Months after Audi, BMW and Daimler acquired Here from Nokia for 2.5 billion euros, the three carmakers are in talks with Amazon and other companies about a broader ownership structure for the digital mapping company, according to news reports. The Reuters news agency said the talks focus on Amazonâ€™s ability to provide cloud computing services Read More..
BMW used Microsoftâ€™s Build 2016 developer conference to unveil the first version of its BMW Connected mobility platform. The new BMW â€œOpen Mobility Cloud,â€ which runs on the Microsoft Azure infrastructure and will be available for Apple’s iOS mobile operating system, is fully scalable and a key component of the premium car makerâ€™s strategy to Read More..
BMW has appointed Jens Monsees to the position ofÂ vice-president digital strategy, according to theÂ former Google manager’s LinkedIn profile. The website shows that Monsees, 45, took up his new role last month. Monsees previously served as Google’s industry leader automotive and, in an earlier role, was BMW’s Â international innovation manager. Monsees is one of several senior Read More..
Here, which was acquired from Nokia by a consortium of German carmakers last year, appointed Edzard Overbeek to head the operations of the digital mapping group. Overbeek, 48, is a senior executive at Cisco, where he most recently has been responsible for theÂ technology group’s 12 billion-dlr global services organization. Earlier, he worked at several other Read More..
BMW sales chief Ian Robertson wants to process future sales transactions in minutes. Heâ€™s counting on information technology to enable this speedup in what has, for decades, been a much lengthier process. In an interview in late 2015, Robertson talked to automotiveIT about technology-driven changes in car retailingÂ and the new significance of premium vehicles. He Read More..
Thorsten Achenbach ist the newÂ CIO at BMW’s Chinese joint venture, BMW Brilliance Automotive. The IT manager, who earlier served as vice president at consultants Capgemini, has been in his new position in China since September 1. Achenbach, who has an engineering degree, knows BMW well from his days as global account director for BMW at Read More..
FRANKFURT â€“ The planned acquisition of Nokia HERE by a consortium of German premium carmakers provides a business opportunity for the map maker’s biggest competitor, TomTom’s new automotive boss said in an interview at the Frankfurt Auto Show last month. “It changes the competitive landscape, because HERE is no longer just a map supplier; it’s Read More..
FRANKFURT – Automakers are making progress in adapting their development cycles to faster-moving partner industries, but they cannot yet match the agility of digital companies, said Bernd Herold, associated partner atÂ management consultants Mieschke, Hofmann undÂ Partner (MHP). In an address to the carIT Congress here, Herold said the auto industry needs to develop modular software libraries Read More..
FRANKFURT – A senior BMW research executive reaffirmed the industry’s focus on autonomous driving, saying the trend is “absolutely no hype.” Christoph Grote, who heads technology and innovation in BMW’s R&D department, told the carIT Congress here that autonomous driving will offer “premium driving comfort, more security and more traffic efficiency.” He cited driver distraction Read More..
Robert Bosch said it has joined a German research product aimed atÂ speeding up the development of automated-driving technologies. The German automotive supplier group said Ko-HAF, as the project is called, wants to help develop cars “in which drivers no longer need to be constantly vigilant.” Ko-HAF is a German-language acronym that stands for “Cooperative Highly-Automated Read More..