automotiveIT magazine: Visiting VW’s new data lab

Volkswagen recently opened a new data lab in the trendy Schwabing section of Munich. automotiveIT’s Hilmar Dunker paid a visit and discovered a research facility with a singular focus on implementing digital innovations across the VW Group. “We want to bring  big data and advanced analytics into the company – and do it quickly,” said […]

automotiveIT magazine: Audi, BMW, Mercedes embrace digital

Germany’s three premium brands are using digital technology to post higher sales, despite declining showroom traffic. In interviews with automotiveIT international, the sales and marketing chiefs of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz explained how their companies are catering to a new generation of car buyers, which does its research online and is looking for a physical […]

Apple will build 2 data centers in Europe

Apple will build two data centers in Europe, spending 1.7 billion euros to construct and operate the facilities, which will be located in Ireland and Denmark. The US based consumer technology group said the centers will provide the European backend for online services that include the company’s iTunes store, its app store and various applications. […]

Report shows connected car data, privacy vulnerabilities

A US report published this week shows how connected cars may be vulnerable to hackers.The paper, based on answers to questions by 16 major car manufacturers, highlights growing concerns that networking cars with the world around them poses potential security risks. “The responses from the automobile manufacturers show a vehicle fleet that has fully adopted […]

At Audi plant, a new form of human-robot cooperation

There’s nothing new about robots building a major part of the car, but Audi has introduced a new process that lets these robots cooperate more directly with human plant workers. The German premium car maker said it has deployed a robot that works hand-in-hand with humans, without a safety barrier in between. The technology enhances […]

Gartner laments absence of internet-of-things standards

The internet of things will be marked by a notable absence of business or technical models in coming years, according to market researchers Gartner. Through 2018, the company predicts there will be no dominant internet-of-things ecosystem platform. Most IoT projects will continue to contain custom elements and there won’t be any dominant technology service providers […]

Ford looks at Apple, Amazon for clues to successful transformation

Ford Motor said it would study companies such as Apple and Amazon to learn how to successfully manage a major industry transformation. Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields, in an address to the International CAR Symposium in Bochum, Germany, announced that the US-based carmaker has entered into a research cooperation with Aachen University to launch the […]

Bosch CEO: Low fuel prices won’t hurt pace of electrification

Low oil prices won’t lead to a slowdown in the pace of automotive electrification, Robert Bosch CEO Volkmar Denner said at a conference. The German supplier is sticking to its forecast that roughly 15 pc of all new cars sold worldwide will have at least a hybrid powertrain by 2025. The Bosch CEO, speaking at the […]

Global 2015 car sales forecast to rise 2.4 pc

Global car sales are set to rise 2.4 pc to 88.3 million units, despite widespread geopolitical and economic uncertainties in many parts of the world, a leading market forecaster said this week. It would mark the fifth consecutive year of higher unit sales growth. According to market researchers IHS Automotive, China will lead the global […]

CeBIT, Hanover

The annual CeBIT fair, which takes place March 16 through 20, will have a strong focus on the biggest trends shaping the digital economy. The event, which is billed as the leading trade fair for IT and the digital economy, will be officially opened on Sunday, March 15, by German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Also speaking […]