Jaguar Land Rover invests in advanced engineering

Jaguar Land Rover is expanding its advanced¬†engineering and design center in Whitley, England, in a move to speed up the development of technologically sophisticated premium vehicles. The British carmaker, which is owned by India’s Tata Group, said in a press release that it is making a multi-million pound investment in Whitley, where it has acquired […]

Daimler CIO Gorriz to leave post

Michael Gorriz is leaving his position as CIO of Daimler to join Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. Gorriz, 55, will succeed 55-year-old Jan Verplancke as group CIO at Standard Chartered. Verplancke is retiring. Gorriz has been in charge of information technology management at Daimler since 2008. In this role he is responsible for strategy, planning […]

Volvo Cars CIO gets promotion

Volvo Cars CIO Klas Bendrik has been promoted to a new senior vice president position, as the Swedish carmaker acknowledges the growing importance of IT across its model lineup. The move underlines “the key role technology will play for carmakers in future as they develop their connectivity products and services,” Volvo said in a press […]

automotiveIT Congress: BMW addresses distruptive innovation challenge

HANOVER – Silicon Valley is the source of various¬†new disruptive technologies and the auto industry should treat these “with respect,” BMW CIO Klaus Straub said Thursday. Carmakers are facing “dramatic changes,” Straub ¬†said in an address to the automotiveIT Congress here.¬† “Digital disruption will happen in auto industry,” he said. As the industry addresses, some […]

automotiveIT Congress: The rising challenge of cyber security

A security gap identified in BMW’s ConnectedDrive infotainment system showed clearly that more connectivity also provides more entry points for cyber crime. “Devices and services are more and more interconnected, and create vast amounts of data. But to whom do they belong and are they secure?” asked Michael George, author and former German intelligence agent. […]

automotiveIT Congress: HP exec calls for cooperative approach to exploding data volumes

HANOVER – Connected cars will generate more data than current IT systems can manage, an HP executive told the automotiveIT Congress here Thursday. Swen Postels, strategist and chief automotive technologist at Hewlett-Packard Germany, shared the stage with Benedikt Schonlau, who heads the active safety and light division of engineering specialist IAV. They discussed the growing […]

automotiveIT Congress: Mercedes-Benz advances multi-channel strategy

HANOVER – Internet companies such as Amazon can show automakers the way to a better customer-facing digital sales approach, Mercedes-Benz CIO Nikitas Drakopoulos said Thursday. Automakers have to face the challenges that do not only comprise makeovers of web pages but every single area of car sales, Drakopoulos told the automotiveIT Congress here. “The only […]

automotiveIT Congress: ThyssenKrupp IT undergoing total change

Information technology is crucial at ThyssenKrupp as the steel and engineering group aims¬†to be a trailblazer for need-based management of services. ThyssenKrupp, which has a sizeable automotive division,¬†is undergoing a total change process that affects¬†working and management processes as well as IT. At the automotiveIT Congress¬†2015¬†two of the main initiators of change talked about the […]

automotiveIT Congress: CIO says VW needs 2 kinds of IT

Volkswagen is on its way to become the world’s largest automaker with more than¬†10 million vehicles sold in 2014. And of course, the executives in Wolfsburg are keen on staying at the forefront of information technology revolution as well. Volkswagen CIO Martin Hofmann underlined this¬†ambition in his speech at¬†the automotiveIT Congress 2015 in Hanover. The […]

Bosch builds Genivi-based infotainment software for Renault-Nissan

Robert Bosch is developing an infotainment system for Renault and its alliance partner Nissan, using software developed within the Genivi alliance. Genivi, an industry association committed to developing an open-source infotainment standard, said the new automotive software program will supply all Renault and Nissan vehicles. The Renault-Nissan alliance said in a press release that it […]