HANOVER — PSA/Peugeot-Citroen is stepping up eff0rts to build a real fourth brand for mobility services, the French carmaker’s new mobility services chief, Brigitte Courtehoux, said Thursday. Next to Peugeot, Citroen and DS branded vehicles, the company last year launched its Free2Move mobility services brand.Â Courtehoux didn’t comment on the expected addition of a fifth brand, Read More..
HANOVER — Networking the manufacturing industry involves a high degree of cultural change at industrial companies, Schaeffler’s chief digital officer, Gerhard Baum, said Thursday. “It’s important to bring the people along,” Baum said in an address at the annual automotiveIT Congress here. The CDO of of the German automotive supplier group cited a range of Read More..
FRANKFURT – Audi CEO Rupert Stadler said Wednesday that the next generation of its flagship A7 sedan will have the core functions of the carmaker’s “piloted driving” technologies on board. In a keynote address at the carIT Congress here, Stadler said the car, which is planned for 2017, will likely be able to drive in Read More..
HANOVER â€“ Chinese newcomer Qoros has one advantage over all other automakers: the company started five years ago from a clean sheet of paper and didn’t have to deal with antiquated plants, outdated machinery, old software or a difficult product history. “We took a greenfield approach to everything,” said Qoros CIO Wolfgang Grottke. “We have Read More..
HANOVER – The ties between the automotive and IT industries will get a major push from the introduction in Europe of eCall, a senior German government official said Thursday. “At the latest with the firm introduction of eCall the connection of all cars with the internet can no longer be stopped,” said Cornelia Rogall-Grothe. Rogall-Grothe Read More..
HANOVER â€“ General Motors CIO Randy Mott said IT is a “strategic corporate asset” for the automaker. It can play a key role in boosting the speed of innovation, he said. Mott, who joined GM two years ago, has embarked on a complete IT revamp at the company, insourcing most services that were previously handled Read More..
FRANKFURT – A senior Volvo executive said the next version of the XC90, which will be launched in 2014, will likely have a big portrait-layout monitor not unlike the display in Tesla’s new Model S. Volvo unveiled a concept coupe at the Frankfurt auto show (IAA) that featured such a monitor. It is one of Read More..
FRANKFURT – Smartphones provide a “window of opportunity” to upgrade and personalize in-car infotainment beyond the possibilities of embedded technologies, a senior Ford development executive said Tuesday. Speaking to the 400 participants at the Mobility 3.0 Congress here, Caspar Dirk Hohage said a connected smartphone circumvents the relatively slow development cycles that are a fact Read More..
FRANKFURT – Different methods for integrating smartphones in the car will continue for years before an eventual standardization takes place, a senior Daimler executive said Wednesday. “Unfortunately, we’ll have to suffer many systems until one standard wins the day,” said Peter Haeusermann, head of electronics and telematics at the German premium car maker. In an Read More..