Top N. American Toyota exec predicts more alliances

N. America chief Inaba has a long to-do list for in-car IT functions (Photo: Toyota)

Toyota’s top North American executive said the carmaker will likely engage in more alliances and partnerships to meet customer demands. “When you ask the question…’What do customers want?’ most people in business today will answer with one word: Everything!” said Yoshi Inaba, president and COO of Toyota Motor North America. “Even the world’s largest automakers […]

TRW says new display makes controlling in-car functions easier

TRW says its display makes controlling vehicle functions faster and easier (Photo: TRW)

TRW is developing a new type of display that will make it easier to control in-car and other functions at the touch of a fingertip. The US based automotive supplier said its multi-graphic projection display will transform traditional control systems. It will likely be ready for production this year. “Just as today’s remarkable smart phones […]

Ford to showcase B-MAX at Mobile World Congress

Bill Ford will unveil the B-MAX and hold a keynote speech at the Barcelona event (Photo: Ford)

Ford Motor Executive Chairman Bill Ford will unveil the carmaker’s new B-MAX model at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. The presence at the gathering of the Ford chairman underscores the growing importance of mobile communications for the car industry. The official automotive unveiling of the B-MAX will take place at the […]

Mazda develops new anti-collision braking system

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Mazda Motor has developed an automated anti-collision braking system that will be available on the new CX-5 SUV it will launch this year. The Japanese carmaker said in a press release that its Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) system will use a laser sensor to detect obstacles. The technology will then automatically reduce the extent […]

German top execs don’t see need for more data security – poll

Consultants Steria Mummert find views differ on data security measures in German companies (Photo: Singapore government)

A majority of German top executives don’t see any need for more data security in their companies, according to a survey by consultants Steria Mummert. The poll, conducted in the second half of 2011 among 205 senior German executives, found that two-thirds of the board members interviewed felt their companies are doing enough to safeguard […]

CeBIT 2012 – Hanover

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This year’s CeBIT high-tech fair will pay special attention to the growing importance of IT to the auto industry. The annual event, the world’s biggest IT fair, will include a special automotive focus under the “Digital Drive” banner. Various automakers, suppliers and service providers will provide solutions that are increasingly finding their way into the […]

Suzuki, UK’s Intelligent Energy to develop fuel cell system

IE CEO Henri Winand (left) presents Suzuki Chairman Osamu Suzuki with a commemorative plaque marking the formation of Smile (Photo: IE)

Suzuki and Britain’s Intelligent Energy Holdings will jointly develop an air-cooled fuel cell system that will  be able to power a future vehicle. The two companies have formed a 50-50 joint venture called Smile FC System Corporation that will develop and manufacture the system together with an Intelligent Energy subsidiary. Smile will  be run by […]

Visser leaves Opel for Chevrolet; Sedran joins board

At Opel, Visser (left) is leaving to join Chevrolet, while consultant Sedran is joining the German GM brand (Photo: GM)

Opel gained a new board member for operations but lost senior executive Alain Visser to General Motors sister brand Chevrolet. The German car company said Thomas Sedran, a senior consultant with AlixPartners, will join Opel as board member in charge of operations, business development and corporate strategies. Sedran, 47, will be an Opel/Vauxhall vice president […]

automotiveDAY – Hanover

More than 400 people attended the automotiveDAY conference in 2011 (Photo: automotiveIT)

The fourth annual automotiveDAY conference will focus on the role of IT in fostering growth in the auto industry. Speakers will focus on a range of topics, including the role of IT in boosting growth in the industry; how Cloud computing benefits global companies; the outlook for mobile IT; and how IT consolidation can lower […]

4th Autosar open conference – Paris


The Autosar development partnership has scheduled its fourth Open Conference for June 11 at the Hilton Hotel at Roissy Airport outside Paris. The partnership plans to discuss achievements so far in implementing the third phase of Autosar and set the stage for further initiatives to follow on phase 3. Participants can register for the conference […]