Daimler sells stake in Tesla

Daimler acquired a 9.1% stake in Tesla in 2009 (Photo: Daimler, Tesla)

Daimler has sold its 4 pc stake in Tesla Motors but said the cooperation between the two companies will continue. The German premium car maker, which is using Tesla’s battery technology in its new Mercedes B-Class Electric Drive, said the shareholding is not necessary to continue working with the California-based electric-car specialist. Daimler will realize […]

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 […]

IBM, SAP to cooperate on cloud-based business services

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IBM will start offering SAP infrastructure services to companies as part of a new strategic partnership between the US IT group and the German business software company. Under the pact, IBM will become a provider of cloud infrastructure services for business-critical SAP applications. SAP HANA, the company’s cloud-based analytics platform, will be available through the […]

German R&D platform for smart data innovation launched

The new platform hopes to turn big data into smart data (Photo: KIT)

A German research institute has launched a “Smart Data Innovation Lab” to develop tools to handle large amounts of data. The venture, led by the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), is supported by industrial companies Bayer, Bosch, EnBW, IBM, SAP, Siemens and Software AG. “We will jointly develop new algorithms and instruments to manage large […]

Study: Industry 4.0 mobile apps not meeting requirements

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Mobile computing is becoming ever more important in manufacturing, but many so-called “Industry 4.0″ apps aren’t meeting the needs of their users. That’s one of the conclusions from a study conducted by management consultants Bestgroup and Leuphana University in Lueneburg, Germany. The study polled both users and developers and found that their priorities differed. Users […]

Bosch-Siemens’ Sturm to become CIO of ZF

Sturm (pictured) is succeed Peter Kraus, who is retiring (Photo: ZF)

Juergen Sturm, currently CIO of the Bosch-Siemens domestic appliances joint venture, will become CIO ¬†of ZF Friedrichshafen at the end of the year. Sturm, 51, will succeed Peter Kraus, who is retiring. The Bosch executive joins ZF at a time when the German automotive supplier is set to greatly broaden its global footprint through 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 […]

TomTom cites big fuel-efficiency improvement at Toshiba fleet

TomTom's Webfleet dashboard lets fleet managers monitor a range of variables (Photo: TomTom)

A UK-based¬†Toshiba division has improved its fleet fuel efficiency by 27 percent using a TomTom telematics solution, the Amsterdam-based navigation specialist said in a press release. TomTom said Toshiba‚Äôs TEC European retail and sales and service support division increased fuel efficiency across its UK fleet by using TomTom’s Webfleet system. The technology monitors employees’ driving […]

Daimler’s Zetsche to keynote CES 2015

Zetsche earlier delivered a CES keynote in 2012 (Photo: Daimler)

Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche, keen to affirm the his car company’s connectivity credentials, will deliver a keynote address at¬†the 2015 International CES consumer electronics fair in Las Vegas in early January. Zetsche will discuss “autonomous vehicle technology and its impact on society, mobility and environment,” the¬†Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), which organizes the annual gathering, said. […]

carIT Congress: Daimler CIO’s personal agenda

Daimler's Gorriz (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — Daimler CIO Michael Gorriz provided some insight into his personal agenda Tuesday, when he told the annual carIT Congress here what the priorities for his department are. “Providing the best customer experience is at the center of all our activities,” he said, adding that, with the Mercedes me platform launched earlier this year, […]