Micro-hybrids to grow to 39 million vehicles by 2017 – report

Daimler's 2012 smart fortwo is avaialable with a micro-hybrid gasoline engine (Photo: Daimler)

Micro‐hybrids will grow nearly eight‐fold to 39 million vehicles by 2017, creating a $6.9 billion market for energy storage devices, according to a report by US-based Lux Research. Lux, a research firm specializing in emerging technologies, also predicted that micro-hybrids, which use a small battery to provide varying degrees of efficiency‐boosting features, will gain a […]

Business-IT alignment top priority for German IT managers – study

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Business-IT alignment is the top priority for German CIOs when it comes to securing the future of their companies, according to a survey conducted by CapGemini. The consultants, who interviewed IT managers at 156 major German corporations, also found that high on IT managers’ agendas was the integration of standard, off-the-shelf software with individual applications, […]

Copenhagen to adopt high-tech traffic management system

Bicycles play a big role in Copenhagen's transportation system (Photo: Wikimedia)

The city of Copenhagen is set to implement a high-tech traffic management system it hopes will reduce average CO2 emissions of city traffic. The city has awarded a 10 million euro contract to Dutch technical services provider Imtech to put in place a system that covers all 365 road junctions in Copenhagen. Imtech’s traffic management […]

Hiriko shows innovative city car that folds

Hiriko Chairman Jesus Achave (right) demonstrates the new city car to EU Commission President Barroso at a Brussels event (Photo: Hiriko)

A Spanish consortium plans to market a city car that folds, in yet another move to change driving habits in major metropolitan areas. The Hiriko car is being developed by a consortium from the Basque region of Spain in cooperation with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The car’s unique folding design makes it smaller than […]

In embedded systems, standardization seen as key

Embedded systems in the car will grow, according to a German survey (Photo: ESG)

FUERSTENFELDBRUCK, Germany — Automakers and suppliers see standardization as key to the growth of embedded systems, according to a survey of decision makers in the auto and aerospace industry. They also believe hardware and software can in future come from different companies and they see relatively good potential for service providers to play an important […]

EV configurator to help assess customer requirements

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German researchers have developed an electric car configurator that will give automakers better insight into real customer requirements. The configurator, built by technology management researchers of the Fraunhofer IAO Institute, not only lets potential EV customers virtually build the car of their choice. It also allows them to evaluate and rate the different aspects of […]

HMI solutions to grow strongly in cars, Frost & Sullivan says

In 2007 already, VW developed a prototype system to combat driver's "microsleep" (Photo: VW)

Further improvements are needed in the way drivers control the growing array of infotainment and safety features in the car, Frost & Sullivan said in a recent analysis. The researchers said cars’ so-called human machine interface (HMI) will increasingly integrate the controls of various functions into a single system. This will help reduce complexity and […]

Outsourcing on the rise, according to German poll

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Outsourcing is of crucial importance to the success of a company, according to 78 pc of top German decision polled in a recent survey. The poll, conducted by consultants Steria Mummert, found that 10 pc more executives than last year considered outsourcing of high importance. Outsourcing projects are on the agenda for 94 pc of […]

Bosch reaffirms plans to step up EV, internet investments

Bosch's Fehrenbach has been an outspoken commentator on major economic and business issues (Photo: Bosch)

Robert Bosch, which posted an 8.8 pc increase in 2011 sales to 51.4 billion euros, said it will intensify its activities in electromobility and internet-based services. The world’s largest automotive supplier said it is spending around 400 million euros a year on electric-vehicle technology. That reflects expectations that, by 2013, 21 projects for hybrid and […]

BMW, Daimler, Bosch to build joint data platform for EV charging

A standardized charging-station infrastructure is seen as critical to the growth of electric vehicles (Photo: RWE)

Automakers Daimler and BMW are teaming up with key German automotive suppliers and electric utilities to build a common data platform for electric-vehicle charging. The two premium carmakers plan to form a joint venture for this purpose with suppliers Robert Bosch and Siemens and utilities RWE and EnBW. They hope the joint data platform will […]