automotiveIT Congress marks progress on road to connectivity

LONDON — The auto industry is coming to grips with the broad implications of connectivity, but it will be a while before carmakers and drivers will start reaping the full benefits of new information technologies. In the meantime, ties between traditional carmakers and new automotive players will have to be strengthened; car retailing is in […]

Toyota’s fuel-cell car to cost around 7 million yen

Toyota unveiled the exterior design of its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and said the car will cost 7 million yen or roughly 50,000 euros when it goes on sale in Japan later this year. The sales price, which excludes consumption tax, is lower than the 1 million yen Toyota indicated earlier and officials said […]

VW implements Cross dealer management system

Volkswagen has already installed its Cross dealer management system in 500 German dealerships and plans to add another 200 before the end of the year. By the end of 2015, VW hopes to have installed Cross in 1,000 dealerships throughout the country. The German carmaker said Cross, which was developed by VW Group brand Porsche, […]

Android alliance gets traction as brands join, plans are unveiled

With Volkswagen and Volvo Cars the latest auto¬†brands to join the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), the Google initiative to boost the use of Android devices in cars is making headway. But carmakers ¬†stressed that they will be working closely with Apple as well to make sure devices running on¬†both operating systems can be seamlessly connected. […]

Automechanika – Frankfurt

The Automechanika trade fair, which will ¬†take place in Frankfurt Sep. 16 through 20, will have a special focus on tomorrow’s mobility. The fair, which is organized every other year at the Frankfurt fair grounds, will dedicate its Hall 10 to new technologies. Specialist companies will show products from areas that include¬†storage technology, charging infrastructure, […]

CIO change at BMW: Straub said to succeed Probst

Klaus Straub is expected to succeed ¬†Karl-Erich Probst as CIO of BMW Group at the end of August, industry sources say. Probst took over as head of BMW’s central IT department in 2006. He is leaving the company of his own accord, the sources say. Klaus Straub Straub used to be CIO of Volkswagen Group’s […]

TRW opens tech center in Anting, China

TRW is opening a technical center in China that will be its largest worldwide. The US automotive supplier group said the 66,000 square meter facility, which is located in Anting, near Shanghai, will have more than 20 scientific testing labs. Focus areas include braking, steering and suspension, occupant safety and safety electronics. The facility will […]

An electric Harley-Davidson?

Harley-Davidson, maker of iconic motor bikes, is piloting an electric motorcycle to see whether bike riders are interested in a different kind of propulsion. Consumers across the US will be able to ride and provide feedback on the bike and their comments will help the company decide whether it will go into production. The test, […]

Salesforce aims to give “wearables” a corporate boost

In a move to speed up the integration of so-called “wearables” in corporate IT systems, Salesforce.com is launching a developer kit specifically targeting the new mobile communications devices. Wearables, which include cloud-connected smart watches, glasses, wristbands and other devices that are worn on the body, only recently made their appearance. Google led the trend with […]

IFA – Berlin

The annual IFA consumer electronics fair will take place in Berlin September 5 – 10, amid expectations that several top executives from the global¬†auto industry will, again, be presented at the consumer electronics event. Details of conference programs were unavailable, but last year, then-Ford CEO Alan Mulally was one of the keynote speakers at IFA. […]