job October 1. Porsche also announced that its US head, Detlev von Platen, will be the brand’s new global sales […]

VW to recall 5 million diesel vehicles

VW is getting ready to recall 5 million vehicles (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen, plans to recall 5 million of its diesel-powered vehicles to fix engine management systems that have been programmed to lower emissions in official test cycles. The German carmaker said in a press statement that “the emissions characteristics” of customers’ vehicles will be corrected in the near future. It added that an internal evaluation had yielded […]

Autoliv joins Volvo’s Drive Me autonomous driving project

New technologies will let people safely do other things while the car does the driving (Photo: Volvo)

Swedish supplier Autoliv has joined the “Drive Me” autonomous driving project started by Volvo Cars. Drive Me, initiated by Volvo Cars in December 2013, involves 100 self-driving Volvos that use public roads in Gothenburg in everyday driving conditions. The cars are used by members of the public for daily use. The addition of Autoliv to […]

Study: Big data slow to take hold in transportation industry

PwC warns that, without big data analysis, logistics companies will lose competitiveness (Photo: Toll Collect)

Transportation and logistics companies are slow to implement big data and business intelligence tools, according to a study by consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers. Only 19 pc of companies surveyed are using the technologies as part of their business processes. According to the study, 35 pc of companies haven’t yet taken a look at big data and business […]

Ford, St Petersburg University develop robust connectivity

Ford is looking at space technology to build robust connectivity (Photo: Ford Motor)

Ford Motor Company and Russia’s St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University are in the final phases of research on advanced automotive connectivity. The project uses telematics expertise gained in space robot communications. “The challenge of creating a robust wireless communications network is shared between the space and automotive industries,” said Oleg Gusikhin, a technical leader at […]

Porsche’s Mueller to succeed Winterkorn as VW Group CEO

Matthias Mueller studied IT in Munich before joining the VW Group (Photo: Porsche)

Porsche boss Matthias Mueller will succeed Martin Winterkorn as CEO of the Volkswagen Group, the carmaker’s supervisory board decided late Friday. Mueller, 62, was one of the main candidates to take the position, following the resignation of Winterkorn on Wednesday. He is a Volkswagen Group veteran, who joined Audi in 1977 and has worked across the […]

carIT Congress: MHP consultant urges automakers to speed up

Herold (Photo: Claus Dick)

FRANKFURT – Automakers are making progress in adapting their development cycles to faster-moving partner industries, but they cannot yet match the agility of digital companies, said Bernd Herold, associated partner at management consultants Mieschke, Hofmann und Partner (MHP). In an address to the carIT Congress here, Herold said the auto industry needs to develop modular software libraries […]

carIT Congress: BMW exec says autonomous driving “not a hype”

Christoph Grote (Photo: Claus Dick)

FRANKFURT – A senior BMW research executive reaffirmed the industry’s focus on autonomous driving, saying the trend is “absolutely no hype.” Christoph Grote, who heads technology and innovation in BMW’s R&D department, told the carIT Congress here that autonomous driving will offer “premium driving comfort, more security and more traffic efficiency.” He cited driver distraction […]

carIT Congress: VW developing variable HMI concepts

Volkmar Tanneberger (Photo: Claus Dick)

FRANKFURT – Volkswagen is developing variable HMI concepts that can be adapted to a particular driving situation, a senior carmaker executive said Wednesday. “Future cars will need such driver-situation dependent concepts,” said Volkmar Tanneberger, head of of electrical and electronics development at Europe’s largest carmaker. In an address to the carIT Congress here, Tanneberger said […]