Software problem triggers recall of 433,00 Ford vehicles in N. America

Common architectures have led to more cars being recalled (Photo: Ford)

Ford Motor is recalling about 433,000 vehicles in North America to address a software problem that could leave the cars’ engines running even after drivers turn¬†the initiation key to the off-position. The US carmaker said the recall resulted from “an issue with the body control module” of the ¬†the various models, which include the 2015 […]

Salesforce raises ambitions in Europe

CEO Marc Benioff is the key speaker at the World Tour sessions (Photo: Salesforce)

MUNICH – With 7,100 guests registered to attend the German part of its World Tour, Salesforce.com is sending a clear signal that it aims to grow its presence in Europe. The San Francisco-based business software group has been on a roll worldwide, with sales jumping 32 pc in 2014 to 5.37 billion dlrs.¬†Co-founder and CEO […]

Siemens PLM expands partner program

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Siemens PLM and the German engineering group’s Technology to Business (TTB) division are expanding a manufacturing partnership program¬†to include robotics startups. Until now the so-called “Frontier Partner Program” made available Siemens PLM software to startups keen to develop 3D printing innovations. Now, however, entrepreneurs with a focus on robotics technologies can also qualify for the […]

At Ford, autonomous driving moves to next stage

Ford's autonomous vehicle project is moving to the next phase of development (Photo: Ford)

Ford Motor appointed a director of autonomous vehicle development and said it is moving ahead with its driverless-car project. The US automaker said 29-year Ford veteran Randy Visintainer will¬†lead a global team to work on the advanced program. Advanced engineering is the next step in bringing a feature to market. It follows the research phase. […]

Siemens awards cloud platform order to Atos

Siemens hopes the new platform will accommodate growth and boost efficiency (Photo: Kurt Bauer)

Siemens, which is moving business systems and processes from classic SAP ERP to SAP HANA, has awarded Atos¬†a six-year multi-million-euro contract to provide a cloud-based platform for data services. The consultant and systems integration specialist said the SAP HANA platform, which will be based on the x86 “bullion” server made by Bull, will support more […]

At JLR, a focus on brainwaves to improve safety

JLR says drivers can be distracted even when they seem to concentrate on driving (Photo: JLR)

Jaguar Land Rover is researching whether a car could capture a driver’s brainwaves to identify whether he or she is distracted. The research project, which is called “Mind Sense,” wants to see whether car systems could detect whether a driver isn’t fully concentrated, despite having his hands on the wheel and his eyes on the […]

Cox Automotive to buy Dealertrack

Kelley Blue Book is part of Cox Automotive (Photo: Kelley)

Cox Automotive said it plans to acquire Dealertrack, a maker of automotive retail software for 4 billion dlrs in cash. The US digital marketing group said that, together, the two companies will offer a bigger portfolio of products and services to consumers, dealers, lenders and car manufacturers. “Integrating our platforms will be a big step […]

JCI may sell automotive business

JCI presented an innovative interiors study at the 2013 IAA in Frankfurt (Photo: JCI)

Johnson Controls is exploring strategic options for its automotive business, whose core products are seating¬†and interior systems. The US-based automotive supplier, which is among the top providers of seating systems to the auto industry, said a possible divestment would let it focus more directly on its other two business areas; energy storage and building efficiency. […]

With new CEO, Visteon puts focus on the connected car

The e-bee concept shows Visteon's ambitions in in-car infotainment (Photo: Visteon)

Visteon completed the sale of a climate control subsidiary as part of its strategy to become what it termed “a technology-focused pure-play supplier of automotive cockpit electronics and connected car solutions.” The Michigan-based automotive supplier also announced that it had appointed former top Harman International executive Sachin Lawande¬†as its new CEO, succeeding Tim Leuliette, who […]

Bosch invests 800 million euros in new office software

Bosch (Photo: Robert Bosch)

Robert Bosch is investing 800 million euros in new office software as part of its goal of becoming “a globally connected, agile company.” The German automotive supplier, whose business focus is moving away from traditional automotive components to connected-car and internet-of-things technologies, said the software investment is part of its “Next-Generation Workplace” project. This aims […]