Google on top in autonomous-driving debate

Google's autonomous prototype has been one of the most talked-about car concepts (Photo: Google)

Google is the most influential¬†player in the public discussion about autonomous driving, according to a recent market survey. The survey, which was conducted by US market researchers Appinions, ranked Google number one, followed by chipmaker Intel, General Motors and Mercedes-Benz. Rankings 5 to 8 were taken up by Audi, Nissan, BMW and Volvo. Appinions said […]

Infosys, Daimler in data-center partnership

Daimler's connected cars rely on information channeled through its data centers (Photo: Daimler)

Infosys will manage Daimler’s global data centers as part of a multi-year agreement between the Indian IT service provider and the German premium car group. Infosys said in a press release that the agreement covers data center and infrastructure services management, the provision of e-collaboration and middleware services as well as supervising database operations. The […]

Tesla, Panasonic build US battery plant

The Tesla Model S electric sports sedan outsells traditional premium competitors in some markets (Photo: Tesla)

Tesla and Panasonic, seeking to lower costs for a core component of electric vehicles, will jointly build a large-scale battery plant in the US, the two companies said in a press statement. Tesla will prepare, provide and manage the land, buildings and utilities, while Panasonic will manufacture¬†cylindrical lithium-ion cells. The Japanese electronics group will also […]

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. […]