Mercedes-Benz is expanding its “Croove” private car sharing program, introducing the platform in Berlin four months after it started a pilot program in Munich. The German premium car brand, which belongs toÂ the Daimler Group, said Croove is part of a strategy to move away from merely building and selling cars and become a mobility provider Read More..
Toyota Motor plans to build a software platform that aims to ease cooperation between the carmaker and its new-mobility partners as they strive to deliver new products. The Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) will bring together a range of business functions Toyota has developed. Through the platform, partners will have access to these functions, which include Read More..
FRANKFURT – The auto industry is undergoing an “iconic change” as it moves into a new-mobility era, a senior BMW executive said Wednesday. Bernhard Blaettel, director mobility services at the German premium car maker, told the Mobility 3.0 Congress here that the changes are driven by increased urbanization, expectations of higher oil prices and customers’ Read More..
LAS VEGAS – Visteon hopes to persuade automakers that its new infotainment platform offers all the essential user requirements while still giving car brands the possibility to differentiate with unique design features. At this week’s CES electronics fair, the US-based automotive supplier is showing a mid-range infotainment system aimed at global car models needing enhanced Read More..
Europeans still want to buy cars, despite increasing concerns about traffic congestion, air pollution and rising fuel costs. That is one of the conclusions from a survey of 6,000 people across Europe conducted on behalf of Ford Motor by The Futures Company, a consultancy firm. The survey found that a majority of Europeans would find Read More..
Deutsche Telekom said it has agreed on a strategic technology partnership with Deutsche Bahn to help the German national railway system grow its electric-vehicle car-sharing and fleet management operations. The two companies want to achieve closer networking of trains, cars and energy systems Witn Flinkster, Deutsche Bahn runs one of the largest car-sharing networks in Read More..
Peugeot and Germany’s national railway system, Deutsche Bahn, have signed a letter of intent to jointly develop a car-sharing program in the country. Peugeot is keen to expand its “Mu by Peugeot” car-sharing initiative and the two companies will assess the feasibility of providing cars at around 100 German rail stations. Deutsche Bahn already operates Read More..
General Motors is making its first major foray into car sharing through an agreement with RelayRides, a peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace. The US-based automaker said the two companies would use GM’s OnStar onboard telematics system to let GM vehicle owners in the US rent out their cars when they are not using them. The program will Read More..
German auto companies are embracing car sharing. Volkswagen is the latest German carmaker to announce the launch of aÂ program. Europe’s largest automotive group said it is launching a project called “Quicar – Share a Volkswagen,” with 200 VW Golf BlueMotion cars in the northern German city of Hanover. Daimler has been expanding globally Read More..
Daimler said it is launching its car2go car-sharing program in Vancouver this summer. The German premium carmaker, which has announced several new cities for car2go recently, said it is creating a new Canadian subsidiary, car2go Canada Ltd, to manage the scheme. AÂ network of 225 low-emission smart “car2go edition” vehicles will be available to Vancouver Read More..