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 […]

CIO change at BMW: Straub said to succeed Probst

BMW CIO Probst is retiring, sources say (Photo: Claus Dick)

Klaus Straub is expected to succeed ¬†Karl-Erich Probst as CIO of BMW Group at the end of August, industry sources say. Probst took over as head of BMW’s central IT department in 2006. He is leaving the company of his own accord, the sources say. Klaus Straub Straub used to be CIO of Volkswagen Group’s […]

Nokia to invest in connected-car technology

Nokia HERE is a mapping and location services provider (Photo: Nokia)

Nokia will invest 100 million dollars in connected car technology as the Finnish group focuses its business on networks, mapping and location intelligence and general mobility. Once the world’s leading maker of mobile phones, Nokia earlier this year completed the sale of its devices and services business to Microsoft. The newly launched “Connected Car fund,” […]

In BMW plant, gesture control is on trial

A worker can register a fault by swiping across a component (Photo: BMW)

BMW, in a test of so-called “Industry 4.0″ car manufacturing, is using camera-based gesture detection in a pilot project at its plant in Landshut, Germany. The premium car maker is trying out the technology for quality control of bumpers before they are mounted. The test¬†is designed to reduce the time and effort it takes to […]

Netherlands wants to approve large-scale self-driving car test

Dutch Cabinet Minister Schultz wants new laws to facilitate autonomous cars (Photo: Dutch government)

The Netherlands will introduce legislation in early 2015 to make autonomous driving on public roads possible in the near¬†¬†to medium term. The government will send a proposal to parliament outlining the legislative changes required to open the country’s traffic to driverless cars. The Netherlands, with its congested roadway system and almost 17 million people living […]

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, […]

Paris auto show

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The Paris auto show, which is held every second year in the French capital, will open its doors to the public October 4. The opening will be preceded by two press days, October 2 and 3. The gathering, which is spread out over 96,000 square meters of exhibition space at the Paris Expo, alternates with […]

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 […]

Tesla opens up patents to give boost to electric-vehicle market

The Tesla Model S is one of the best-selling electric sports sedans (Photo: Tesla)

Electric-vehicle maker Tesla is giving away all its patents in a move to accelerate¬†the global electric-car revolution. “Technology leadership is not defined by patents, which history has repeatedly shown to be small protection indeed against a determined competitor,” Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk said in a blog post. Instead, he said the technology leadership […]