GM’s OnStar, Verizon Wireless show Cloud-enabled vehicle

The Onstar-Verizon prototype offers a broad range of Cloud-enabled application options (Photo: GM)

General Motors’ OnStar and Verizon Wireless showed a research vehicle at the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that provides users with access to Cloud-based streaming content. The US carmaker’s telematics unit has teamed up with Verizon, a major US mobile network operator, to bring fast 4G connectivity into the automotive environment. The aim was […]

Study: Despite high expectations, Cloud computing growth is limited

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The global IT community expects a growing range of data and applications to move to the Cloud sooner rather than later. But, according to a German university study, the migration to the Cloud is moving more slowly than many have predicted. Researchers at the SRH University of Applied Sciences Berlin, in cooperation with Deutsche Telekom, […]

VW sets target for sustainable production

VW has installed energy-saving lights at its new Chattanooga plant in the US (photo: VW)

Volkswagen wants to improve the sustainability of its car plants by 25 pc between 2010 and 2018. The German carmaker said it will conserve energy, cut down on waste volumes, lower CO2 and other emissions and reduce its water consumption. “By 2018, we intend to make production at all our plants 25 percent more environmentally […]

Bosch, through acquisition, strengthens position in EV market

Robert Bosch plans to acquire voltwerk electronics GmbH from Conergy in a move to strengthen its portfolio of products for the growing electric vehicle industry. The German automotive supplier, the world’s largest in terms of sales, said that, pending regulatory approval, voltwerk, a Germany-based maker of electronic components and software solutions for photovoltaic arrays, will […]

Making engine control software development more efficient

VW is looking for tangible benefits from its cooperation with Clausthal University (Photo: VW)

Software development for engine control units is both complex and expensive. That’s why Volkswagen and Clausthal University of Technology are looking for ways to make this work more efficient. Europe’s largest auto company and the smallest technical university in Germany with barely 4,000 students have established the Institute for Applied Software Systems Engineering (IPSSE), a […]

Mercedes-Benz consolidates logistics, production systems

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Mercedes-Benz is moving ahead systematically with the modernization of its factories and that involves a consolidation of production and logistics systems. Those systems are the key to maintaining the flexibility today’s carmakers need to remain competitive. They are especially important to a builder of premium cars like Mercedes-Benz. The company’s production and logistics structures have […]

Dudenhoeffer: Do we really need Facebook in the car?

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Respected German automotive analyst Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer said he doesn’t think all new IT has a place in the car. “Isn’t the question: what do we really need in the car?” he said in an interview with automotiveIT. “Facebook? I don’t see it.” Dudenhoeffer heads the CAR Center Automotive Research, a non-profit research organization affiliated with […]

US transportation chief against ban on all in-car phone use

The NTSB voted unanimously to recommend a ban on the non-emergency use of portable electronic devices in cars (Photo: NTSB)

US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he doesn’t support a call by the country’s National Transportation Safety Board to bar drivers from making any phone calls at all while behind the wheel. “The problem is not hands-free,” LaHood told reporters, according to a report in the Detroit News. Instead the US administration official said efforts […]

Nissan, Microsoft will build new dealer management system

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Nissan and Microsoft will jointly build a next-generation dealer management system for the Japanese carmaker. The two companies said they would cooperate to develop a system that would provide both dealer and customer relationship management and social collaboration tools. It will be based on the Microsoft Dynamics CRM software and use the Windows Azure platform. […]

Renault unveils R-Link automotive tablet

Renault's R-Link will provide access to all functions of the car through an 18-cm touchscreen (Photo: Renault)

Renault has unveiled a tablet computer it plans to integrate in future car models. Called R-Link, the tablet will be fully integrated with the car and will feature multimedia connectivity with the outside world and with users within the car. The French carmaker also said the tablet is designed to be part of a “start-up […]