Long road ahead predicted for fuel-cell electric vehicles

Hyundai's ix35 fuel cell vehicle has been on the road for several years (Photo: Hyundai)

OFFENBACH, Germany — Frank Meijer seems resigned to the fact that it will be a while until hydrogen-powered electric vehicles are a significant part of the car market. “It’s a marathon, not a sprint,” said the head of Hyundai Motor Europe’s fuel-cell vehicle program. “We won’t sell thousands of these vehicles overnight.” Fuel-cell cars, which […]

IBM adds data centers to offer companies more local storage

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IBM, which wants to solidify its position as a leading provider of cloud-based services, has expanded its global data center network through the addition of 12 new locations. Nine of them are operated by partner Equinix, while the US-based software group is opening new data centers of its own in Frankfurt, Mexico City and Tokyo. […]

Sales ranking: GM slips to 3rd place in 2014

Hyundai posted stronger 2014 unit sales growth than  Toyota, Ford and GM (Photo: Hyundai)

General Motors, which has for years been a strong contender in the race to be the¬†world’s biggest selling carmaker, slipped to third place in 2014, according to Germany’s Center of Automotive Management (CAM). Toyota and Volkswagen Group are expected to end the year neck-and-neck, with each set to post global unit sales of around 10 […]

Study: Industry revenue is hit by data losses

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German companies and larger public organizations have posted 33.6 billion euros less revenue in the past 12 months because they have lost data as a result of a technical problem, according to a new study. The EMC Data Protection Index, compiled by US-based software and storage group EMC, also found that data losses have risen […]

Point of View: The Uber case

The Uber app lets customers book a car from their smartphone (Photo: Apple)

(This Point of View was originally published¬†in the October edition of the automotiveIT international Executive Report) In cities all over the world an ugly war is being fought by ‚Äútraditional‚ÄĚ taxi companies against a new form of competition from Uber and other ride-sharing services. These newcomers offer customers the ability to use a mobile application […]

In surprise move, BMW’s Diess to head VW passenger car brand

Diess has headed BMW's R&D since 2012 (Photo: BMW)

In a surprise move, BMW R&D chief Herbert Diess will move to Volkswagen ¬†to head the brand’s core VW passenger car brand. He will take over ¬†– on October 1, 2015 – from VW Group CEO Martin Winterkorn, who will continue as chairman of the management board of Europe’s largest car group. “With Herbert Diess […]

TomTom acquires Fleetlogic

Telematics is TomTom's  fastest growing business segment (Photo: TomTom)

TomTom has acquired Fleetlogic, a leading Dutch provider of fleet management services, in a bid to strengthen its position in the European fleet market. The Amsterdam-based location and mapping services group said Fleetlogic will add 27,000 subscriptions to the installed base of TomTom Telematics. That brings the total of TomTom’s installed telematics systems to more […]

ABB, Bosch, Cisco cooperate on smart-home platform

Bosch, ABB and Cisco see the home as an integral part of the internet of things (Photo: Bosch

ABB, Robert Bosch and Cisco are forming a joint venture to develop and operate a smart-home software platform. The three companies expect the Germany-based joint venture to start operations in early 2015. Bosch said in a press release that the new company will build a platform that will make communication between smart-home appliances and other […]

BMW plans more plug-in hybrids for its core model range

BMW has developed a plug-in hybrid powertrain that can be used across its model range (Photo: BMW)

BMW plans to¬†roll out plug-in hybrid versions of all BMW models in the long term. The premium car maker is unveiling a plug-in hybrid 3 Series prototype as well as a range of other concepts that use technology that’s already in place in its i-brand vehicles. ‚ÄúAll BMW Group models benefit from BMW i,” BMW […]

GM appoints new connected-consumer chief

Boler Davis takes over from Mary Chan, who is leaving GM (Photo: GM)

Alicia Boler-Davis will take over as head of General Motors’ connected-car operations, replacing Mary Chan, who will leave the car company next year. Boler-Davis, currently senior vice president, global quality and customer experience, will hand over quality control to Grace Lieblein, another GM executive. Boler-Davis will maintain responsibility for the customer experience. The move to […]