Reuters: BMW isn’t building car with Apple

Apple's CarPlay is only available on a few production vehicles (Photo: Apple)

The rumors surrounding Apple’s alleged interest in building an electric vehicle took another twist this week, when¬†German magazine auto, motor und sport reported that BMW and the California-based consumer electronics group are negotiating to possibly make BMW’s next i3 electric city vehicle an Apple car. BMW immediately denied the report to the Reuters news agency. […]

VW’s Winterkorn welcomes Apple’s, Google’s interest in car industry

Winterkorn, seen here testing a new manufacturing tool, is an engineer by training (Photo: VW)

Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn said plans by consumer electronics companies to get more actively involved in the car industry may have a positive effect on car sales to a younger generation of consumers. “I highly welcome the interest of Apple, Google and others in the automobile,” Winterkorn said on the eve of the Geneva […]

Apple will build 2 data centers in Europe

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Apple will build two data centers in Europe, spending 1.7 billion euros to construct and operate the facilities, which will be located in Ireland and Denmark. The US based consumer technology group said the centers will provide the European backend for online services that include the company’s iTunes store, its app store and various applications. […]

Ford looks at Apple, Amazon for clues to successful transformation

Ford Motor is conducting 25 mobility experiments (Photo: Ford)

Ford Motor said it would study companies such as Apple and Amazon to learn how to successfully manage a major industry transformation. Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields, in an address to the International CAR Symposium in Bochum, Germany, announced that the US-based carmaker has entered into a research cooperation with Aachen University to launch the […]

ABI Research: 24 million cars with Apple CarPlay in 2019

Many car brands already offer CarPlay (Photo: Apple)

Apple and Google¬†are set to become bigger players in the car, but the auto industry will also adopt open-source systems from other organizations, according to a report by market analysts ABI Research. ABI predicts that by 2019 there will be 24 million new cars fitted with Apple’s CarPlay. The uptake of the open-source Mirrorlink interface […]

Android alliance gets traction as brands join, plans are unveiled

Kia says the Soul is one of the first models to feature Android Auto (Photo: Kia)

With Volkswagen and Volvo Cars the latest auto¬†brands to join the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), the Google initiative to boost the use of Android devices in cars is making headway. But carmakers ¬†stressed that they will be working closely with Apple as well to make sure devices running on¬†both operating systems can be seamlessly connected. […]

Apple launches “CarPlay” for Mercedes, Ferrari, Volvo

Apple's CarPlay will be available for Mercedes, Ferrari and Volvo shortly (Photo: Apple)

Apple said a new iPhone connectivity suite will be available for Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo this week and for other brands at a later date. Apple said its “CarPlay” software can be operated through the car’s HMI or by using the company’s Siri voice control. Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS product […]

Frost analyst skeptical of Apple’s auto iOS

Apple wants to use Siri voice recognition to run in-car infotainment functions (Photo: Apple)

Apple’s recently announced automotive platform comes too late to make a major impact, a Frost & Sullivan analyst said in a press release. As a result, the software is likely to be used mostly by niche car brands, he said. “The announcement from Apple will not pose a big threat for the traditional automotive infotainment […]

Apple wants iOS in the car

Apple executive Eddy Cue sees high potential for iOS in the car (Photo: Apple)

Apple wants to boost its presence in automotive infotainment, pitching its Siri application as the ideal interface to manage several in-car functions. Siri is an Apple app that resides on the computer and software maker’s iPhone and lets the user perform a range of tasks through the use of voice commands. Siri can be operated […]

Report: Mobile app downloads soaring

Google Play is a major source of mobile app downloads (Photo: Google)

Mobile app downloads more than doubled in 2012 and will continue to grow rapidly through 2017, a new research report says. The report by Berg Insight, a Swedish market analysis company, said mobile app downloads soared to 60.1 billion in 2012 from 29.5 billion in 2011. They will continue to grow to 108 billion in […]