Schaeffler has opened an office in Silicon Valley, hoping to foster tighter relationships with the regional high-tech industry as the auto industry changes. The large German automotive supplier said the San Jose office will work with start-ups and other technology partners to improve existing products and define and develop new tools and methods. Philip George, Read More..
Ford Motor has built a development platform aimed at guiding along the use of drones in a variety of settings. The carmaker said the customizable lets it test how drones and vehicles could work together. “Our customers are beginning to think about drones as tools to help get their jobs done, the same way they Read More..
Cox Automotive has launched a new connected retail platform that offers a set of online tools to improve the car buying process. The US car retailer said the platform, which is called Accelerate, will make car buying faster, easier and more enjoyable. It will also save consumers time at the dealership, Cox said. Accelerate is Read More..
The 2018 Camry will be the first Toyota vehicle to have the Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) platform underpinning its next-generation infotainment system. AGL, an open source project hosted by the Linux Foundation, is developing a common platform for car infotainment systems and enhanced connectivity that functions as an industry standard. â€œThe flexibility of the AGL Read More..
Renault plans to acquire a French R&D division from Intel, giving the French carmaker deeper expertise in key digital technologies. The R&D unit specializes in embedded software, which is important for the development of connected and autonomous cars. Renault said the acquisition, set to be finalized this year, will bring more than 400 software experts Read More..
Ford Motor announced Monday that its CEO, Mark Fields, is being replaced, following a sharp decline in the carmaker’s share price over the past two years. Fields, who took the helm at Ford in January 2014, will be succeeded by Jim Hackett, the former Steelcase CEO who currently is in charge of Ford’s smart mobility Read More..
A US survey found that a majority of people remains hesitant to buy an electric car, despite the auto industry’s commitment to building a growing range of electric vehicles in coming years. The poll, conducted by the web site Driving-Tests.org, asked 10s of thousands of visitors to its site whether they would consider buying an Read More..
Delphi is taking minority interests in two Israeli companies, as it moves to strengthen its connected-car related products and services. The US-based automotive supplier said it had signed a commercial partnership agreement with otonomo,Â a specialist in monetizing automotive data by way of a digital marketplace. The tie-upÂ will broaden the range of systems and services DelphiÂ can Read More..
General Motors will invest 14 million dlrs and add more than 1,100 jobs to beef up its self-driving technology research in California. The Detroit-based automaker said the investment will go to the Cruise Automation startup it acquired in 2016. “Expanding our team at Cruise Automation and linking them with our global engineering talent is another 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..