BMW’s Draeger, Diess to switch jobs

BMW's head of purchasing, Herbert Diess, will take charge of group R&D (Photo: BMW)

Two top BMW executives are switching roles as the premium carmaker moves to more effectively deal with a growing range of products and initiatives. R&D Boss Klaus Draeger will assume responsibility for group purchasing, taking over from Herbert Diess, who henceforth will be in charge of group R&D. At the same time, Ian Robertson, global […]

German BMWs to get Vodafone SIM cards

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New BMWs in Germany will be equipped with specially adapted Vodafone SIM cards from this summer as the German premium carmaker pursues its ConnectedDrive strategy. Under a five-year agreement between BMW and Vodafone Germany, new cars will be fitted with the SIM cards at the assembly plant. The cards use machine-to-machine technology that allows different […]

With Aupeo!, BMW integrates 1st global 3rd-party iPhone App

BMW is rolling out globally a music App similar to Pandora in N. America (Photo: BMW)

BMW is launching the Aupeo! personal radio iPhone App, the first global application developed by a third party. The Munich-based premium car maker said Aupeo! will soon be available for all current BMW and Mini models. The launch of Aupeo!, a kind of personal DJ service similar to the North American Pandora internet radio service, […]

BMW, Daimler, Bosch to build joint data platform for EV charging

A standardized charging-station infrastructure is seen as critical to the growth of electric vehicles (Photo: RWE)

Automakers Daimler and BMW are teaming up with key German automotive suppliers and electric utilities to build a common data platform for electric-vehicle charging. The two premium carmakers plan to form a joint venture for this purpose with suppliers Robert Bosch and Siemens and utilities RWE and EnBW. They hope the joint data platform will […]

Ulbrich to become new Audi CIO Feb 1

Mattias Ulbrich has held various senior IT positions within the VW Group (Photo: VW)

Mattias Ulbrich will become Audi’s new CIO effective Feb. 1. He will succeed Klaus Straub, who is leaving the premium car unit of Volkswagen Group to join rival BMW. Ulrich was born in Braunschweig, Germany, in 1966, studied electrical engineering there and started his professional career in marketing at IT group Hewlett Packard in 1996. […]

BMW’s Draeger predicts big EV battery improvements

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MUNICH — It wasn’t so long ago that a typical discussion with BMW’s r&d chief would focus on new combustion-engine technology, the aerodynamic qualities of the latest car designs or the relative driving characteristics of Germany’s three premium carmakers. Those topics are still important. But in an interview with automotiveIT, Klaus Draeger, BMW’s board member […]

BMW, Toyota pool research on lithium-ion batteries

Toyota's Uchiyamada said his engineers felt comfortable dealing with their BMW counterparts

BMW and Toyota signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on next-generation green technologies and pool research on lithium-ion batteries. The German premiu car maker will also supply 1.6 liter and 2.0 liter diesel engines to Toyota Motor Europe from 2014, the two companies said in a a press release. Toyota hopes its European lineup […]

BMW, PSA officially launch electrification JV

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BMW and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen Tuesday officially launched their joint venture to develop new electric powertrains and components for use in future models. The German and French car companies said in a statement that the cooperation, BMW Peugeot Electrification, aims to star building hybrid components from 2015. These will be used in models built by both carmakers. […]

BMW, Siemens, Munich to develop fast-charging infrastructure

The Drive eCharged partners are using electric Minis to test the new charging technology (Photo: Mini)

Premium carmaker BMW has teamed up with power-technology group Siemens and the city of Munich to jointly develop a system to recharge electric vehicles in a much shorter time than is possible today. The system, which will allow the use of the same charging socket with both direct current or alternating current, should become an […]

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 […]