Jaguar Land Rover invests in advanced engineering

Jaguar unveiled its new XF model during a dramatic 'high-wire' water crossing in  London (Photo: JLR)

Jaguar Land Rover is expanding its advanced¬†engineering and design center in Whitley, England, in a move to speed up the development of technologically sophisticated premium vehicles. The British carmaker, which is owned by India’s Tata Group, said in a press release that it is making a multi-million pound investment in Whitley, where it has acquired […]

Daimler CIO Gorriz to leave post

Gorriz has headed IT at Daimler since 2008

Michael Gorriz is leaving his position as CIO of Daimler to join Standard Chartered Bank in Singapore. Gorriz, 55, will succeed 55-year-old Jan Verplancke as group CIO at Standard Chartered. Verplancke is retiring. Gorriz has been in charge of information technology management at Daimler since 2008. In this role he is responsible for strategy, planning […]

Volvo Cars CIO gets promotion

Volvo CIO Bendrik will report directly to CEO Hakan Samuelsson (Photo: Volvo)

Volvo Cars CIO Klas Bendrik has been promoted to a new senior vice president position, as the Swedish carmaker acknowledges the growing importance of IT across its model lineup. The move underlines “the key role technology will play for carmakers in future as they develop their connectivity products and services,” Volvo said in a press […]

automotiveIT Congress: BMW addresses distruptive innovation challenge

Klaus Straub (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER – Silicon Valley is the source of various¬†new disruptive technologies and the auto industry should treat these “with respect,” BMW CIO Klaus Straub said Thursday. Carmakers are facing “dramatic changes,” Straub ¬†said in an address to the automotiveIT Congress here.¬† “Digital disruption will happen in auto industry,” he said. As the industry addresses, some […]

automotiveIT Congress: HP exec calls for cooperative approach to exploding data volumes

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HANOVER – Connected cars will generate more data than current IT systems can manage, an HP executive told the automotiveIT Congress here Thursday. Swen Postels, strategist and chief automotive technologist at Hewlett-Packard Germany, shared the stage with Benedikt Schonlau, who heads the active safety and light division of engineering specialist IAV. They discussed the growing […]

automotiveIT Congress: Mercedes-Benz advances multi-channel strategy

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HANOVER – Internet companies such as Amazon can show automakers the way to a better customer-facing digital sales approach, Mercedes-Benz CIO Nikitas Drakopoulos said Thursday. Automakers have to face the challenges that do not only comprise makeovers of web pages but every single area of car sales, Drakopoulos told the automotiveIT Congress here. “The only […]

automotiveIT Congress: ThyssenKrupp IT undergoing total change

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Information technology is crucial at ThyssenKrupp as the steel and engineering group aims¬†to be a trailblazer for need-based management of services. ThyssenKrupp, which has a sizeable automotive division,¬†is undergoing a total change process that affects¬†working and management processes as well as IT. At the automotiveIT Congress¬†2015¬†two of the main initiators of change talked about the […]

Delphi plans 3,500 mile autonomous drive

Delphi's planned autonomous drive is longer than similar journeys undertaken by Audi and Mercedes (Photo: Delphi)

Delphi is about to put its driverless technology to the test when it sends a test vehicle across the US on a 3,500 mile trip. The US automotive supplier said its test vehicle, which it showed at the international CES fair in January, will leave San Francisco on March 22 on its journey eastward. The […]

BMW: Zipse to become new production boss

Oliver Zipse (Photo: BMW)

Oliver Zipse will become the new production chief at BMW, succeeding Harald Krueger, who will take over as CEO May 13. BMW, in particular, cited the international manufacturing experience¬†Zipse has gathered in his 24 year career at the premium car maker. Zipse, 51, joined BMW as a trainee in 1991 and held positions in development, […]

Deutsche Telekom, Cisco, Intel to help IoT startups

The internet of things means that, before too long, 50 billion devices will be connected (Photo: Beecham Research)

Deutsche Telekom, Intel and Cisco have launched a joint program to help startup companies develop internet-of-things projects. The three IT groups¬†said, in a joint press release, that they will provide advice, make their corporate¬†resources available, and, on some occasions, provide strategic investment. The program, called “Challenge Up!” aims to accelerate startup projects in areas such […]