Joe Hinrichs will become Ford Motor’s president, automotive, from May 1, as one of a series of top management changes the company is making during its ongoing, worldwide reorganisation. Hinrichs has served the automaker for 19 years, most recently leading its global operations. “Joe Hinrichs possesses the knowledge, experience and leadership to now take our automotive business to Read More..
Renault unveiled an experimental electric and connected van designed to improve the efficiency of so-called “last-mile” deliveries in urban areas. The French carmaker said the EZ-FLEX Is built to meet the needs of delivery-van drivers, with wide access to seats, a large central dashboard and easy access to a range of information. The EZ-FLEX’s HMI Read More..
The European Parliament on Tuesday approved tougher safety regulations in a move that is likely to trigger increased demand for digital, connected in-car safety technologies. The revised General Safety Regulation (GSR), which still requires ministerial approval by the 28 EU member nations, includes a number of mandatory safety technologies that auto and truck makers will Read More..
Last month, the European Union reached a decision to implement tougher safety regulations. The so-called General Safety Regulation (GSR) still requires final approval by ministers of the 28 EU member states, but many automotive suppliers expect that, once it takes effect in 2022, advanced safety technology will quickly spread from mostly premium vehicles today to Read More..
Truck makers are embracing connectivity as the transportation and logistics industry looks toward digital technology to improve efficiency. At a conference on autonomous and connected vehicle technology in early April, executives from some of the leading truck makers and fleet management technology providers discussed the latest developments in connectivity and logistics. The conference – SMMT Read More..
Porsche CIO Mattias Ulbrich is taking charge of digitalization at the sports car maker. He succeeds Thilo Koslowski, who is taking on “new tasks outside Porsche Group,” the company said. The appointment of Ulbrich, 52, combines information technology and digitalization under one senior executive. A similar structure is in place at Renault, where CIO Frederic Read More..
The speeds decreed by Daimler CIO Jan Brecht are faster than ever. Software is expected to be set up, pushed through and delivered twice as quickly – at a minimum. The workload for the company’s digitalization initiative will again be considerable in 2019. Daimler’s Customer and Car Platform is expected to grow, and data analysis Read More..
With the car undergoing some of the biggest changes in its 130-year history, companies such as materials maker Covestro hope to capitalize on the fresh opportunities emerging in the automotive supply chain. Covestro, a 2015 spin-off from German chemicals group Bayer, makes advanced polymers and high-performance plastics for a range of industries. Up to one-fourth Read More..
A new report published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) and industry analysts Frost & Sullivan says the UK is well positioned to lead the development of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV). But it warns that “sustained support from government” and an orderly departure from the European Union are needed to maintain Read More..
As vehicles and their users become more digitally connected, private data will increasingly be used to generate new revenue streams, improve safety and make urban traffic flow more smoothly. But such data use raises a variety of privacy issues and, as was clear at last week’s SMMT Connected 2019 event, there are questions over whether data Read More..