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 […]

Daimler completes transition to Siemens NX CAD software

Daimler's switch to Siemens NX reflects a desire to integrate CAD with xxxxx(Photo: Siemens)

Daimler has completed a groupwide transition to Siemens NX CAD software, which replaced Dassault Systemes’ Catia V5 software across all of the company’s divisions. The German car and truck maker said the move, which involved training more than 6,200 users on the new software, was made to improve efficiency and sustainability. Daimler said in a press statement […]

In software move, Continental to acquire Elektrobit Automotive

With the acquisition of Elektrobit, Continental hopes to boost its sofware development expertise (Photo: Continental)

Continental is acquiring the automotive business of Finish wireless and electronics group Elektrobit, underlining the growing importance of software for tomorrow’s vehicles. Continental said that, subject to antitrust approval, it will pay 600 million euros for Elektrobit Automotive, which is based in Germany and employs 1,900 people. The German supplier said the acquisition will, in particular, […]

Verizon to buy AOL

Verizon is one of the biggest US mobile operators (Photo: Verizon)

Verizon, which has pursued a strategy to reduce its dependence on its core wireless business, has agreed to buy AOL for about 4.4 billion dlrs. The acquisition marks another step in Verizon’s efforts to build digital and video platforms, the company said in a press release. AOL will further drive LTE wireless video and so-called […]

Point of view: A need for connected logistics!

Hilmar Dunker is editor in chief of automotiveIT, Germany

The manufacturing industry, including the world’s automakers and suppliers, has been putting in a lot of effort to improve production processes through the introduction of new, connected, technologies. “Industry 4.0,” which involves the networking of machinery and processes, is on track in many companies. But logistics, arguably as important as the actual manufacturing of products, appears […]

Cisco names Chuck Robbins next CEO

Chuck Robbins (Photo: Cisco

Cisco said Chuck Robbins will succeed John Chambers as CEO July 26, marking a change at the top of the US-based technology group for the first time in 20 years. Chambers, who took over as CEO in 1995, will become executive chairman when Robbins assumes his new responsibilities. The departing boss laid out the the challenges […]

Opinion: How to attract female engineers

GM's Mary Barra is the only female CEO of a major carmaker (Photo: GM)

One of the bigger challenges IT and other technology-driven industries have faced for decades is how to attract more female engineers. Efforts to boost the relatively low number of women in engineering companies remain largely unsuccessful. The same holds true for the top management ranks. There are some exceptions. In the world of high tech, […]

EMC study: Companies struggle to adapt to digital future

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MUNICH – Companies are introducing new digital technologies, mining more data and getting a better handle on changing customer demands, but their executives feel  progress is slower than required to meet changing market demands. That’s one of the conclusions from a new survey conducted on behalf of technology group EMC by The Institute for the […]

ITS World Congress – Bordeaux

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The annual ITS World Congress, a global forum to discuss smart transportation strategies, will take place in Bordeaux, France, Oct 5 – 9. The gathering, which brings together public and private transportation stakeholders, will have as its main theme: “Towards Intelligent Mobility – Better Use of Space.” The meeting’s focus will be on the life-changing aspects […]

Analysis: VW struggle reflects wider auto-industry dilemmas

Piech (l), Winterkorn and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in more harmonious times (Photo: VW)

The resignation of Ferdinand Piech late Saturday as chairman of the Volkswagen Group’s supervisory board doesn’t just mark the end of a tumultuous and expansionist chapter in the history of Europe’s largest carmaker. It also highlights some of the mega-issues VW and the entire auto industry face as they prepare for a radically different era of personal […]