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 […]

Jaguar attempts to redefine the cockpit

Jaguar Land Rover, in a research project, is reimagining the cockpit to give drivers better visibility and, thereby, reduce the rate of traffic accidents. The UK-based premium car group unveiled what it called a “360 virtual urban windscreen,” which uses transparent roof pillars to let drivers look all around their cars. And, to assist them with navigation, […]

Poll: Lower fuel prices change driving behavior

Lower fuel prices are boosting car use, while drivers are paying less attention to the way they drive, according to a German poll. “The drop in fuel prices is apparently working like a small stimulus program for car use,” said Konrad Wessner, head of the puls research institute, which conducted the study. A poll of […]

Study: Industry revenue is hit by data losses

German companies and larger public organizations have posted 33.6 billion euros less revenue in the past 12 months because they have lost data as a result of a technical problem, according to a new study. The EMC Data Protection Index, compiled by US-based software and storage group EMC, also found that data losses have risen […]

Point of View: The Uber case

(This Point of View was originally published in the October edition of the automotiveIT international Executive Report) In cities all over the world an ugly war is being fought by “traditional” taxi companies against a new form of competition from Uber and other ride-sharing services. These newcomers offer customers the ability to use a mobile application […]

Krueger to succeed Reithofer as next BMW CEO May 13

BMW’s head of production, Harald Krueger, will become the next CEO of the German premium car maker in May. He will succeed Norbert Reithofer, who will become chairman of the BMW supervisory board. BMW also announced that Klaus Froelich, 54, will become board member for development, succeeding Herbert Diess. Diess has been hired by the […]

In surprise move, BMW’s Diess to head VW passenger car brand

In a surprise move, BMW R&D chief Herbert Diess will move to Volkswagen  to head the brand’s core VW passenger car brand. He will take over  – on October 1, 2015 – from VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn, who will continue as chairman of the management board of Europe’s largest car group. “With Herbert Diess […]