German testers: In-car electronics hard to handle for many drivers

Drivers worry about being distracted but they also appreciate new safety and comfort features

For most drivers many new electronics functions in passenger cars are difficult to manage, according to a recent survey carried out in Germany by DEKRA, a major testing and certification company. In the survey, 77 pc of all drivers had trouble operating in-car electronic devices, with 40 pc worried that too much technology can be […]

Bosch-Samsung battery JV may be dissolved – Financial Times Deutschland

SB Limotive builds battery systems for the new generation of electric vehicles (Photo: SB Limotive)

A four-year old battery joint venture between Germany’s Robert Bosch and Korea’s Samsung may be dissolved because the two partners’ business priorities are too diverse, according to the Financial Times Deutschland. The newspaper said Bosch, the world’s largest automotive supplier, needs the joint venture, SB Limotive, to focus on building complete battery systems for electric […]

Jaguar Land Rover, Chery agree on China JV

Land Rover showed a convertible version of its Evoque model at this month's Geneva auto show (Photo: Land Rover)

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Chery Automobile confirmed they will jointly build JLR models and other cars in China, in a move to boost the presence of the British brands in the world’s largest market. The two carmakers will also establish a joint r&d center in China and will build engines together. And they plan […]

Munich Management Colloquium: Winterkorn, Bohr see different resource opportunities

VW CEO Winterkorn (left) and Bosch Automotive CEO Bohr will speak in Munich March 20

MUNICH — Top industry executives speaking at this year’s Muenchner Management Kolloquium provided various interpretations of the conference topic: Growth through resource efficiency. But they agreed that, by making better use of available resources, companies can save money, boost productivity and improve their competitive position. Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn highlighted his company’s drive to become […]

PLM suppliers in Germany see strong growth continuing

The PLM industry is benefiting from strong demand through the IT sector (Photo: wikipedia)

PLM software suppliers in Germany see strong growth continuing despite expectations of an economic slowdown this year. At a meeting in February of the sendler\circle, an association of PLM service providers in Germany, company representatives said growth in the industry is only held back by a shortage of qualified engineers. PLM suppliers expect double-digit growth […]

NXP supports 48 volt electrical systems


NXP has developed a new family of Flexray transceivers aimed at helping carmakers introduce higher voltage electrical systems. The Netherlands-based semiconductor group said it is now offering carmakers a new family of 48 volt transceivers capable of supporting electrical architectures operating at up to 60 volts. The move follows an agreement by BMW, Audi, Daimler, […]

1,500 software engineers wanted at Germany’s Continental

Continental expects the connected car to generate additional programming demands (Photo: Continental)

Continental is looking to add about 1,500 new software developers to its global workforce in a bid to stay competitive with products that rely ever more on sophisticated IT components. The German automotive supplier group, one of the world’s largest, wants to  boost the number of software developers it employs from 10,000 to 11,500 by […]

Russia to overtake Germany as biggest European car market

Russia is set to become the world's 5th largest national market(Photo: Dmitry Azovtsev, wikimedia)

Russia is set to overtake Germany as Europe’s biggest market this year, according to the Center of Automotive Management (CAM). The German automotive think tank predicted that sales of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles (LCVs) in Russia will rise 20.6 pc to 3.20 million units this year, while German sales are expected to slip […]

Bosch opts for IBM Connections software

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Robert Bosch has decided to use IBM Connections software to deepen the integration of social media in its office procedures. The German automotive supplier decided on IBM because the US based IT services and computer company offered a highly standardized package of software that is easy to use and can be expanded down the road. […]

Mercedes starts eCall rollout June 1

eCall is designed to provide faster and more targeted emergency assistance (Photo: ADAC)

Mercedes-Benz will start equipping new models with an eCALL-conform emergency warning system from June 1. The German premium car maker, a member of the Daimler Group, said new Mercedes models such as the new B-Class, C-Class, E-Class and M-Class will be equipped with the system, which automatically calls an emergency number after a serious accident, […]