Acquisition makes NTT 3rd largest European data center provider

NTT operates 130 data centers worldwide, including this one in Thailand(Photo: NTT)

NTT Communications is buying 86.7 pc of Germany’s e-shelter, propelling the Japanese company into third place among data center service providers in Europe. NTT Communications, a division of the NTT telecommunications group, said the acquisition of e-shelter lays the groundwork for further growth in Europe. “We look forward to expanding our share of the European […]

Opel launches OnStar in Europe as free service in first year

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Opel joined the race to be the best connected car brand in Geneva Tuesday, when it announced that General Motors’ OnStar connectivity suite will be available on all of its models starting this year. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said OnStar will be rolled out in 13 European markets by the middle of 2015, with other […]

VW’s Winterkorn welcomes Apple’s, Google’s interest in car industry

Winterkorn, seen here testing a new manufacturing tool, is an engineer by training (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn said plans by consumer electronics companies to get more actively involved in the car industry may have a positive effect on car sales to a younger generation of consumers. “I highly welcome the interest of Apple, Google and others in the automobile,” Winterkorn said on the eve of the Geneva […]

VW: Diess can take over as head of VW brand earlier

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BMW’s Herbert Diess will take over as head of the Volkswagen brand three months earlier than originally planned, following an agreement between Europe’s largest auto group and the Munich-based premium car maker. VW said Diess, formerly head of R&D at BMW, will take the helm at the VW brand July 1, rather than October¬†1, as […]

automotiveIT magazine: Visiting VW’s new data lab

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Volkswagen recently opened a new data lab in the trendy Schwabing section of Munich. automotiveIT’s Hilmar Dunker paid a visit and discovered a research facility with a singular focus on implementing digital innovations across the VW Group. “We want to bring ¬†big data and advanced analytics into the company – and do it quickly,” said […]

automotiveIT magazine: Audi, BMW, Mercedes embrace digital

New technology is entering car showrooms (Photo: Audi)

Germany’s three premium brands are using digital technology to post higher sales, despite declining showroom traffic. In interviews with automotiveIT international, the sales and marketing chiefs of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz explained how their companies are catering to a new generation of car buyers, which does its research online and is looking for a physical […]

Apple will build 2 data centers in Europe

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Apple will build two data centers in Europe, spending 1.7 billion euros to construct and operate the facilities, which will be located in Ireland and Denmark. The US based consumer technology group said the centers will provide the European backend for online services that include the company’s iTunes store, its app store and various applications. […]

Report shows connected car data, privacy vulnerabilities

US Senator Markey is critical of connected-car data security and privacy (Picture: Continental)

A US report published this week shows how connected cars may be vulnerable to hackers.The paper, based on answers to questions by 16 major car manufacturers, highlights growing concerns that networking cars with the world around them poses potential security risks. “The responses from the automobile manufacturers show a vehicle fleet that has fully adopted […]

Gartner laments absence of internet-of-things standards

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The internet of things will be marked by a notable absence of business or technical models in coming years, according to market researchers Gartner. Through 2018, the company predicts there will be no dominant internet-of-things ecosystem platform. Most IoT projects will continue to contain custom elements and there won’t be any dominant technology service providers […]

Ford looks at Apple, Amazon for clues to successful transformation

Ford Motor is conducting 25 mobility experiments (Photo: Ford)

Ford Motor said it would study companies such as Apple and Amazon to learn how to successfully manage a major industry transformation. Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields, in an address to the International CAR Symposium in Bochum, Germany, announced that the US-based carmaker has entered into a research cooperation with Aachen University to launch the […]