BMW tests hydrogen fuel-cell drive

BMW is testing a hydrogen fuel-cell electric drive vehicle, but isn’t making any predictions about a possible market launch. The German premium car maker, which showed journalists a 5 Series GT model with a fuel-cell powered electric motor, said the project is one result from the strategic collaboration it formed with Toyota in 2013. That […]

Continental develops electric drive for China

Continental has developed an electric drive for China in anticipation of an electric-vehicle boom in the world’s largest car market. The German automotive supplier said it will introduce the compact, cost-effective, and high-performance system at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The drive, which will combine an electric motor, transmission and power electronics in a […]

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

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

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

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 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. […]

KPMG: Most insurers unprepared for autonomous-driving era

If the US insurance industry experts’ predictions are any guide, it will be at least 10 years before autonomous cars will become a factor in driving. A recent survey of insurance executives carried out by consultants KPMG found that 84 pc of executives don’t see any significant impact on their business until 2025. Nearly three […]

Siemens awards cloud platform order to Atos

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 […]

Broadcasters press for in-car digital reception

Initiatives to replace FM with digital radio are speeding up across Europe, but the auto industry has been slow to follow suit in the car, broadcast executives say. That may be about to change as countries review the future of FM and begin switching off the nearly 80 year old radio platform. Such a switch-off […]

At JLR, a focus on brainwaves to improve safety

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 […]