ZF takes over TRW

ZF will continue to be headquartered in Friedrichshafen. TRW will be a separate division (Photo: ZF)

Germany’s ZF Friedrichshafen is taking over TRW Automotive to form a new global supplier group that, with combined annual revenue of around 30 billion euros and 138,000 employees, will be among the world’s 10 biggest automotive suppliers. The two companies have complementary strengths, with ZF occupying a leading position in driveline and chassis technologies and […]

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. ‚ÄúEach of these apps provides an enhanced in-car experience for users […]

Infineon to acquire International Rectifier

Infineon CEO Ploss: The International Rectifier acquisition "will unleash great potential.‚ÄĚ (Photo: Infineon)

Infineon has signed an agreement to buy International Rectifier Corp in a bid to further strenghthen its position in the global semiconductor and power management market. The German chip maker will pay 40 dlrs a share or a total of 3 billion dlrs for the California-based power semiconductor specialist. International Rectifier is a specialist maker […]

Siemens receives green light for California e-highway test

Siemens e-highway concept uses overhead cables to power trucks (Photo: Siemens)

Siemens has received the green light from California authorities to test a so-called e-highway concept near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The German electrical and electronics conglomerate said it will fit a section of highway with overhead cables that can power specially equipped trucks the same way trams traditionally operate. Siemens is […]

Tesla, Panasonic build US battery plant

The Tesla Model S electric sports sedan outsells traditional premium competitors in some markets (Photo: Tesla)

Tesla and Panasonic, seeking to lower costs for a core component of electric vehicles, will jointly build a large-scale battery plant in the US, the two companies said in a press statement. Tesla will prepare, provide and manage the land, buildings and utilities, while Panasonic will manufacture¬†cylindrical lithium-ion cells. The Japanese electronics group will also […]

Bosch opens new software development center in Mexico

Bosch's new Guadalajara IT development center was officially opened April 24. Struth is 2nd from left (Photo: Bosch)

Robert Bosch, in a move to strengthen its North American operations, has opened a new software development and engineering services center in Guadalajara, Mexico. The German automotive supplier group said the center will initially employ more than 200 engineers, who will focus on software programming and application services. The move to Mexico underlines Bosch’s faith […]

AT&T to provide connectivity to Volvo Cars in N. America

Volvo's 2015 models will feature high-speed AT&T connectivity (Photo: Volvo Cars)

AT&T has signed a multi-year agreement to provide connectivity to Volvo Cars in North America. The US ¬†communications group said that, starting this summer, its “Single SIM” mobile communications platform would be available to buyers of Volvo’s 2o15 model-year cars. Through Volvo’s Sensus Connect infotainment service, buyers of the new cars would have access to […]

Executive Report: GM CIO confident of progress in IT overhaul

Randy Mott is a keynote speaker at the 2014 automotiveIT Congress (Photo: Larry A. Peplin)

  General Motors CIO Randy Mott is confident he’s making progress in his three-year drive to overhaul IT operations at North America’s largest automaker. In an interview with automotiveIT, Mott cited “a lot of blocking and tackling” he had to do in 2013, referring to the often unglamorous work handled by American football’s defense players […]

Microsoft insider Nadella to succeed Ballmer as CEO

Nadella takes over as CEO immediately (Photo: Microsoft)

Satya Nadella, executive vice president of Microsoft’s cloud and enterprise division, will succeed Steve Ballmer as CEO of the US-based software group effective immediately. ‚ÄúDuring this time of transformation, there is no better person to lead Microsoft than Satya Nadella,‚ÄĚ said Microsoft founder ¬†Bill Gates. He said Nadella brings to the top job the kind […]

AT&T to provide 4G to Audi A3 in US

(Photo: Audi)

LAS VEGAS – AT&T, capitalizing on its large mobile network, will provide ¬†4G LTE connectivity to Audi’s new A3 in the US. The telecommunications group, which made the announcement at the CES consumer electronics show here, will make the ¬†fast connections available to Audi drivers through a Mobile Share data plan option.That will let existing […]