automotiveIT Congress marks progress on road to connectivity

The congress featured a panel discussion on big data in the auto industry (Photo: Sylvia Steinbach)

LONDON — The auto industry is coming to grips with the broad implications of connectivity, but it will be a while before carmakers and drivers will start reaping the full benefits of new information technologies. In the meantime, ties between traditional carmakers and new automotive players will have to be strengthened; car retailing is in […]

VW implements Cross dealer management system

The Cross dealer management system helps integrate various operations (Photo: Cross)

Volkswagen has already installed its Cross dealer management system in 500 German dealerships and plans to add another 200 before the end of the year. By the end of 2015, VW hopes to have installed Cross in 1,000 dealerships throughout the country. The German carmaker said Cross, which was developed by VW Group brand Porsche, […]

Automechanika – Frankfurt

Automechanika is held every other year in Frankfurt (Photo: Messe Frankfurt)

The Automechanika trade fair, which will ¬†take place in Frankfurt Sep. 16 through 20, will have a special focus on tomorrow’s mobility. The fair, which is organized every other year at the Frankfurt fair grounds, will dedicate its Hall 10 to new technologies. Specialist companies will show products from areas that include¬†storage technology, charging infrastructure, […]

TRW opens tech center in Anting, China

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TRW is opening a technical center in China that will be its largest worldwide. The US automotive supplier group said the 66,000 square meter facility, which is located in Anting, near Shanghai, will have more than 20 scientific testing labs. Focus areas include braking, steering and suspension, occupant safety and safety electronics. The facility will […]

Salesforce aims to give “wearables” a corporate boost

Mercedes announced a tie-up with the Pebble smart watch company at the CES in January (Photo: Daimler)

In a move to speed up the integration of so-called “wearables” in corporate IT systems, is launching a developer kit specifically targeting the new mobile communications devices. Wearables, which include cloud-connected smart watches, glasses, wristbands and other devices that are worn on the body, only recently made their appearance. Google led the trend with […]

IFA – Berlin

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The annual IFA consumer electronics fair will take place in Berlin September 5 – 10, amid expectations that several top executives from the global¬†auto industry will, again, be presented at the consumer electronics event. Details of conference programs were unavailable, but last year, then-Ford CEO Alan Mulally was one of the keynote speakers at IFA. […]

Tesla Model X deliveries to start 2015

Tesla calls the Model X "a family car with performance roots (Photo: Tesla)

Reservation holders for Tesla Motors’ upcoming Model X were told by the electric sports sedan maker that production of the electric SUV would start in early 2015. Tesla informed reservation holders in an email that was widely posted on enthusiasts’ blogs that it would start building prototypes in Fremont, California, in the autumn of 2014. […]

T-Systems to offer more SAP Hana cloud solutions

With its Dynamic Services offering, T-systems aims to help customers reduce IT infrastructure investment (Photo: T-Systems)

T-Systems is expanding its partnership with SAP to make it easier for customers to try out the business software maker’s SAP Hana in-memory database products before full-scale implementation. The business services division of Germany’s Deutsche Telekom said customers can conduct “proof of concept” deployments of SAP Hana to see what benefits the software brings. The […]

SAP Automotive Forum – Leipzig


SAP will hold its 14th annual Automotive Forum in Leipzig July 1 and 2. The focus of the two-day event is on speeding up time-to-market, increasing customer focus, improving business models to boost margins and improving strategies to attack new markets. The world’s biggest business software group is hosting a gathering that features addresses from, […]

Salesforce1 World Tour, Munich


Salesforce is staging¬†a large customer event in Munich July 3 to provide further details of its new Salesforce1 customer platform. The one-day conference¬†will hear keynote addresses from Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff and various European executives from companies using the cloud-based software. Salesforce is the world’s biggest cloud-based CRM software provider. The US-based company […]