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..
BMW Group has signed up KPIT and TTTech as software partners in its autonomous driving programme. The collaboration will involve the development of a scalable autonomous driving platform and functions at autonomous driving Levels 3 and 4/5 (Highway Pilot and Urban Pilot). KPIT is a global cross-industry consultancy with its headquarters in Pune, India. TTTech, Read More..
PARIS – BMW’s new 3 Series, unveiled here this week, will be the first big test of the carmaker’s strategic move away from being a maker of premium performance vehicles to becoming a hardware and software company. New sedan boasts a range of connected technologies and assistance systems to meet the needs of a new Read More..
BMW and Daimler officially asked the European Commission for approval to form a new global mobility company. The green light from the European Union is one of the last obstacles to establishing the joint venture, which will bundle the mobility operations of the two German premium carmakers. BMW and Daimler also said the global headquarters Read More..
BMW is investing around €100 million in a new driving simulation facility at its FIZ Research and Innovation Centre, Munich. It describes this as to be the world’s most advanced of its kind, and says it will enable virtual testing of advanced assistance systems and display and control concepts for autonomous driving. The Driving Simulation Read More..
BMW Group has introduced computer tomography at its pilot plant in the Research & Innovation Center (FIZ), Munich: this involves robotized X-ray scanning of prototypes to enable faster analysis development and production. It has particular application for quality control, where it allows vehicles to be checked without any physical dismantling. In the trial system, four Read More..