GM appoints computer exec to run OnStar, infotainment

Since 2011, OnStar is available as an aftermarket option for non-GM vehicles (Photo: OnStar)

General Motors has hired a senior executive from computer maker Dell to run its global infotainment operations, which include the OnStar telematics unit. The carmaker said Mary Chan, senior vice president and general manager of Dell’s Enterprise Mobility Solutions & Services division, started at GM May 1 in the newly created role of “vice president […]

PLM survey: Standards needed for data exchange

plm data.automotiveIT

Manufacturing companies need a universally recognized standard for the exchange of product data across the supply chain, according to a survey of industry executives. The survey, conducted by Germany’s RAAD Research in cooperation with Contact Software and Siemens PLM, found that manufacturing companies are challenged by an absence of standards when exchanging information between production, […]

VW opts for new positioning system in high-bay warehouse

Car bodies are stacked 20 meters high at VW's high-bay warehouse in Wolfsburg (Photo: PSI Technics)

Volkswagen Group has decided to instal new software to operate a high-bay warehouse at its Wolfsburg factory more efficiently. The carmaker is replacing an old Trimble ICS5000L positioning systems with the so-called Positioning Solution System developed by German specialist PSI Technics. PSI said many aging high-bay warehouses, including Volkswagen’s facility in Wolfsburg, suffer from frequent […]

Ford integrates Baidu Ting, QQ Music Apps in new chinese Focus

Nigel Harris, general manager of China's Changan Ford Sales Company, shows the new Ford Focus ST at the Beijing Auto Show (Photo: Ford)

Ford is expanding the infotainment options in its new Chinese Focus model by integrating the popular Baidu Ting and QQ Music applications. The services will be available at no additional cost via smartphones that are connected to the carmaker’s voice-operated SYNC system. Ford said the integration was driven by the proliferation of smartphones in China […]

Interview: JCI’s automotive CIO on course to meet global targets

sanjay rishi jci-automotiveIT

Sanjay Rishi is CIO and group vice president, information technology, at Automotive Experience, the biggest division of US-based Johnson Controls. Rishi runs a global IT operation with between 400 and 500 people worldwide, not including a “partner ecosystem” of companies that provide a broad range of IT services to JCI.  The automotive division employs 80,000 […]

Bosch to buy Chinese infotainment company

Bosch developed a special navigation system for Volkswagen in China (Photo: Bosch)

Robert Bosch plans to acquire a majority shareholding in a Chinese maker of instrument clusters and infotainment systems. In a move designed to strengthen its position in China and East Asia, the German automotive supplier said it is buying a majority stake in a joint venture company of automaker Chery and an Australian group, Atech […]

JCI Automotive picks Siemens PLM Teamcenter software

siemens teamcenter.automotiveIT

Johnson Controls’ automotive division has chosen Siemens PLM’s Teamcenter as its corporate standard for collaboration and process integration. Siemens PLM Software, a division of Germany’s Siemens Group, said Johnson Controls Automotive Experience will use Team Center across its entire global product development operation. Siemens said it had won the contract in competition with at least […]

Garmin opens new offices in Shanghai, Stuttgart, Yokohama

Garmin, which manufactures navigation, communication and information devices and applications, wants to grow its automotive business (Photo: Garmin)

Garmin has opened new offices in three major markets as it boosts its global satellite navigation activities and expands its automotive business. The Swiss-based company, said new offices in Shanghai, Stuttgart and Yokohama are located close to leading carmakers and automotive suppliers. The company also recently opened a dedicated automotive office in Detroit. “Our new […]

McKinsey: China needs new EV strategy

China wants to boost EV sales to reduce traffic pollution (Photo: Anna Frodesiak/Wikimedia)

China needs to boost sales of range-extended electric vehicles, rather than focus too heavily on pure EVs, according to McKinsey. In a study of the Chinese EV market, the strategy consultants say it will be at least 10 years before pure EVs become a commercially attractive alternative to combustion-engine-powered cars. EVs with range extenders, on […]

BMW opens Connected Drive lab and Designworks studio in Shanghai

BMW's design chief, Adrian van Hooydonk (center), discusses details of the Vision ConnectedDrive concept (Photo: BMW)

BMW, stepping up its activities in China, said it has opened a Connected Drive lab and a design studio in Shanghai. The German premium car maker said its Connected Drive lab will allow key development initiatives to be directly linked to Asian markets. Alexis Trolink, who heads the Shanghai facility, said in a press release […]