BMW tests hydrogen fuel-cell drive

BMW says its fuel-cell electric-drive technology results from a cooperation with Toyota (Photo: BMW)

BMW is testing a hydrogen fuel-cell electric drive vehicle, but isn’t making any predictions about a possible market launch. The German premium car maker, which showed journalists a 5 Series GT model with a fuel-cell powered electric motor, said the project is one result from the strategic collaboration it formed with Toyota in 2013. That […]

Continental develops electric drive for China

Continental expects strong EV demand in China in coming years (Photo: Continental)

Continental has developed an electric drive for China in anticipation of an electric-vehicle boom in the world’s largest car market. The German automotive supplier said it will introduce the compact, cost-effective, and high-performance system at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September. The drive, which will combine an electric motor, transmission and power electronics in a […]

Salesforce raises ambitions in Europe

CEO Marc Benioff is the key speaker at the World Tour sessions (Photo: Salesforce)

MUNICH – With 7,100 guests registered to attend the German part of its World Tour, Salesforce.com is sending a clear signal that it aims to grow its presence in Europe. The San Francisco-based business software group has been on a roll worldwide, with sales jumping 32 pc in 2014 to 5.37 billion dlrs.¬†Co-founder and CEO […]

At Ford, autonomous driving moves to next stage

Ford's autonomous vehicle project is moving to the next phase of development (Photo: Ford)

Ford Motor appointed a director of autonomous vehicle development and said it is moving ahead with its driverless-car project. The US automaker said 29-year Ford veteran Randy Visintainer will¬†lead a global team to work on the advanced program. Advanced engineering is the next step in bringing a feature to market. It follows the research phase. […]

Siemens awards cloud platform order to Atos

Siemens hopes the new platform will accommodate growth and boost efficiency (Photo: Kurt Bauer)

Siemens, which is moving business systems and processes from classic SAP ERP to SAP HANA, has awarded Atos¬†a six-year multi-million-euro contract to provide a cloud-based platform for data services. The consultant and systems integration specialist said the SAP HANA platform, which will be based on the x86 “bullion” server made by Bull, will support more […]

JCI may sell automotive business

JCI presented an innovative interiors study at the 2013 IAA in Frankfurt (Photo: JCI)

Johnson Controls is exploring strategic options for its automotive business, whose core products are seating¬†and interior systems. The US-based automotive supplier, which is among the top providers of seating systems to the auto industry, said a possible divestment would let it focus more directly on its other two business areas; energy storage and building efficiency. […]

Toyota mulls using open-source version of Ford’s AppLink

Ford's Sync 3 is based on the company's Applink software (Photo: Ford Motor)

Toyota said it may use an open-source version of Ford Motor’s AppLink connectivity system to speed up development of its connected in-car infotainment systems. ‚ÄúThe in-car app market is quickly evolving,” Shigeki Terashi, a Toyota senior managing officer, said in a press statement. “Developing robust, flexible, safe and user-friendly connected services is a priority for […]

With new CEO, Visteon puts focus on the connected car

The e-bee concept shows Visteon's ambitions in in-car infotainment (Photo: Visteon)

Visteon completed the sale of a climate control subsidiary as part of its strategy to become what it termed “a technology-focused pure-play supplier of automotive cockpit electronics and connected car solutions.” The Michigan-based automotive supplier also announced that it had appointed former top Harman International executive Sachin Lawande¬†as its new CEO, succeeding Tim Leuliette, who […]

Interview: Daimler China CIO Marc Lampe discusses CRM

Greater China CIO Marc Lampe (Photo: Daimler)

Marc Lampe moved to Beijing as regional CIO of Daimler’s operations in September of 2013. Before taking charge of the carmaker’s IT operations in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, he was responsible for IT in the German company‚Äės vans segment. Lampe’s primary job in China is to support the growth of Daimler and its Mercedes-Benz […]

Audi to offer Baidu CarLife connectivity in China

Audi will offer LTE with Baidu CarLife in China (Photo: Audi)

Audi will adopt a smartphone connectivity system from Baidu in China to capitalize on the popularity of the country’s biggest internet search engine. The German premium car maker said Baidu CarLife, as the system is called, will be available in Audi vehicles in combination with a China-specific LTE module that Audi is developing with network […]