QNX joins Car Connectivity Consortium


QNX Software Systems has joined the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC), boosting the alliance’s efforts to establish standards for smartphone-based connected vehicles. The goal of CCC, which counts among its members many of the world’s major carmakers, automotive suppliers and consumer electronics and mobile phone firms, is to boost innovation and standardization of car connectivity solutions […]

A flying car or a street-legal airplane?

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The production prototype of a street-legal airplane completed its first successful flight, raising the possibility that cars will one day fly – or airplanes will become a regular feature on the world’s roads. The US based Terrafugia company said its Transition Street-Legal Airplane has also successfully conducted initial drive and conversion testing. The Transition is […]

IBM boosts analytics capacity with Varicent acquisition

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IBM has finalized the acquisition of Varicent Software in a move by the US IT services and software group to further grow its business analytics offering. Varicent, a privately held Canadian company, makes analytics software for compensation and sales performance management. The company’s products will become part of IBM’s Smarter Analytics line of software offerings. […]

In pilot project, IBM connects Honda cars to US power grid

IBM said communication between EVs and the grid provides a "ground-breaking" boost to the eletric vehicle industry (Graphic: IBM)

IBM, aiming to show how electric vehicles can interact with the power grid, has teamed up with Japanese carmaker Honda and US utility Pacific Gas and Electric in a pilot project to demonstrate the possibilities for individualized EV charging plans. The project will test how EVs can receive and respond to charge instructions based on […]

AutomotiveIT test-drives the LTE-equipped Audi A8

Audi is testing the new LTE mobile communication standard with a long-wheelbase A8 model (Photo: Audi)

Carmakers are increasing their efforts to improve car connectivity through the introduction of LTE. The new standard, which is set to increase the speed and capacity of mobile communications, is still in the trial phase in most countries. But experts expect the new mobile communication network to be fully operational in major markets within two […]

Hyperworks adds VehicleSim to partnership

Mechanical Solutions' CarSim software simulates the dynamic behavior of passenger cars, racecars, light trucks, and utility vehicles (Photo: CarSim)

Altair is expanding its Hyperworks computer-aided engineering software to include the use of Mechanical Simulation vehicle dynamics simulation tools. Altair, a US-based business software group, said in a press release that Mechanical Simulation’s CarSim, TruckSim and BikeSim products will be available to its users through the HyperWorks Partner Alliance. HWPA provides a comprehensive package of […]

Germany’s BITKOM: Basel III could hurt IT industry

EU member nations are planning to tighten rules governing bank lending

Germany’s IT lobby warns that plans for a Europe-wide tightening of credit regulation under the so-called “Basel III” rules will negatively affect many small and medium-sized IT companies. The European Union is currently discussing new rules that would force banks to increase reserves held against the loans they offer. That would lead to more restrictive […]

BMW’s i8 Concept Spyder further expands “i” brand

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BMW unveiled a fourth new model in its “i” range, underscoring the carmaker’s intentions to expand the new brand it is officially launching next year. The BMW i8 Concept Spyder is a plug-in hybrid powered by an electric motor and a gasoline combustion engine which, together, provide a combined output of up to 354 bhp. […]

Volkmar Denner to take over as Bosch CEO effective July 1

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Volkmar Denner, a Robert Bosch board member, will succeed Franz Fehrenbach as CEO of the world’s largest automotive supplier July 1. Denner, 55, is currently board member in charge of corporate research and advance engineering, product planning and technology coordination. In addition, he oversees Bosch’s automotive electronics and car multimedia divisions. Fehrenbach, who has been […]

Emerging markets use more Cloud apps – study

Tata Consulting projects that Cloud-based applications will grow sharply by 2014 (Photo: Tata Consulting)

Companies in emerging markets are leading the way when it comes to adoption Cloud-based application, according to a survey conducted by Tata Consulting Services. The US and Europe remain conservative about putting mission-critical and customer data in the Cloud, the survey of 606 managers in global companies with sales of more than 1 billion dlrs […]