BMW opens Connected Drive lab and Designworks studio in Shanghai

BMW's design chief, Adrian van Hooydonk (center), discusses details of the Vision ConnectedDrive concept (Photo: BMW)

BMW, stepping up its activities in China, said it has opened a Connected Drive lab and a design studio in Shanghai. The German premium car maker said its Connected Drive lab will allow key development initiatives to be directly linked to Asian markets. Alexis Trolink, who heads the Shanghai facility, said in a press release […]

Genivi All Member Meeting – Paris


Genivi will hold its annual member meeting at Disneyland outside Paris April 24-27, with more than 500 participants scheduled to attend. The alliance, whose goal is to develop cross-industry software standards for the development of in-vehicle infotainment, groups automakers, automotive suppliers, telematics and mobile phone companies. Speaking at a Telematics Update conference in Munich this […]

Telematics Update: Room seen for embedded and smartphone-based connectivity

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MUNICH — Cars will be connected to the internet through both embedded and smartphone-based systems, telematics executives said Wednesday. In a discussion of the pros and cons of the different approaches at a Telematics Update conference here, a panel of experts said the mode of connectivity depends on different factors. “I see a hybrid approach; […]

BMW’s i8 Concept Spyder further expands “i” brand

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BMW unveiled a fourth new model in its “i” range, underscoring the carmaker’s intentions to expand the new brand it is officially launching next year. The BMW i8 Concept Spyder is a plug-in hybrid powered by an electric motor and a gasoline combustion engine which, together, provide a combined output of up to 354 bhp. […]

BMW steps up CO2 reduction efforts; delivers record 2011 results

CEO Reithofer says BMW has had a good start to 2012 (Photo: Arjen Bongard

BMW is confident it will achieve European CO2 targets for 2015, but to meet longer-term goals, it plans to step up r&d developments. “We are totally confident we will meet the target set for the BMW Group” for 2015, said BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer. He said the group’s more efficient drivetrain technology will help it […]

automotiveDAY 2012: IT becoming a competitive differentiator

Co-founder Rogers explained a new crowd-sourcing based approach to carmaking (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — One thing was clear at the 2012 automotiveDAY conference: IT is quickly becoming one of the major differentiators in the competition between the world’s car brands. Until recently, IT was mostly seen as way to reduce costs and boost efficiency. But in addresses to the conference, IT directors outlined how the services they […]

automotiveDAY: Progress cited on open PLM standards

Continental's Hoeflich, BMW's Probst and ProSTEP's Vetterman (l-to-r) welcomed progress made on PLM openness (Photo: Claus Dick)

HANOVER — Automakers and suppliers reported major progress in creating common IT standards to be used in product lifecycle management (PLM). “We now have a common understanding with regard to the issue of openness in PLM systems and now have measurable criteria for that openness,” said Steven Vetterman, who heads ProSTEP iViP, a global association […]

automotiveDAY: BMW execs say selectivity is key in infotainment

BMW's Hildegard Wortmann (left) and Karl Probst describe the opportunities and challenges of connected cars (Photo: automotiveIT)

HANOVER – BMW executives see huge possibilities to add a wealth of new in-car infotainment functions, but they agreed that selectivity is key. “The possibilities are endless but we need to focus on what makes sense from the point of view of usefulness for the customer,” said Hildegard Wortmann, senior vice president product management at […]

BMW’s Draeger, Diess to switch jobs

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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 […]