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

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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 […]

Detroit auto show

The Acura NSX was one of the new models unveiled at the 2013 Detroit show (Photo: NAIAS)

The 2014 Detroit auto show – officially titled the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) – will take place this January against a backdrop of strong US sales and higher sales and earnings at American carmakers. The show will start with two press days – January 13 and 14 – and runs through January 26. […]

LA Auto Show with Connected Car Expo – Los Angeles

The LA Auto Show covers 760,000 square feet (Photo: LA Auto Show)

The Los Angeles auto show, which will start Nov. 20 with two press days, will feature a connected car exhibition and conference. The annual show is open for regular visitors Nov. 22 through December 1. The Connected Car Expo, which will run November 19, 20 and 21, will consist of a one-day conference and a […]

Sirius acquires Agero’s connected-car business

Sirius XM has more than 25 million subscribers (Photo: Sirius XM)

Sirius XM Radio is buying the connected vehicle services business of Agero as it strives to broaden its footprint beyond its core radio offering. Sirius is paying 530 million dlrs in cash for the Agero operations. The US-based satellite radio company said the acquisition of the telematics specialist will increase the automotive customer base for […]

US auto club: Hands-free still distracts drivers

Sensors attached to testers' heads measured brain activity in the AAA study (Photo: AAA)

New research shows that hands-free technologies do little to keep drivers’ attention focused on the act of driving. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a non-profit organization, said “dangerous mental distractions” result from drivers’ hands-free operation of infotainment functions. “As mental workload and distractions increase, reaction time slows, brain function is compromised, drivers scan the […]

VW supports more IT research at Stanford University

VW does research on projects such as the "mobility companion" at its California research lab (Photo: VW)

The Volkswagen Group is making an additional 1.7 million dlrs available to Stanford University to explore new areas of automotive innovation. The grant marks a continuation of the cooperation between the German carmaker and the California-based university. VW said new research will begin at Stanford in the areas of virtual intelligence, new materials, data security […]

Ford expands US electric-vehicle dealer network

Ford recently launched the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid (Photo: Ford)

Citing strong demand, Ford is expanding the number of dealerships that can sell its electric vehicles in the US market. The carmaker said that more than 900 US dealers will soon be certified to sell EVs, up from 200 in November, 2012. The move reflects increased demand for Ford’s electrified models. The company continues to […]

VW inaugurates solar park in Chattanooga

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Volkswagen has inaugurated its largest solar park worldwide at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The German carmaker said the solar park has a peak output of 9.5 megawatts and will generate power to build the US version of the VW Passat. Frank Fischer, CEO of Volkswagen Chattanooga, said the solar facility is part of the […]