German Rail, Telekom in EV, car-sharing partnership

With Flinkster, German Rail runs one of the largest car-sharing operations in the country (Photo: Flinkster)

Deutsche Telekom said it has agreed on a strategic technology partnership with Deutsche Bahn to help the German national railway system grow its electric-vehicle car-sharing and fleet management operations. The two companies want to achieve closer networking of trains, cars and energy systems Witn Flinkster, Deutsche Bahn runs one of the largest car-sharing networks in […]

Hackenberg explains VW’s new infotainment architecture

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Volkswagen Group is rolling out a new modular infotainment system (MIB). The German carmaker hopes MIB will give it the tools to provide its customers state of the art infotainment systems that can be tailored to each of its brands and updated quickly and easily. Ulrich Hackenberg, member of the VW brand management board and […]

With BAIC tie-up, Hella wants to move into Chinese passenger car market

Hella and BAIC executives celebrate the signing of their joint venture agreement (Photo: Hella)

Hella plans to expand its Chinese activities into passenger car lighting systems by teaming up with BAIC, one of the country’s biggest automotive groups. The German automotive lighting specialist said BAIC will own 50 pc of a local lighting systems joint venture, Beijing-based Hella Beifang Automotive Lighting Co. Ltd. (HBL). Until now, Hella has mostly […]

Verizon to acquire Hughes Telematics

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Verizon Communications said it will acquire Hughes Telematics in a move designed to boost the US based wireless communications company’s capabilities in the automotive and fleet telematics marketplace. Verizon will pay 612 million dlrs for the telematics company. The acquisition will accelerate Verizon’s growth in business areas such as machine-to-machine services applications and other telematics-based […]

Booz study: IT services, system integration losing in importance

Microsoft is the highest ranked company in a Booz analysis of the best-performing global IT providers (Photo: Microsoft)

Software providers and internet companies are the best performers in the global information and communication technology sector, according to a new study. An analysis of the world’s 50 biggest ICT companies by consultants Booz & Company found that software providers such as Microsoft, Oracle and SAP and internet companies such as Google were realizing sales […]

A successful road test of vehicle platooning

In the Sartre roadtrain test, gaps between vehicles driving 85 km/h were only 6 meters (Photo: Volvo Car)

A consortium that includes Volvo Car and Volvo Trucks successfully conducted a public road test of platooning, an experimental technology that lets vehicles automatically follow a lead vehicle with the help of in-car cameras and sensors. The technology can be a major step in the direction of autonomous driving. The road ¬†test, which involved three […]

New BMW 7 Series features customizable instrument display

BMW's customizable instrument panel is a 600 euro option on the new 7 Series (Photo: BMW)

BMW’s new flagship 7 Series features an optional multifunctional instrument display that lets drivers decide how they want to look at key information. The 600 euro display option retains the traditional format of four circular instruments. But the driver can now decide what the layout will look like in detail. The 10.25 inch display can […]

Delphi set to acquire connection systems maker

Through the acquisition of MVL Delphi hopes to strengthen its position in electronic car components (Photo: Delphi)

Delphi has entered exclusive negotiations to acquire the automotive connection systems business of FCI Group from investment company Bain Capital. FCI is a leading maker of high-performance interconnection systems. The Motorized Vehicles division (MVL) had 2011 revenue of 692 million euros. Delphi is offering to pay 765 million euros for the operations, which will become […]

Tesla adds another US dealership ahead of Model S launch

Tesla, whose Model S premium sedan goes on sale in June, has 22 dealerships worldwide (Photo: Tesla)

Electric sports car maker Tesla is opening another dealership in the US Friday ahead of the launch of its Model S electric premium sedan. The California-based specialist EV maker is opening the dealership, its 22nd worldwide, at the Westchester shopping center in White Plains outside New York. The facility will feature an exhibit of the […]

From Bosch, a new ESP plus targeted at smaller cars

Bosch's ESP plus gives automakers the option to easily integrate other safety and driver assistance functions (Photo: Bosch)

Bosch is rolling out a a new anti-lock braking system – ESP plus – that can¬† be combined with more features and is well-suited for smaller and mid-sized vehicles. The German automotive supplier said the newest version of its Generation 9 ESP allows the integration of many safety and assistance functions into the car. These […]