Toyota, Intel join forces on next-generation infotainment

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Toyota and Intel are teaming up to develop the next generation of in-vehicle infotainment systems. Intel, the world’s biggest chipmaker, said the two companies hope to devise new usage models for connecting mobile devices in the car. The cooperation took shape amid expectations that connected cars will be the third-fastest growing technology-powered devices, following smartphones […]

TELEMATICS UPDATE: No role for smartphones in Europe’s eCall

eCall emergency calls need to reach call centers without delay (Photo: EU, ADAC)

MUNICH –Smartphone integration may be one of the hottest issues in automotive infotainment, but the ubiquitous end-user device will not play a role in Europe’s eCall initiative. The EU Commission wants the Europe-wide emergency calling system to be mandatory in cars from 2015. But implementation across all of the bloc’s 27 member nations has been […]

Telenor Connexion will connect Renault EVs in Europe

The Renault Fluence ZE EV will be connected by Telenor Connexion (Photo: Renault)

Renault will use Telenor Connexion to provide connectivity for a range of electric and traditional models in Europe. The French carmaker plans to roll out several electric vehicles, including the Kangoo ZE and Fluence ZE, which will be connected to a global data center operated by Renault. Telenor will also connect the traditionally powered Kangoo […]

From Siemens PLM, millions of parts in 3D

Configurable parts can be viewed in 3D detail (Photo: Siemens PLM)

Siemens PLM has launched a new internet portal where users of its Solid Edge software can review millions of parts and components in 3D CAD models. The German maker of product-lifecycle-management software said the portal allows users to configure parts virtually in real time and then include them in a product. The portal was built […]

Deutsche Telekom CIO Roehn said to depart

Roehn is rumore to leave in a major internal reorganization (Photo: Telekom)

Deutsche Telekom CIO Steffen Roehn will be leaving the German telecommunications group as part of a major reorganization, according to several press reports. Deutsche Telekom declined to comment on the reports. According to Bloomberg and several other print and online publications, Roehn will depart as Telekom pursues a major cost-saving reorganization that will, in coming […]

ZF has 1st customer for Openmatics

Openmatics-equipped Pullman buses in Milan will have two apps (Photo: ZF)

ZF’s Openmatics system will be installed on 35 Air Pullman shuttlebuses that transport people between Milan’s Malpensa airport and the city center. Air Pullman is deploying the ZF telematics platform with two apps, the “All vehicles overview,” which shows the Openmatics-equipped buses on a map; and the “Work Report” app, which shows whether a bus […]

Frischkorn to head ESG automotive operations

Frischkorn will take over as head of ESG Automotive Jan. 1 (Photo: VDA)

Hans-Georg Frischkorn will take charge of the automotive business of Germany’s ESG January 1, 2012. The systems and software provider said Frischkorn, currently a managing director at Germany’s auto industry association, the VDA, will succeed Wolfgang Sczygiol, who is retiring. ESG said Frischkorn brings strong expertise in automotive electronics to the group. He has held […]

AUTOSAR agrees to extend reach beyond auto industry


The Autosar partnership has decided to extend its reach beyond automotive applications. The group, whose aim is to develop an open, standardized software architecture for the auto industry, includes major carmakers as well as automotive suppliers. Autosar stands for Automotive Open System Architecture). The partnership said in a press release that the standards it has […]

SAE World Congress

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“Get Connected” is the theme of the 2012 SAE World Congress, which will take place in Detroit April 24-26. SAE International, a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and technical experts, organizes an annual conference and exhibition that tends to focus on the major new trends in automotive technology. In 2012, the organizers want […]

At IBM, Virginia Rometty to become new CEO

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Virginia Rometty will become president and CEO of IBM January 1, the first woman to take the top job at the US IT and computer services group. The current CEO, Samuel Palmisano, will continue as chairman of the board, IBM said in a press release. Rometty, 54, currently serves as IBM senior vice president in […]