Study: German CIOs and CTOs see IT as decisive for competitiveness, growth

CIOs and CTOs in Germany see IT as key for their companies’ growth plans, according to a new study. In a survey of 200 corporate IT and technology executives, IT recruitment specialist Robert Half Technology found that 91 pc believe IT is “important” or even “very important” in companies’ efforts to stay competitive in an […]

T-Systems executive: Telecoms and automotive have grown closer together

Heinz Egeler has been in charge of the Connected Car business of T-Systems since June 2015. In written answers to questions, Egeler explains the strategic priorities of the German IT service provider and discusses some of the characteristics of the changing personal-mobility industry. automotiveIT: Mr. Egeler, you’ve been in your new position for just a […]

Worries grow over security of cloud data transfers

Enthusiasm was high at the outset, but now a survey shows that companies are beginning to have second thoughts about relying on cloud-based architectures. Many experts, for example, are increasingly questioning whether cloud computing centers in fact can control production facilities or manage logistics centers without difficulties, as the providers promise. IT managers are especially […]

Automated driving gets a boost as Bosch joins research project

Robert Bosch said it has joined a German research product aimed at¬†speeding up the development of automated-driving technologies. The German automotive supplier group said Ko-HAF, as the project is called, wants to help develop cars “in which drivers no longer need to be constantly vigilant.” Ko-HAF is a German-language acronym that stands for “Cooperative Highly-Automated […]

EU’s eCall introduction sets stage for aftermarket battle

Following a European Union decision earlier this year that all new cars must soon have an emergency calling system, a competitive battle is shaping up between private and public offerings. The European Parliament in April approved legislation that says all new cars and light vans must have emergency call devices on board from March 31, […]

Daimler IT Exec: Standards will help manage engineering complexity

As vehicles grow in complexity, coordination between carmakers, suppliers and other partners ¬†faces increasing challenges. In answers to written questions,¬†Siegmar Haasis, CIO Research and Development at Mercedes-Benz Cars, discusses the growing relevance of standards and lifts the veil on some of the initiatives Daimler is undertaking in this area. automotiveIT:¬†Mr. Haasis, you are a strong […]

Nokia HERE: Accenture consultant sees more acquisitions

Following news that Audi, BMW and Daimler are set to jointly acquire Nokia HERE, automotiveIT asked Accenture automotive expert Axel Schmidt three questions about the implications of the transaction. automotiveIT: What’s in it for¬†Audi, BMW and¬†Daimler to acquire Nokia HERE? Schmidt:¬†The carmakers are first and foremost interested in a platform that can be the foundation […]

Connected Car Expo – LA

The Connected Car Expo (CCE), an exhibition combined with a conference program, kicks off the annual Los Angeles Auto Show November 17. The event aims to promote connectivity in the auto industry and bring together players from all industries involved. The CCE will host a one-day conference at the Marriott Hotel on the first LA […]

Study: Automotive patents up 7 pc in 2014

The world’s carmakers registered 7 pc more patents in 2014 than the year before, with Toyota alone accounting for 26 pc of the total. According to Germany’s Center of Automotive Management (CAM), the 18 biggest global carmakers registered more than 57,000 patents in 2014. Honda came second after Toyota and General Motors was in third […]

US regulators impose 105 million dlr fine on Fiat Chrysler

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) accepted a 105 million-dlr penalty for failing to meet US federal requirements to repair vehicles with safety defects. The US-Italian auto group will have to buy back some of the vehicles and will have to submit to “rigorous” federal oversight, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said in a statement. […]