Cluno, a Munich-based company, has been marketing cars under a subscription model since 2017. Maximilian Ehrlich, the startup’s head of data science, talked to automotiveIT about digital business models, the use of artificial intelligence and big data, and cooperation with traditional car dealers. Mr Ehrlich, how much potential do AI and big data offer when Read More..
Volkswagen takes investment in Diconium for digital services, starts Open Source Lab, partners with Cinemo for in-car media
The Volkswagen Group has acquired 49pc of the shares in Diconium, a German digital specialist. Diconium is to become a technology partner to develop new digital business models and services offered via the Microsoft-enabled Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, building on the Volkswagen We ecosystem. Based in Stuttgart, with around 800 employees in Germany, Portugal, the USA Read More..
The We generation: Volkswagen has big plans for its digital app ecosystem including retail tie-ups and Function as a Service (FaaS) in near future
Volkswagen has been steadily building up the capabilities of its digital We platform. The company was at the WebSummit 2018 expo in Lisbon, Portugal, to increase the number of partners and developers contributing to its growing portfolio of digital services. Paul Fisher met Christoph Hohmann, head of customer experience and communication at Volkswagen We, to discuss how Read More..
There are major inconsistencies in automotive industry digital strategy – but also major opportunities, reports a global study by BearingPoint, a management and technology consultancy (developed from the former KPMG and Arthur Andersen consultancies). The research, carried out March-April 2018 included the survey of 90 automotive sector executives across Europe, Asia and the US, as well Read More..
Our snapshot graphic shows the number of hashtag mentions that each car brand gets, not the following for individual official Instagram accounts. This gives a better understanding of the reach of the brand among Instagram’s 1 billion users worldwide. On this score BMW can readily claim to be the biggest auto brand on the Read More..
Retail trends could leave dealers squeezed between the demands of data rich car buyers and OEMs rapidly shifting business models
While disruption in the auto industry is already taking place in manufacturing, some OEMs are pushing change downstream where they feel more vulnerable to new entrants. Increasingly this means transitioning from a product-first focus, to a comprehensive product and service offering that will put customer relationships at the heart of the business. Report by Paul Read More..
Volkswagen has outlined its plan to restructure and digitalize its sales model. From spring 2020, it intends to expand its online business, including direct online sales, and to target customers via some different sales locations. Underpinning this will be a system of unique Volkswagen customer IDs, enabling more precise targeting of products and services to Read More..
Florida-based Gubagoo has announced a digital retailing solution enabling car dealers to sell vehicles via Facebook Marketplace. It claims that this enables customers to build a deal on a vehicle and get financing approved within 30 minutes, and to calculate payments, get a trade-in car valued, apply for rebates, and choose accessories and aftermarket services. Read More..
Daimler’s financial and mobility services division has made a strategic investment in Soul Machines, a start-up from New Zealand specializing in emotional intelligence for digital avatars. Daimler Financial Services intends to further develop these for use in its customer experience, having already worked with Soul Machines on a pilot project called ‘Sarah’, trialled at its Read More..
The Bosch IoT Suite of services is now on offer in China via Huawei Cloud. The first service available to Chinese developers is Bosch IoT Manager, for managing and controlling gateways, sensors and devices, with more to follow in 2019. An unnamed Chinese automotive manufacturer is already said to be deploying the Bosch IoT Suite Read More..