carIT Congress: BMW executive sees electric future

BMW's Frickenstein (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — BMW, which has a fleet of 2.5 million connected cars on the world’s roads, expects an automotive future with highly automated vehicles that are propelled by electric motors, Elmar Frickenstein, vice-president electrics/electronics at the German premium car brand, said Tuesday. Frickenstein said connectivity is already bringing a broad range of new functions to […]

CIO change at BMW: Straub said to succeed Probst

BMW CIO Probst is retiring, sources say (Photo: Claus Dick)

Klaus Straub is expected to succeed  Karl-Erich Probst as CIO of BMW Group at the end of August, industry sources say. Probst took over as head of BMW’s central IT department in 2006. He is leaving the company of his own accord, the sources say. Klaus Straub Straub used to be CIO of Volkswagen Group’s […]

In BMW plant, gesture control is on trial

A worker can register a fault by swiping across a component (Photo: BMW)

BMW, in a test of so-called “Industry 4.0″ car manufacturing, is using camera-based gesture detection in a pilot project at its plant in Landshut, Germany. The premium car maker is trying out the technology for quality control of bumpers before they are mounted. The test is designed to reduce the time and effort it takes to […]

Bosch introduces “combiner” head-up displays for BMW

The "combiner" head-up display makes it look as if the information is suspended two meters before the vehicle (Photo: Robert Bosch)

So-called “combiner” head-up displays built by Robert Bosch will be available on a range of BMW Group models, including the new Mini hatchback, the German automotive supplier said. The combiner system merges the images that are generated by the car’s instrument panel with the scenery outside and makes the combined picture look as if it […]

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 […]

BMW 535i: Driving our HMI test winner

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BMW did best in our premium-segment HMI test, so I was keen to try out a BMW 535i on a recent 1,800km roundtrip between Munich and Amsterdam. I set out to get a subjective impression of the ease of use of BMW’s connected infotainment and driver assistance systems. No attempt was made to do a […]

carIT Congress: BMW exec sees “iconic change” for car industry

BMW's Blaettel xxx (Photo: Claus Dick)

FRANKFURT – The auto industry is undergoing an “iconic change” as it moves into a new-mobility era, a senior BMW executive said Wednesday. Bernhard Blaettel, director mobility services at the German premium car maker, told the Mobility 3.0 Congress here that the changes are driven by increased urbanization, expectations of higher oil prices and customers’ […]

Point of view: HMI still has way to go

Hilmar Dunker is editor-in-chief of Germany's automotiveIT and carIT magazines

carIT magazine recently commissioned a test to see how the infotainment operating systems of the three German premium car manufacturers stack up. The Doppler Laboratory for Contextual Interfaces at Austria’s Salzburg University together with the Auto Club Europe employed 36 specially selected drivers to test the systems of the Audi A3, the BMW 1 Series […]

At BMW, a new central archive for financial records

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BMW has reorganized its financial records, bringing all data together in one central archive that can be accessed directly from the company’s SAP systems. KGS Software, a provider of SAP interface and archiving software, said it implemented the project at the German premium car maker together with information management specialist fme AG. The integration into […]

BMW shows production version of i3 in Beijing, London, NY

Top BMW executives showed the i3 in Beijing (Photo: BMW)

BMW unveiled production versions of its new i3 electric vehicle in Beijing, London and New York Monday, setting the stage for the full market introduction of the car later this year. The Munich-based premium car maker, which hopes the i3 will give a boost to an electric car market that has been slow to take […]