From Bosch, a new ESP plus targeted at smaller cars

Bosch's ESP plus gives automakers the option to easily integrate other safety and driver assistance functions (Photo: Bosch)

Bosch is rolling out a a new anti-lock braking system – ESP plus – that can  be combined with more features and is well-suited for smaller and mid-sized vehicles. The German automotive supplier said the newest version of its Generation 9 ESP allows the integration of many safety and assistance functions into the car. These […]

Germany’s Trumpf opts for Pool4tool supplier portal

At Trumpf headquarters in Ditzingen, southern Germany, all central processes are handled (Photo: Trumpf)taff

German machine-tool maker Trumpf has chosen the Pool4tool portal to improve its management of supplier relations. ESolutions from Pool4tool, an Austrian specialist for eBusiness and SAP software solutions, is used as a Cloud-based service. The processes are fully integrated into Trumpf’s SAP system. Trumpf’s main goal in implementing Pool4tool was to reduce the work that […]

BMW opens 2nd China plant

BMW, Brilliance and local Chinese officials attended the official opening of BMW's 2nd Chinese plant this week (Photo: BMW)

BMW and its joint-venture partner Brilliance opened a second plant in China,  increasing production capacity in the key market to 200,000 vehicles a year. The German premium car maker  and its partner will invest another 500 million euros to boost production capacity in China to 300,000 units in the medium term. And BMW CEO Reithofer, […]

SAP to acquire Cloud services provider Ariba

SAP's Ariba acquisition is set to boost the German group's Cloud-based offering (Photo: SAP)

SAP plans to acquire US-based Cloud services provider Ariba for about 4.3 billion dlrs. The German business software group said the acquisition, which is set to close in the third quarter, will combine Ariba’s buyer-seller collaboration network with SAP’s broad customer base and  business process expertise. That combination will help provide “new models for business-to-business […]

Altran bundles EV development activities in Barcelona

Altran and the Quimera consortium want to redefine racing with the all-electric drift car (Photo: Quimera)

Altran is bringing together all its electric-vehicle development projects at a new “Center of Excellence” in Barcelona. The high-tech engineering consultancy said it hopes to add 400 new staff at the facility in the next five years. Altran already employs 2,000 automotive specialists across 20 countries. Altran wants to focus increasingly on fundamental mobility issues […]

Mitsubishi Electric develops Volvo’s infotainment system

Volvo's new V40 has a fully graphic instrument cluster. The driver can choose from three themes(Photo: Volvo)

Volvo Car has selected Mitsubishi Electric to develop a next-generation infotainment system that will be on all new Volvo models from November, 2013. The Swedish carmaker said the new system will work in combination with its recently announced Sensus interface. Sensus forms the basis of Volvo’s strategy to make all functions accessible through a simple […]

VW, BASF offer award for electrochemistry research

VW is working hard on the introduction of electric vehicles (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen and BASF have established a 50,000 euro award for research that may lead to better high-performance energy storage. The award comes as the German auto industry is increasingly worried that for advanced battery technology, which is crucial for the growth of the electric-vehicle industry, it needs to rely on expertise from Asia. Martin Winterkorn, […]

Survey: Purchasers do without IT support

SAP and other sofware makers have limited success in corporate purchasing departments, a RAAD study shows (Photo: SAP)

Purchasing departments at German companies more often than not manage without IT systems that are tailored to their requirements. According to a survey conducted last year by Germany’s RAAD Research, fewer than 20 pc of 230 German companies interviewed use software that specifically supports the purchasing function. Instead, many use a mixture of Excel spreadsheets […]

Gentex to provide camera with driver-assist for Ford Explorer

gentex mirror.automotiveIT

Gentex said it will supply a new auto-dimming mirror with a camera-based driver assistance system for the 2013 Ford Explorer. The Michigan-based supplier said the system will use a multi-function camera combined with algorithmic decision-making to provide high-beam control, lane keeping and driver alert functions. Gentex developed the system together with Mobileye, a maker of […]

Automotive microsystems conference – Berlin

The two-day conference will take place at Harnack House in Berlin (Photo: AMAA)

The 16th International Forum on Advanced Microsystems for Automotive Applications will take place in Berlin May 30-31. The conference, which will focus on “Smart Systems for Safe, Sustainable and Networked Vehicles,” will look at how the car is changing and how IT is playing a greater role in this development. “ICT, components and smart systems […]