Volkswagen has to master a balancing act: On one hand, the carmaker needs investment discipline. On the other, there is tremendous pressure to innovate. Ulrich Eichhorn, who heads the VW Group research and development operations, talks about current efforts to electrify VW’s portfolio and breathe artificial intelligence into autonomous cars. Mr. Eichhorn, the Volkswagen Group Read More..
At ZF Friedrichshafen, digitization has a huge influence on the business. In an interview, Chief Digital Officer Mamatha Chamarthi describes the fast pace of cultural change and outlines the close interplay with corporate IT. The stated goal: ZF, one of the world’s biggest automotive suppliers, will increasingly take responsibility for software and system integration â€“ Read More..
Digitization is changing the automotive industry top to bottom. In a short interview with automotiveIT, Klaus Entenmann, CEO of Daimler Financial Services, discusses which technological developments are crucial forÂ the financial services units of car manufacturers and what the consequences are for the way they approach customers. automotiveIT: Mr.Â Entenmann, digital transformation is taking place across the Read More..
Digitization is changing vehiclesâ€™ interiors along with their other aspects. Georges Massing, director, user interaction at Mercedes-Benz, spoke with automotiveIT about the effects of the trend, the use of artificial intelligence and new assistance systems. _Mr. Massing, it was striking at CES in Las Vegas that operating concepts have moved into the spotlight. The digital Read More..
Jeff Massimilla was named chief product cybersecurity officer of General Motors (GM) in 2014. His appointment, one of the first of its kind in the global auto industry, underscored the crucial importance of cyber safety for the coming generations of fully connected cars. Massimilla spoke to automotiveIT at the Detroit auto show in January. Excerpts: Read More..
More automakers are creating the position of chief digital officer as a central point of contact for digitization issues. Someone who is sure to understand how the role is different from that of the CIO is Skoda CDO Andre Wehner. Until he assumed his current position last summer, he was the head of IT at Read More..
Christian Eigler is a realist. In his view, it won’t be trendy roadmaps that lay the basis for successful digitization, but standardization and harmonization. In an interview with automotiveIT, the CIO of automotive supplier Continental talks about the trend toward the “servicification” of products, the buzzword “agility” and IT as a people business. Excerpts: Mr. Read More..
Thilo Koslowski, the CEO of the newly formed Porsche Digital GmbH, recently talked to automotiveIT about Silicon Valley, Germany’s digital infrastructure and Porsche’s new digital technologies. Â _Mr. Koslowski, specific assets have shaped Porsche’s DNA for a long time: air cooling, rear-wheel drive and the number 911. What new gadgets can now stand up to the Read More..
The German auto industry is at a crossroads, Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer says. In an interview, the German automotive expert warns that industry and the political world have to get future issues such as electric mobility, autonomous vehicles and digital sales channels on track â€“ or Germanyâ€™s importance as an automotive nation will diminish over time. Mr. Read More..
Jan Brecht wants to move away from managing and administration to a focus on software and system architectures. The new Daimler CIO, who joined the premium car group from sporting-goods maker Adidas in November 2015, has made speed his top priority. In an interview with automotiveIT, Brecht spoke about his agenda, the opportunities he sees Read More..