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..
Mercedes-BenzÂ sales boss Ola Kaellenius will succeed Thomas Weber as head of R&D at the Daimler Group, the German premium car companyÂ said Tuesday. Weber, 61, will leave DaimlerÂ when his contract expires December 31. Weber has been a Daimler management board member since 2003. He has held his current position as R&D head since January 2004. “Thomas Read More..
Siemens and Hewlett Packard have built a new vehicle design infrastructure that provides Nissan’s global R&D centers with improved access to the latest vehicle development data. The two technology companies said the infrastructure, which usesÂ a virtual desktop for engineering, letsÂ Nissan more easily manage itsÂ global vehicle design operations. The Japanese carmaker has already started using the Read More..
Volkswagen Group CEO Martin Winterkorn said plans by consumer electronics companies to get more actively involved in the car industry may have a positive effect on car sales to a younger generation of consumers. “I highly welcome the interest of Apple, Google and others in the automobile,” Winterkorn said on the eve of the Geneva Read More..
Faurecia, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, and the Technical University of Dortmund have opened a joint research center for metals processing. ReCIMP (Research Center for Industrial Metal Processing) will develop new manufacturing technologies as well as components for the auto industry. A key research goal is to improve basic knowledge of innovative metal Read More..
BANGALORE â€“ Companies in mature markets are increasingly transferring r&d abroad and premium car maker Daimler is no exception. The company recently inaugurated a new r&d center here, underscoring the importance it attaches to the fast-growing Indian market. â€œIndia is one of the core markets of our Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy, and it has enormous Read More..
Daimler officially opened a new r&d center in Bangalore, strengthening its activities in the growing Indian market. The German premium car maker said the facility, which employs 1,200 people, is the biggest of its kind in India. Bangalore also has a special focus on IT. “Our new centre of competence in Bangalore gives us direct Read More..
Renault and Nissan opened a new advanced research center that will specialize in autonomous driving and connected cars. The center, which is located in California’s Silicon Valley, will focus on three initial projects: the development of autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles that can tap into infrastructure and the internet, and research in the area of human Read More..
As chief technology officer, Paul Mascarenas is a key player in Ford Motor’s long-term strategic ambitions. Mascarenas, a 30- year veteran of the US based global automotive giant, helps define, research and implement the broad array of new technologies that Ford wants and needs to remain competitive in the 21st century. Mascarenas looks at new Read More..
Software development for engine control units is both complex and expensive. That’s why Volkswagen and Clausthal University of Technology are looking for ways to make this work more efficient. Europe’s largest auto company and the smallest technical university in Germany with barely 4,000 students have established the Institute for Applied Software Systems Engineering (IPSSE), a Read More..