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 […]

Stanford researchers design magnetic highway for wireless EV charging

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Researchers at Stanford University have designed a system that would let electric vehicles wirelessly recharge their batteries while driving on a highway. The technology involves the use of magnetic fields to wirelessly transmit large electric currents between metal coils placed several feet apart along the highway. The electric vehicle, which would also have a metal […]

Worker motivation software takes broad view


A German institute has developed software that can help companies deploy a more sophisticated worker-incentive program. The Institute for Integrated Production (IPH), which belongs to Hanover’s Leibniz University, teamed up with partners from industry to develop the software, which aims to not just reward workers for productivity, but also takes into account their performance in […]

Resellers association to move seat close to SAP headquarters


One of the world’s largest communities of SAP resellers is moving its main office close to the headquarters of the business software group in Walldorf, Germany. UnitedVARs, which has 20 core partner companies worldwide serving mostly small and mid-sized enterprises, was founded last year. Its aim is to deliver one-stop-support to international customers under the […]

Siemens PLM: “Unreserved support” for PLM openness codex

Chuck Grindstaff (Photo: Siemens)

Siemens PLM Software CEO Chuck Grindstaff is a big believer in open systems. The head of the business software division of Germany’s Siemens is confident his products can compete in a fully open environment. In an interview with automotiveIT, Grindstaff, a 33¬† year Siemens veteran, also discussed Siemens new products, the changes in automakers’ PLM […]

A smartphone App to capture vehicle data

Smartphones Apps may soon be used to transfer vehicle data (Photo: Apple)

Students at Heilbronn University in Germany have developed an App that can capture vehicle data and use a smartphone to relay them to a repair shop. “A cheap smartphone will do the trick” said Ansgar Meroth, professor at Heilbronn’s Automotive Systems Engineering department. The app that Meroth and his students developed will let a smartphone […]

CeBIT: Bosch, inubit to show joint product portfolio

Bosch and inubit will show the new version 6.1 of the inubit Suite software (Photo: inubit)

Automotive supplier Robert Bosch and its recently acquired inubit business process management unit will present their first joint product portfolio at the upcoming CeBIT high-tech fair in Hanover. Bosch, the world’s largest automotive supplier acquired inubit last year in a move that underlined its high expectations for internet-enabled services. In their joint stand, Bosch and […]