Chinese robot density set to grow sharply

Starting from a low base, China is set to see a sharp increase in the use of robots in manufacturing, according the International Federation of Robotics (IFR). Today’s 200,000 robots in Chinese plants are set to double to more than 400,000 by 2017. That compares with a projected 300,000 in Europe’s five major markets in […]

Detroit auto show: Mercedes, VW target SUV segment

DETROIT — Mercedes-Benz will keep renewing its product lineup in coming years, with particular focus on premium SUVs, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche said Sunday. Speaking on the eve of the Detroit auto show, Zetsche noted that Daimler had launched 15 new vehicles over the past two years and that this “renovation” had been a major […]

CES: Ford wants to bring autonomous cars to mass market

Ford Motor wants to bring autonomous cars to the mass market but isn’t in a hurry to be the first to sell a driverless vehicle. “Our priority is not in making marketing claims or being in a race for the first autonomous car on the road,” Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields said in a keynote address […]

GM CEO sees further industry growth in US car market

The US car market is set to continue its expansion this year, GM CEO Mary Barra told reporters, predicting light-vehicle sales of between 16.5 million and 17.0 million units in 2015. Barra cited a strengthening economy as the main reason for the optimism. If confirmed, the 2015 sales numbers would be in the neighborhood of […]

CES: Daimler shows self-driving luxury concept

Daimler unveiled a fully connected self-driving research vehicle at this year’s CES, showing how the German premium car group sees the future of personal mobility in an increasingly urbanized environment. “The single most important luxury goods of the 21st century are private space and time,” said Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche on the eve of the […]

Audi tests “piloted driving” over 550 miles

Audi is taking journalists on a 550 mile test of its “piloted driving” technology, demonstrating how much progress the industry is making in its efforts to let systems take over at least some of the driver’s activities. The German premium brand, part of the Volkswagen Group, has been pushing hard to make the move from […]

automotiveIT publishes book about car industry’s future

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

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 […]

IBM adds data centers to offer companies more local storage

IBM, which wants to solidify its position as a leading provider of cloud-based services, has expanded its global data center network through the addition of 12 new locations. Nine of them are operated by partner Equinix, while the US-based software group is opening new data centers of its own in Frankfurt, Mexico City and Tokyo. […]

Sales ranking: GM slips to 3rd place in 2014

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 […]