Volkswagen and its Chinese joint venture partner FAW-Volkswagen will together develop new digital services for VW brand models that are increasingly expected to have full connectivity on board. “Developing digital offers for our Chinese customers is one of Volkswagen’s key focus points,” the VW brand’s China boss, Stephan Woellenstein, said in a press release. “As Read More..
Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess is calling on the German government to act decisively to adopt an extensive package of measures that will make electric vehicles more popular. The proposed measures, according to a report in Germany’s Sueddeutsche Zeitung (SZ) newspaper, include subsidies, tax relief, tough new rules for companies and even penalties for categories Read More..
ZF Friedrichshafen has acquired a majority stake in 2getthere, a provider of automated electric passenger transport systems. The 60% stake bought by ZF will provide the German automotive supplier group with additional expertise in mobility as a service (MaaS), a business area it sees as key to its future product portfolio. Dutch transport systems specialist Read More..
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..