Intel invests $100m in automotive activities

In 2010, Intel developed a connected car for IT test purposes (Photo: Intel)

Intel is investing 100 million dlrs in companies that are developing automotive applications. The US-based semiconductor group said its Intel Capital investment unit will support a range of hardware, software and services companies developing in-vehicle applications as well as car connectivity solutions. The move shows that Intel is recognizing the growth potential of IT in […]

Mueller takes over as CIO at Deutsche Telekom

Markus Mueller (Photo: Deutsche Telekom)

Markus Mueller has been appointed chief information officer of Deutsche Telekom and head of its new Telekom IT division. The German telecommunications group decided in December to merge the IT departments of all of its business units into one division in an effort to improve competitiveness and boost innovation. Mueller joins Telekom from insurance group […]

PSA expands use of Dassault’s Delmia to powertrain

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PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is extending Dassault Systemes’ Delmia software to its powertrain manufacturing operations. The move means that the French carmaker now uses the same Delmia tools and methodologies for assembly simulation, painting, factory layout, stamping and powertrain. Dassault, one of a handful of global suppliers of simulation and product lifecycle management software, said Delmia will allow […]

EV maker Fisker appoints Tom LaSorda as CEO

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Specialist electric-vehicle maker Fisker Automotive has appointed Tom LaSorda as CEO. Company co-founder Henrik Fisker will step aside to become executive chairman. Henrik Fisker will focus on building the Fisker brand in global markets as well as on the styling and design of future models. Fisker Automotive’s only car so far is the range-extend Fisker […]

OnStar teams up with Telefonica for global expansion

OnStar sofar is only available in North America and China (Photo: OnStar)

Onstar is teaming up with Spanish telecommunications group Telefonica to expand its telematics offerings globally. “Earlier this year we announced that OnStar is growing its global footprint,ā€¯ said Jon Hyde, director of OnStar Global Expansion. “This partnership is one of the first vital steps in that process.” OnStar, which is fully owned by General Motors, […]

VW chooses SAP for new CRM software

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Volkswagen Group has chosen SAP to reorganize its customer relationship managenemt software, industry insiders say. SAP, the world’s largest maker of business software, will provide CRM software for all passenger car brands belonging to the VW Group. Rollout will start in Germany in coming months and other countries, including Spain and Italy, will get the […]

Bill Ford: Carmakers, mobile companies must join forces

Bill Ford says mobile technology can help beat global congestion (Photo: Ford)

Bill Ford called on the automotive and mobile industries to work closely together to deal with the challenges posed by the growing number of cars clogging the roads in a world with ever more megacities. In a keynote address to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Ford, the chairman of the US carmaker that bears […]

With Aupeo!, BMW integrates 1st global 3rd-party iPhone App

BMW is rolling out globally a music App similar to Pandora in N. America (Photo: BMW)

BMW is launching the Aupeo! personal radio iPhone App, the first global application developed by a third party. The Munich-based premium car maker said Aupeo! will soon be available for all current BMW and Mini models. The launch of Aupeo!, a kind of personal DJ service similar to the North American Pandora internet radio service, […]

Geneva 2012: Delphi to show high-speed connected car

Delphi builds infotainment systems for many car brands (Photo: Delphi)

Delphi will show a specially designed car at the Geneva auto show to demonstrate seamless connectivity at high speeds. The US-based automotive supplier said the show car, designed by veteran designer Franco Sbarro, will showcase a range of Delphi technologies aimed at keeping drivers connected while on the road. The car, called F1for3, will feature […]

T-Systems to provide Daimler with Cloud-based internal communications system

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Daimler plans to roll out a suite of collaborative Cloud-based applications to its employees and has assigned the project to T-Systems, insiders say. About 200,000 of the German premium car maker’s employees will get online access to applications based on Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft SharePoint or Microsoft Lync. The technology will let Daimler staff worldwide participate […]