Around the world, technology decision-makers at automotive OEMs and their suppliers are wrestling with some difficult decisions. How can they digitalise their supply chains in order to compete more effectively in the industry today, while at the same time preparing those supply chains for major disruption down the road? By Jessica Twentyman It’s a challenge Read More..
Volkswagen’s first mass-market electric vehicle is set to launch later in 2019. In addition to the new car’s electric credentials, the company has focused production for the new VW ID. series on avoiding and reducing CO2 emissions. The battery cells will be produced in Europe, and the energy will come from green power sources. Meanwhile, the ID Read More..
Purchasing departments need to be re-oriented and open to digital tools. Otherwise, the competitiveness of automakers and their supplier partners will be at risk. Never before have purchasing agents in automotive companies been under the kind of pressure that they are today. Their daily activities show the strains of the stringent regulatory requirements and new customer Read More..
Volkswagen has added a 3D printing center to its Toolmaking unit in Wolfsburg, to make complex vehicle components both for prototyping and then series production. It features new-generation HP-supplied printers with a fast, flexible binder jetting process; this supplements the selective laser melting (SLM) process used earlier, and is said to make metallic 3D printing Read More..
Volkswagen has announced that it will release what it says will be its final diesel and petrol platforms in 2026, paving the way for an all-EV future, according to Bloomberg. The announcement came at an industry conference held near the company’s global headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany. “Our colleagues are working on the last platform Read More..
The Volkswagen Group has acquired 49pc of the shares in Diconium, a German digital specialist. Diconium is to become a technology partner to develop new digital business models and services offered via the Microsoft-enabled Volkswagen Automotive Cloud, building on the Volkswagen We ecosystem. Based in Stuttgart, with around 800 employees in Germany, Portugal, the USA Read More..
Volkswagen Group is to establish a self-driving Mobility as a Service (MaaS) venture in Israel with partners Mobileye and Champion Motors. It will provide a fleet of electric vehicles for the New Mobility in Israel operation; Mobileye will provide its Level 4 AV hardware, map data, safety software and driving policy technology; and Champion Motors Read More..
Volkswagen has outlined its plan to restructure and digitalize its sales model. From spring 2020, it intends to expand its online business, including direct online sales, and to target customers via some different sales locations. Underpinning this will be a system of unique Volkswagen customer IDs, enabling more precise targeting of products and services to Read More..
Ford, Honda and Volkswagen have demonstrated or announced vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2X) trials this week. These are all intended to explore technologies to ease traffic congestion, smooth out traffic flow and increase safety and efficiency; and while they currently involve alerts (and later, interventions) to human drivers, in the longer-term the technologies will be applicable Read More..
Volkswagen is trialling virtual test-drive simulations with a view to shortening development and validation times for driver assistance systems. These are to ‘teach’ the cars, potentially cutting the costs of physical testing as well as accelerating the learning speed of the systems themselves, since the simulations can run continuously. Fewer test rigs and less hardware Read More..