German companies under (cyber) attack


More than half of all German industrial companies have been the object of industrial espionage, sabotage or data theft in the past two years, according to a study by the country’s high-tech association, Bitkom. The study, which polled senior managers at 1,074 companies, found that car companies are most frequently targeted, followed by the chemical […]

Who would buy Nokia’s HERE mapping unit?

Maps will be more important for autonomous cars (Phote: Nokia)

Nokia is considering the sale of its mapping unit, HERE, following its announcement of plans to acquire Alcatel-Lucent. The Finland-based telecommunications equipment maker said in a statement that it had “initiated a review of strategic options, including a potential divestment” of its HERE business. HERE is the navigation, mapping and location intelligence business built on […]

New US industry group calls for smarter transportation

The coalition says smarter transportation can address infrastructure proboems (Photo: US Administration)

A newly formed group of industry executives called on the US Congress to step up efforts to forge a smarter transportation infrastructure in the country. “For the United States to stay competitive in today’s global economy, it is critical that our nation invest more heavily in transportation research, technology and innovation,” the group, which is […]

Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent to create new connectivity mega-player

Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent see demand for combined product offering (Photo: Microsoft, Alcatel-Lucent)

Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent, citing complementary product portfolios, said they are planning a merger that aims to create a new company that is well positioned for “an IP connected world.” “Together, Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia intend to lead in next-generation network technology and services, with the scope to create seamless connectivity for people and things wherever they […]

EU formally accuses Google of abusing strong market position

Vestager (Photo: EU)

The European Commission sent a so-called “Statement of Objections” to Google, alleging that the technology company has abused its dominant market position in internet searches. The executive arm of the 28-nation bloc has also formally opened an antitrust investigation to look into whether Google has abused the dominant position of its Android mobile operating system. […]

Study sees connected-car focus shift to business model

Most companies connected-car products are still in the planning phase (Photo: PAC)

Automotive companies are shifting their connected-car focus from making the technology work to defining how to generate actual revenue, according to a study by Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC). “More and more companies are now going to focus on the business aspects of connected car offerings,” PAC said in an executive summary of the study. Those […]

Report: Winterkorn won’t become VW supervisory board chairman

In 2012, Pope Benedict XVI congratulates Ferdinand Piech (r) with his 75th birthday. Winterkorn also attended (Photo: VW)

Contrary to expectations, Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn may not move up to head the company’s supervisory board when he retires from his operational role at the end of¬†2016. Germany’s Spiegel magazine says that Winterkorn and VW patriarch Ferdinand Piech have had growing disagreements over the business development of¬†Europe’s largest automotive group. “I’m at a distance […]

Point of View: Germany needs Industry 4.0

Hilmar Dunker (Photo: Claus Dick)

Industry 4.0 is the new buzzword and rightly so. The term attempts to capture the comprehensive change that is sweeping the global industrial landscape. It’s therefore no exaggeration to use “4.0” to define the fourth industrial revolution that is upon us. But dig a little deeper and get ready to be surprised. Industry 4.0 may […]

Audi, Mercedes: Better maps important but not crucial for autonomous driving


STUTTGART – Better maps will help improve autonomous-driving technology, but they aren’t crucial for the realization of the driverless car, two top automotive¬†executives said Thursday. Ulrich Hackenberg and Thomas Weber, R&D chiefs at, respectively, Audi and Mercedes-Benz, said the premium car makers have developed autonomous test vehicles that can navigate routes without the help of […]

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 […]