BMW plans to open a technology scouting office in Tel Aviv, focusing on new technologies and cooperation with regional startup companies. The German premium car group will also look at opportunities to establish joint research projects with local universities. ” Tel Aviv has one of the fastest growing startup scenes in the world – especially in Read More..
Around the world, technology decision-makers at automotive OEMs and their suppliers are wrestling with some difficult decisions. How can they digitalise their supply chains in order to compete more effectively in the industry today, while at the same time preparing those supply chains for major disruption down the road? By Jessica Twentyman It’s a challenge Read More..
By some accounts, subscription is on the verge of doing for the whole economy what Netflix and Spotify have done to DVDs and CDs — supplant ownership with access to an ever-refreshing supply for a monthly (or weekly) fee. The auto industry is not immune to the trend, but so far the traditional retail model Read More..
BMW’s i Ventures capital fund, based in Mountain View, California [HQ pictured], is investing in two-year-old machine intelligence company Graphcore, based in Bristol, UK, and with offices in London, Oslo, Palo Alto and Beijing. Graphcore is said to be developing a new kind of computer processor and software: its Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU) is purpose-designed Read More..
With the Detroit Auto Show struggling, CES, even more than in recent years, is stepping up its automotive game. Though no major keynotes by auto-company CEOs have been announced to date, the number of companies preparing to show cars or car-related products at the annual consumer electronics gathering in Las Vegas seems to have grown Read More..
Volkswagen has added a 3D printing center to its Toolmaking unit in Wolfsburg, to make complex vehicle components both for prototyping and then series production. It features new-generation HP-supplied printers with a fast, flexible binder jetting process; this supplements the selective laser melting (SLM) process used earlier, and is said to make metallic 3D printing Read More..
Nick Gill is leader of Capgemini’s Global Automotive practice. He has 25 years technology consulting experience, working with global manufacturing companies, including two stints at General Motors Europe. He is responsible for managing a portfolio of clients across OEMs, suppliers, and dealerships. Paul Fisher spoke to him about the trends and challenges facing the car industry and some Read More..
Californian electric vehicle start-up Rivian Automotive, founded 2009, has hit the headlines this week with the unveiling of two tough-looking, load-carrying, active-outdoors models: the R1T, a five-seater pick-up truck, and the R1S, a seven-seater SUV [pictured]. These are both to be built in the USA in Normal, Illinois, and are based on a skateboard chassis Read More..
When BMW introduced its new 3 Series sedan at the Paris Auto Show last month, it highlighted the digital technologies that are designed to give a major boost to the car’s connectivity. The immediate goal: to make the core BMW model – and other new models to come – more attractive, and give the premium Read More..
Dirk Abendroth, a former BMW manager and currently a senior executive at electric-vehicle startup Byton, will become chief technology officer at Continental’s automotive division, effective January 1. Abendroth will oversee all global R&D in a new company the German automotive supplier will form next year. The Byton manager, 43, has expertise in key areas such Read More..