carIT Congress: The search for a connected business model

European manufacturers want functioning car connectivity by 2015

FRANKFURT – One thing was clear at last week’s first carIT Congress: Despite an abundance of new technologies coming to market, the auto industry is still hard at work to define business models for electric vehicles and the connected car. Speakers at the one-day event, whose theme was “Mobility 3.0,” presented an impressive array of […]

carIT Congress: BMW’s Frickenstein says LTE is needed

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FRANKFURT — A senior BMW executive said the era of the connected car will require a better functioning communication infrastructure and a standardization of automotive software. Elmar Frickenstein, who heads the German premium car maker’s electrical and electronics research, told the carIT conference here that an infrastructure with fast connections is needed to efficiently provide […]

BMW looking for IT experts

The i3 is the first of a new generation of BMW electric vehicles (Photo: BMW)

BMW said it is recruiting people to fill 3,500 jobs this year, more than half of them in Germany. The German premium car maker said it is in particular looking for IT skills as it plans to expand its offering of electric vehicles and further develops its connected car vision. BMW Human Resources Chief Harald […]

IAA 2011: Mini’s fifth model, the coupe

The Mini Coupe is the fifth body style offered by Mini (Photo: Mini)

Mini will showcase its fifth model, the Mini Coupe, at the Frankfurt auto show (IAA)next week. The coupe will have four engine variants ranging from a 122 bhp powerplant to the 211 bhp engine that power the flagship Mini John Cooper Works Coupe. Mini, part of Germany’s BMW group, is offering increased options to customize […]

BMW’s i3 and i8: The commercial

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Audi to show carbon-fiber electric city car at Frankfurt auto show

Audi's urban concept will have a carbon-fiber shell (Photo: Audi)

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 lightweight  carbon fiber, will combine “elements of a racing […]

BMW extends network services pact with HP

BMW verlängert Großauftrag mit HP

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 […]

BMW Financial Services interview: IT as a success factor

BMW CIO Karl-Erich Probst (left) and BMW Financial Services head Erich Ebner von Eschenbach work closely together

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 […]

Industry strives for no-fault automotive microprocessors

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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, […]

BMW, VW show how to avoid accidents at intersections

VW's assistant identifies other people involved and warns a driver of critical situations

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 […]