Porsche acquires 10 pc of Inrix

Volkswagen Group wants to invest in connectivity (Photo: VW)

Porsche Holding has acquired a 10 pc stake in Inrix, underscoring the importance of connected information for the Volkswagen Group. Citing the quickly growing need for traffic-related information and data-based solutions, Porsche board member Philipp von Hagen said: “We see a tremendous potential in this segment of the automotive value chain.” Von Hagen, who is in […]

Study: Consumers warm to usage-based insurance

73 percent of fleet manager say commercial auto
insurance is extremely
important (Source: LexisNexis)

Consumers in the US are growing more comfortable with usage-based insurance policies, according to a new study. According to the 2014  LexisNexis Insurance Telematics Study, insurance rate discounts are still the main driver for consumers, but other factors are starting to play a role in increasing acceptance levels. Safety and security considerations are a major […]

Inrix, PTV cooperate on smart-city mobility

Inrix …. (Photo: Inrix)

PTV and Inrix plan to work together to provide modeling software to address mobility issues in smart cities. PTV, a Germany-based logistics software group, and Inrix, a provider of real-time traffic information, said the cooperation will combine PTV’s analytics tools with the traffic data gathered by Inrix. In addition, the two companies will jointly market […]

AT&T offers 6 apps for connectivity platform

AT&T directly addresses the needs of the auto industry at its At&T Drive studio (Photo: ATT)

AT&T is offering carmakers six new voice-enabled apps that will add features such as weather forecasts, parking updates and personalized radio to its its connected-car platform. The US wireless company said the apps were developed by AccuWeather, Glympse, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Streetling and Tribune Digital Ventures. “Each of these apps provides an enhanced in-car experience for users […]

Study: VW could be world’s biggest carmaker in 2014

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A new study predicts that Volkswagen Group, which wants to be the world’s biggest automaker in terms of unit sales by 2018, could achieve that goal this year already. Europe’s largest automaker has “a good chance” to reach the target in 2014 after selling more cars than Toyota in the first half of the year, […]

Newspaper: Russia mulls car import restrictions

Expanded sanctions may depend on new western moves, Moscow officials say (Photo: Azov/Wikimedia)

Russia may impose import restrictions on foreign-made cars if European and US sanctions are expanded further, according to a local newspaper. The newspaper, Vedomosti, said it had been told by two government officials that Moscow could resort to such action should western countries impose tougher sanctions on Russia. The EU and the US last month […]

IAA Commercial Vehicles – Hanover

The IAA features demonstrations of the latest trucking technologies (Photo: IAA)

The Hanover commercial vehicles fair (IAA) will take place September 23 through October 2. The show, which is held every other year, kicks off with two press days, Sept 23 and 24, before opening to the public Sept. 25. The fair will highlight the importance of road transportation for the European economy. At a press seminar […]

Dreamforce – San Francisco

Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff hosts the annual Dreamforce convention (Photo: Salesforce)

Salesforce.com will host its Dreamforce convention in San Francisco October 13 through 16. The annual gathering, which brings together more than 100,000 IT professionals and users of Salesforce software, is a forum for discussions about the latest IT trends, the role of technology in today’s world and a broad range of other issues. This year’s […]

Pelata to carmakers: Watch out for Google

Pelata addresses IT executives during a Salesforce convention in Paris June 26 (Photo: Salesforce)

MUNICH – Google may not be a direct competitor to established automakers yet, but the internet company’s drive to capture customer information is a threat to car brands. That’s the message Patrick Pelata, head of Salesforce.com’s automotive operations, is sending to the auto industry. “I think Google is competing with carmakers in the area of […]

Study: Dealers need IT upgrades

Dealers… (Photo: Renault)

Car dealers need to do more on the IT side to improve service and focus more clearly on the customer, according to a new study conducted by Germany’s Autohaus magazine and consultants NTT Data. Four out of every five experts questioned said that, although tablet PCs are gaining in importance in the dealership, only 18 […]