ZF Friedrichshafen has acquired a majority stake in 2getthere, a provider of automated electric passenger transport systems. The 60% stake bought by ZF will provide the German automotive supplier group with additional expertise in mobility as a service (MaaS), a business area it sees as key to its future product portfolio. Dutch transport systems specialist Read More..
A mere 14% of German IT bosses say their companies have adopted agile working methods, according to a new study. The main reason, 71% of them told IT service provider Citrix, is the aging infrastructure they were confronted with when they started their jobs. Another major factor was a lack of support from top management. Many Read More..
Germans are focused on alternative powertrains and advanced driver assistance systems when buying a new car, but their number one priority is to get a good price for the vehicle they are trading in. A new poll conducted by the puls market research company in December found that 48% of new car buyers consider trade-in Read More..
Europe has managed to extend its leadership position in implementing Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, with the help of more pilot projects and higher investments, according to a new report. A study by management consultants Bain & Company says companies in Europe are implementing IoT technologies three times faster than the average competitor in the Read More..
BMW plans to open a technology scouting office in Tel Aviv, focusing on new technologies and cooperation with regional startup companies. The German premium car group will also look at opportunities to establish joint research projects with local universities. ” Tel Aviv has one of the fastest growing startup scenes in the world – especially in Read More..
Despite plans to have fewer electronic control units (ECUs) in cars, there are still likely to be many ECUs in today’s and tomorrow’s connected vehicles. And every ECU requires additional lines of code. Israeli software specialist Aurora Labs says a modern premium car features around 100 million lines of code. The company has developed “self-healing” software to help protect the connected Read More..
German automotive supplier Mahle is in the middle of a digital transformation. Electric/electronics, software and networks are extremely important to the company’s new products, and its information technology has to be converted companywide. In an interview, CIO Markus Bentele discusses the art of juggling all the changes and the new collaboration between Mahle’s IT and Read More..
Digital transformation may be high on the agenda of just about every company, but few have made the organizational changes needed to effectively execute the required processes. That is one of the outcomes of a survey by Germany’s high-tech association, Bitkom, which found that two-thirds of companies polled admitted that they have not yet created Read More..
Audi CIO Frank Loydl has been on the job since February of this year. One of the first decisions he made was to launch an IT transformation project called NEXT:IT. It centers around a reorientation of the IT organization at Volkswagen Group’s premium brand. With a restart planned for January 1, the pace is high. Read More..
Artificial intelligence is one of the top five topics on the agenda of many CIOs and CDOs in the auto industry. It’s not unusual for them to sit down with Wolfgang Wahlster, the head of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), and get first-hand information on the latest technologies. Then they jointly develop ideas for innovative Read More..