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..
Following news that Audi, BMW and Daimler are set to jointly acquire Nokia HERE, automotiveIT asked Accenture automotive expert Axel Schmidt three questions about the implications of the transaction. automotiveIT: What’s in it forÂ Audi, BMW andÂ Daimler to acquire Nokia HERE? Schmidt:Â The carmakers are first and foremost interested in a platform that can be the foundation Read More..
A consortium of German carmakers is buying Nokia’s digital mapping business for 2.8 billion euros. Audi, BMW and Daimler confirmed in a press release that they will jointly acquire Nokia HERE and will run the mapping company as an independent entity that will provide a platform open to all customers. The three, which will hold Read More..
BMW is testing a hydrogen fuel-cell electric drive vehicle, but isn’t making any predictions about a possible market launch. The German premium car maker, which showed journalists a 5 Series GT model with a fuel-cell powered electric motor, said the project is one result from the strategic collaboration it formed with Toyota in 2013. That Read More..
More is not necessarily better when it comes to infotainment in today’s cars, according to a new survey. And many car drivers are less than familiar with the infotainment functions available to them. Those are just two of the conclusions from a surveyÂ of 14,000 recent US car buyers conducted by market researchers Nielsen and consultants Read More..