Automated driving gets a boost as Bosch joins research project

Many requirements need to be met for autonomous driving (Photo: Bosch)

Robert Bosch said it has joined a German research product aimed at¬†speeding up the development of automated-driving technologies. The German automotive supplier group said Ko-HAF, as the project is called, wants to help develop cars “in which drivers no longer need to be constantly vigilant.” Ko-HAF is a German-language acronym that stands for “Cooperative Highly-Automated […]

Nokia HERE: Accenture consultant sees more acquisitions

Axel Schmidt (Photo: Accenture)

Following news that Audi, BMW and Daimler are set to jointly acquire Nokia HERE, automotiveIT asked Accenture automotive expert Axel Schmidt three questions about the implications of the transaction. automotiveIT: What’s in it for¬†Audi, BMW and¬†Daimler to acquire Nokia HERE? Schmidt:¬†The carmakers are first and foremost interested in a platform that can be the foundation […]

Audi, BMW, Daimler jointly acquire Nokia HERE

Maps will be more important for autonomous cars (Phote: Nokia)

A consortium of German carmakers is buying Nokia’s digital mapping business for 2.8 billion euros. Audi, BMW and Daimler confirmed in a press release that they will jointly acquire Nokia HERE and will run the mapping company as an independent entity that will provide a platform open to all customers. The three, which will hold […]

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 […]

Survey: Many drivers unfamiliar with infotainment features

Audi drivers are most likely to use infotainment features (Photo: Audi)

More is not necessarily better when it comes to infotainment in today’s cars, according to a new survey. And many car drivers are less than familiar with the infotainment functions available to them. Those are just two of the conclusions from a survey¬†of 14,000 recent US car buyers conducted by market researchers Nielsen and consultants […]

BMW, Porsche come out first with Apple Watch apps

(Photo: Apple)

BMW and Porsche were among the first to come with Apple Watch applications for their cars, but other brands are expected to¬†follow shortly. Last week already, BMW’s DriveNow car sharing brand announced a function that lets drivers open and close DriveNow vehicles with their Apple Watch. This week, BMW unveiled an Apple Watch version of […]

automotiveIT Congress: BMW addresses distruptive innovation challenge

Klaus Straub (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER – Silicon Valley is the source of various¬†new disruptive technologies and the auto industry should treat these “with respect,” BMW CIO Klaus Straub said Thursday. Carmakers are facing “dramatic changes,” Straub ¬†said in an address to the automotiveIT Congress here.¬† “Digital disruption will happen in auto industry,” he said. As the industry addresses, some […]

BMW: Zipse to become new production boss

Oliver Zipse (Photo: BMW)

Oliver Zipse will become the new production chief at BMW, succeeding Harald Krueger, who will take over as CEO May 13. BMW, in particular, cited the international manufacturing experience¬†Zipse has gathered in his 24 year career at the premium car maker. Zipse, 51, joined BMW as a trainee in 1991 and held positions in development, […]

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. […]

automotiveIT magazine: Audi, BMW, Mercedes embrace digital

New technology is entering car showrooms (Photo: Audi)

Germany’s three premium brands are using digital technology to post higher sales, despite declining showroom traffic. In interviews with automotiveIT international, the sales and marketing chiefs of Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz explained how their companies are catering to a new generation of car buyers, which does its research online and is looking for a physical […]