Audi, JLR, Qoros, Genivi executives to speak at automotiveIT International Congress

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With the speaker lineup almost complete, the automotiveIT International Congress is set to cover topics ranging from connected retail and the role of big data analysis to open-source infotainment and other key trends in 21st century mobility. The latest additions to the program include Maurits Aalberse, director of connected services at China-based carmaker Qoros, and […]

automotiveIT Congress: Qoros CIO cites greenfield advantages


HANOVER – Chinese newcomer Qoros has one advantage over all other automakers: the company started five years ago from a clean sheet of paper and didn’t have to deal with antiquated plants, outdated machinery, old software or a difficult product history. “We took a greenfield approach to everything,” said Qoros CIO Wolfgang Grottke. “We have […]

automotiveIT Congress: Dudenhoeffer: Connectivity important for premium sector

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HANOVER – Connected cars will be important differentiators for makers of premium cars, but those manufacturers should be wary of potential data security issues, university professor Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer said Thursday. Dudenhoeffer, who heads the CAR research center at Germany’s University Duisburg-Essen, said that, while the auto industry can successfully develop a model for connecting cars, […]

automotiveIT Congress: T-Systems exec says digital transformation is a must

T-Systems executive Spreitzer….. (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER – Companies have no option but to embrace new digital technologies, a senior T-Systems executive said at the automotiveIT Congress on Thursday. “Transform or Die” was the title of a presentation by Thomas Spreitzer, senior vice president marketing at the German telecommunications service provider. Spreitzer said that companies failing to adopt 21st century business […]

automotiveIT Congress: eCall seen cementing automotive IT ties

German State Secretary Rogall-Grothe says (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER – The ties between the automotive and IT industries will get a major push from the introduction in Europe of eCall, a senior German government official said Thursday. “At the latest with the firm introduction of eCall the connection of all cars with the internet can no longer be stopped,” said Cornelia Rogall-Grothe. Rogall-Grothe […]

automotiveIT Congress: GM’s MOTT says “IT is a strategic corporate asset”

GM CIO Randy Mott is insourcing 90 pc of IT services (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER – General Motors CIO Randy Mott said IT is a “strategic corporate asset” for the automaker. It can play a key role in boosting the speed of innovation, he said. Mott, who joined GM two years ago, has embarked on a complete IT revamp at the company, insourcing most services that were previously handled […]

Dassault Systemes CEO sees big changes in car engineering

Dassault Systemes' Charles says in-car electronics are too complex (Photo: Dassault Systemes)

Dassault Systemes CEO Bernard Charles expects big changes in car engineering as the industry deploys new product design and development technologies. In a telephone interview with automotiveIT, Charles, who has headed the Paris-based maker of 3D design and product lifecycle management software since 1995, said engineering and manufacturing will increasingly focus on the experience provided […]

Executive Report: GM CIO confident of progress in IT overhaul

Randy Mott is a keynote speaker at the 2014 automotiveIT Congress (Photo: Larry A. Peplin)

  General Motors CIO Randy Mott is confident he’s making progress in his three-year drive to overhaul IT operations at North America’s largest automaker. In an interview with automotiveIT, Mott cited “a lot of blocking and tackling” he had to do in 2013, referring to the often unglamorous work handled by American football’s defense players […]

CeBIT: VW boss says “yes to big data,” but warns for dangers

VW CEO Winterkorn doesn't want the car to become a "data monster" (Photo: CeBIT)

Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn, opening Europe’s biggest high-tech fair, strongly committed the automaker to a future of connected cars and more digitalization across the industry. In an opening address at the CeBIT fair in Hanover, Winterkorn said digital technologies will have a fundamental impact on the mobility of the future. Cars are already “mobile […]

Big-data market expected to soar in Germany

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The German market for big-data analysis is set to jump 59 pc to 6.1 billion euros this year, according to a study by  Crisp Research. The consultants see the market growing to 13.6 billion euros by 2016. The study was commissioned by Germany’s high-tech industry association, Bitkom, which highlighted the far-reaching potential of big data. […]