ATLANTA — The automotiveIT International conference, which concluded here last Wednesday, highlighted the breadth of the challenges and opportunities in the auto industry as companies change processes, products and business models. Industry speakers at the two-day event said a bright future lies ahead if automakers and suppliers successfully manage to develop and start adopting new Read More..
Baidu has recruited a senior Microsoft executive, Qi Lu, to serve as its group president and COO. Lu, an artificial intelligence expert, will be in charge ofÂ products, technology, sales, marketing and operations at the Chinese internet company. Baidu said Lu will play a key role in strengthening the company and moving it into new directions. Read More..
Microsoft has unveiled a connected vehicle platform designed to be a core building block for future automotive functions. Renault-Nissan will be the first automaker to build connected cars using the platform. The US-based software company said the new platform aims to help the auto industry achieve five top priorities it hasÂ set for connected-car related offerings. Read More..
Volvo Cars said its new 90 Series cars will offer the Skype for Business communication tool. The option marks a further addition to the auto industry’s growing range of connected services. The Swedish premium car group said it is the first to provideÂ the Microsoft service, which offers a range of expanded Skype functions tailored to Read More..
The Renault-Nissan alliance (RNA) and Microsoft will jointly develop next-generation connected services that will run on the software group’s Azure platform. The cooperation is part of Renault and Nissan’s planÂ to rapidly moveÂ beyond building and selling cars and market a broad range of new-mobility products. “We aim to become the provider of connected mobility for everyone Read More..
Google is the preferred employer for graduates of European universities’ engineering and IT departments as well as its business schools, according to a new survey. Apple comes second in the rankings for business school graduates and Volkswagen Group, which was in second place last year, is now in third position. For engineering and IT graduates, Read More..
The departure of Britain from the European Union will have an obvious impact on the auto industry, in particular in the area ofÂ manufacturing and cross-border sales. Carmakers including General Motors, Ford Motor,Â Nissan, Toyota, Jaguar Land Rover, BMW and Honda build large numbers of vehicles in the UK and many of them are exported. Because Britain Read More..
Toyota has established a separate US-based company to handle global data management and data services development. The new unit, called Toyota Connected, will be the central data science resource for a wide range of new-mobility initiatives. Toyota Connectedâ€™s primary mission is to deliver seamless and contextual services and to use data analytics to support product Read More..
BMW used Microsoftâ€™s Build 2016 developer conference to unveil the first version of its BMW Connected mobility platform. The new BMW â€œOpen Mobility Cloud,â€ which runs on the Microsoft Azure infrastructure and will be available for Apple’s iOS mobile operating system, is fully scalable and a key component of the premium car makerâ€™s strategy to Read More..
Volvo Cars is working with Microsoft to jointly develop next-generation automotive technologies. The cooperation will look at autonomous driving technologies and the use of connected-car data. Volvo and Microsoft this week demonstrated how the use of Microsoft’s HoloLens mixed-reality computer system could allow customers to virtually configure cars in three dimensions. Bjoern Annwall, Volso’s sales Read More..