Joining the race to lead a new generation of city cars, Audi will show a 1+1 seat electrically propelled urban vehicle at next month’s Frankfurt auto show (IAA). The German premium carmaker said in a press release that the concept car, which will be made of lightweightÂ carbon fiber, will combine “elements of a racing Read More..
BMW has extended by five years a multi-million-dollar network services agreement with HP, the U.S. based IT group said Thursday. Under the new agreement, the German premium carmaker will receive a range of higher value support services for the HP technology that provides a major part of BMW’s networking infrastructure. Among these is a next-business-day Read More..
BMW Financial Services depends for all its IT needs on the group’s internal service division. IT at BMW is run by Karl-Erich Probst, CIO, while financial services at the German premium carmaker is headed by Erich Ebner von Eschenbach. Probst and Ebner von Eschenbach explain in an interview with automotiveIT what their common goals are Read More..
Here’s what the auto industry wants: Microprocessors that are tailormade for the automotive environment, that can withstand huge temperature swings and near-constant vibration and, most importantly, never ever fail. To make microprocessors that meet those requirements, experts say a rethink of the entire production process is order. And that’s exactly what is happening. “Until now, Read More..
A group of 11carmakers, suppliers and research institutes has been working on new technologies that improve safety at intersections. One project effectively lets a driver look around the corner. Another prevents accidents from occurring when a car turns left. Such systems would help defuse and prevent dangerous traffic situations at intersections, traditionally major black spots Read More..
Volvo’s emergency-braking system received top honors in an ADAC test of six systems. The technology, as installed on a Volvo V60, received a “very good” from the German automobile club. Mercedes, Audi and VW systems were rated “good,” while BMW and Infiniti were classified as “satisfactory.” The ADAC tested the system in a range of Read More..
German auto companies are embracing car sharing. Volkswagen is the latest German carmaker to announce the launch of aÂ program. Europe’s largest automotive group said it is launching a project called “Quicar – Share a Volkswagen,” with 200 VW Golf BlueMotion cars in the northern German city of Hanover. Daimler has been expanding globally Read More..
The third open AUTOSAR conference will take place Â May 11 in Frankfurt. The one-day gathering features presentations by executives of BMW, Volkswagen, Renault, PSA/Peugeot-Citroen, Bosch, Continental, Valeo and other companies. VW’s Bernd Kunkel will discuss how AUTOSAR initiatives are implemented at core car-company members of the development partnership. Continental’s Khosrau Heidary will present the main Read More..
BMW posted record results in the first quarter of 2011Â and reaffirmed its goal of building more than 1.5 million new vehicles this year. The German premium car maker said its profit before financial results soared to 1.9 billion euros in the first quarter from 449 million euros a year earlier and group net jumped four-fold Read More..