Broadcasters press for in-car digital reception

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Initiatives to replace FM with digital radio are speeding up across Europe, but the auto industry has been slow to follow suit in the car, broadcast executives say. That may be about to change as countries review the future of FM and begin switching off the nearly 80 year old radio platform. Such a switch-off […]

With new CEO, Visteon puts focus on the connected car

The e-bee concept shows Visteon's ambitions in in-car infotainment (Photo: Visteon)

Visteon completed the sale of a climate control subsidiary as part of its strategy to become what it termed “a technology-focused pure-play supplier of automotive cockpit electronics and connected car solutions.” The Michigan-based automotive supplier also announced that it had appointed former top Harman International executive Sachin Lawande as its new CEO, succeeding Tim Leuliette, who […]

Opel launches OnStar in Europe as free service in first year

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Opel joined the race to be the best connected car brand in Geneva Tuesday, when it announced that General Motors’ OnStar connectivity suite will be available on all of its models starting this year. Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann said OnStar will be rolled out in 13 European markets by the middle of 2015, with other […]

Ford looks at Apple, Amazon for clues to successful transformation

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Ford Motor said it would study companies such as Apple and Amazon to learn how to successfully manage a major industry transformation. Ford Motor CEO Mark Fields, in an address to the International CAR Symposium in Bochum, Germany, announced that the US-based carmaker has entered into a research cooperation with Aachen University to launch the […]

automotiveIT publishes book about car industry’s future

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MUNICH – Germany’s Media-Manufaktur has published a book that provides an in-depth look at how the world’s biggest car companies are preparing for an era of new mobility. The German business publisher, parent company of automotiveIT and automotiveIT international, said the new 88-page – English-language – book is titled “Automotive 4.0 – The Digital Revolution.” […]

Automotive World – Tokyo

Automotive World features several specialized exhibits and a conference program (Photo:Automotive World)

Automotive World, which will focus on new automotive and connected-car technologies, will take place at the Tokyo “Big Site” conference venue January 14 through 16, 2015. Billed as “Japan’s largest exhibition and conference for automotive technology,” the event consists of several dedicated fairs. Their focus is on: electric vehicles, connected cars, component processing technology, weight […]

carIT Congress: VDA president confident in German connected-car leadership

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HANOVER — Germany is catching up in the area of connected cars and hopes in coming years to assume a leading position globally, the country’s automobile association (VDA) president, Matthiass Wissmann said at the annual carIT Congress here. But he warned that the industry’s leadership role can only be assured if it is as committed […]

carIT Congress: Audi’s Hackenberg vows to reduce complexity

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HANOVER — Audi’s connected-car strategy is moving to the next level as more powerful processors make it easier for drivers to operate increasingly complex functions, said Ulrich Hackenberg, the brand’s head of technical development. In an address to the annual carIT Congress here, Hackenberg said Audi’s strategy is designed to deal with the three megatrends […]

AT&T offers 6 apps for connectivity platform

AT&T directly addresses the needs of the auto industry at its At&T Drive studio (Photo: ATT)

AT&T is offering carmakers six new voice-enabled apps that will add features such as weather forecasts, parking updates and personalized radio to its its connected-car platform. The US wireless company said the apps were developed by AccuWeather, Glympse, iHeartRadio, Stitcher, Streetling and Tribune Digital Ventures. “Each of these apps provides an enhanced in-car experience for users […]

Los Angeles auto show

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The Los Angeles auto show, which will start Nov. 18, will feature nearly 60 world and North American vehicle debuts, the organizers said. The annual event will, once again, kick off with a Connected Car Expo, which will be enhanced with a “Connected City Summit.” The connected-car event, which will take place for the second […]