Klaus Bluem, until recently CIO at MAN Energy Solutions, is the new chief information officer at Czech carmaker Skoda. Bluem succeeded Ralf Brunken, who is assuming other responsibilities within the Volkswagen Group. Both Skoda and MAN are subsidiaries of Volkswagen. Earlier in his career, Bluem, who studied economics and business at Germany’s Heidelberg University, worked Read More..
Hyundai Motor Group will invest $300 million in Indian ride-hailing platform Ola, using the country’s fast-growing market as a springboard for global new-mobility intiatives. “India is the centerpiece of Hyundai Motor Group’s strategy to gain leadership in the global mobility market,” Euisun Chung, executive vice chairman of Hyundai, said in a press release. Hyundai and Read More..
BERLIN – Electrification, driverless-car technology, environmental strategies and new business models are among the top priorities of the German auto industry, but executives, in town for a two-day meeting last week, emphasized vastly different priorities. If there was one conclusion to be drawn from the VDA Technical Congress, it was that there is not one Read More..
Renault CIO Frederic Vincent is joining the Executive Committee of the French carmaker effective April 1, as part of a broad management restructuring following the appointment of a new CEO, Thierry Bollore. Vincent will continue in his roles as head of the group’s digital factory – Renault Digital – and the company’s Information Systems and Read More..
Practically speaking, quantum computing is still in its infancy, but some companies – including Volkswagen and Google – have already started to deploy the technology. VW is using it in battery research and traffic management, while Google and IBM are cooperating with Daimler on two separate projects. Fujitsu is rolling out technology that offers the Read More..
ZF Friedrichshafen is opening a new research center that focuses on artificial intelligence and cyber security. The automotive supplier group said the center, which is based in Saarbruecken in western Germany, will look for ways to use AI to make systems, components, manufacturing and services more intelligent, more efficient and safer. ‘With the new Technology Read More..
The UK Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has published what it says is a rebuttal of 13 arguments used about the automotive sector over Brexit. The SMMT says that a ‘no deal’ Brexit would have a devastating impact on the sector and the hundreds of thousands of jobs it supports. We publish the arguments and the Read More..
Diess: Volkswagen’s new 10 year plan is 70 electric models by 2030, MEB platform open to third parties
Volkswagen CEO, Herbert Diess, told reporters at the company’s annual media conference in Wolfsburg that the group would expand its target of electric vehicles to 70, up from the 50 previously announced. By Paul Fisher. According to Diess, the projected number of vehicles to be built on the Group’s electric platforms in the next decade Read More..
More than just spare parts: how technology changes in the auto industry are affecting aftermarket supply
For both dealers and car makers, the aftermarket has long been characterised by short-term, transactional relationships. The prime relationship—with the vehicle owner—exists only as long as the owner owns the vehicle. Owners may replace vehicles with another from the same marque, or they may not. A subsequent owner may continue to have their vehicle at Read More..
German lighting and electronics specialist Hella wants to become an agile business partner to the auto industry. In an interview with our sister title, automotiveIT, CIO Felix Willing talks about the IT architecture areas where work still needs to be done and the need for urgency in the era of digitalisation The chemical engineer, who moved Read More..