automotiveIT publishes book about car industry’s future

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MUNICH – Germany’s Media-Manufaktur has published a book that provides an in-depth look at how the world’s biggest car companies are preparing for an era of new mobility. The German business publisher, parent company of automotiveIT and automotiveIT international, said the new 88-page – English-language – book is titled “Automotive 4.0 – The Digital Revolution.” […]

Long road ahead predicted for fuel-cell electric vehicles

Hyundai's ix35 fuel cell vehicle has been on the road for several years (Photo: Hyundai)

OFFENBACH, Germany — Frank Meijer seems resigned to the fact that it will be a while until hydrogen-powered electric vehicles are a significant part of the car market. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” said the head of Hyundai Motor Europe’s fuel-cell vehicle program. “We won’t sell thousands of these vehicles overnight.” Fuel-cell cars, which […]

Sales ranking: GM slips to 3rd place in 2014

Hyundai posted stronger 2014 unit sales growth than  Toyota, Ford and GM (Photo: Hyundai)

General Motors, which has for years been a strong contender in the race to be the world’s biggest selling carmaker, slipped to third place in 2014, according to Germany’s Center of Automotive Management (CAM). Toyota and Volkswagen Group are expected to end the year neck-and-neck, with each set to post global unit sales of around 10 […]

Poll: Lower fuel prices change driving behavior

Lower oil prices have cut prices at the pump as well (Photo: Riau, Indonesia provincial govt)

Lower fuel prices are boosting car use, while drivers are paying less attention to the way they drive, according to a German poll. “The drop in fuel prices is apparently working like a small stimulus program for car use,” said Konrad Wessner, head of the puls research institute, which conducted the study. A poll of […]

Point of View: The Uber case

The Uber app lets customers book a car from their smartphone (Photo: Apple)

(This Point of View was originally published in the October edition of the automotiveIT international Executive Report) In cities all over the world an ugly war is being fought by “traditional” taxi companies against a new form of competition from Uber and other ride-sharing services. These newcomers offer customers the ability to use a mobile application […]

automotiveIT Congress – Hanover

Around 500 automotive and IT executives each year attend the Hanover Congress (Photo: Claus Dick)

The automotiveIT Group will host its annual Congress during the CeBIT high-tech fair in Hanover March 19, 2015. The event will focus on the new role IT is playing in tomorrow’s car industry. It is the 7th time the automotiveIT Congress takes place in Germany. The conference brings together around 500 executives from the automotive […]

Deutsche Telekom chief casts wary eye on Google

Hoettges sees the balance between infrastructure providers and service companies disappearing (Photo: Telekom)

Deutsche Telekom’s CEO doesn’t fear Google, but he closely watches any moves the California-based internet giant makes in the traditional telecommunications space. “I’m not afraid of Google; I take Google seriously,” Tim Hoettges told Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung in a recent interview. “Especially when they muscle into our core business, like when they offer free video-telephony or instant-messaging […]

Cisco sees data-center traffic tripling in 5 years

(Photo: Cisco)

Data-center traffic will nearly triple between 2013 and 2018 and cloud-based interactions will represent 76 pc of that traffic, according to a study by Cisco. The US-based networking specialist also predicted that, by 2018, half of the world’s population will have residential internet access and 53 pc of them will use some kind of personal cloud storage […]

Interview: Opel’s Neumann is committed to affordability

Neumann became CEO of Opel in March, 2014 (Photo: GM)

With a new CEO, a revamped strategic plan and a strengthened commitment from parent General Motors, Opel believes it is on the road to a sustained recovery. The European GM brand has for years suffered losses and weak sales, but its newest models are finding buyers and the company is improving its position in the […]

Salesforce expands offering, provides more integration with Microsoft

This year's Dreamforce gathering has 140,000 registered participants (Photo: Arjen Bongard)

SAN FRANCISCO — Salesforce.com opened its annual mega-convention here with a series of announcements that underscored the business software group’s determination to continue to grow its business sharply. The company announced at its Dreamforce event here how it plans to offer tighter integration with Microsoft productivity software. Salesforce and Microsoft signed a strategic cooperation pact in […]