A massive change in the Volkswagen Group’s IT system landscape is looming. In an interview late last year, Group CIO Martin Hofmann talks about the burden of VW’s technological legacy, cultural change within the company and the opportunities afforded by new technologies. Mr. Hofmann, the Volkswagen Group has deliberately decided against establishing a board-level digitalization Read More..
Volkswagen Group has opened a new software development center in Lisbon, adding 300 IT specialists to similar facilities that already operate in Wolfsburg, Germany, and Berlin. The opening underlines the growing importance of software in the automotive industry. “Software development for new digital services is to become a core competence for Volkswagen,” Martin Hofmann, CIO Read More..
COPENHAGEN — Volkswagen brought its electric premium car-pooling van to the ITS World Congress here last month, providing a live example how the auto will help address growing urban traffic problems. Pollution, traffic congestion and growing urban transport inefficiency were key topics of discussion at the five-day ITS gathering, which was attended by government officials Read More..
COPENHAGEN – The ITS World Congress kicked off here Monday and Tuesday amid a general sense of optimism about the opportunities provided by new technologies to make public and private mobility smarter. At the same time, participants at the annual event focused on the barriers to implementation, setting the stage for five days of discussions Read More..
Volkswagen Group has acquired a minority stake in eastern German software startup FDTech, in a bid to strengthen its expertise in autonomous-driving technologies. FDTech, which was established in 2017, develops software for automated driving and for self-driving vehicles. The company employs about 30 software developers. Friedrich Eichler, head of chassis development at the VW brand, Read More..
Former Audi CIO Mattias Ulbrich will take charge of IT at Porsche September 1, sources say. Ulbrich, who relinquished his CIO position at Audi in February, will succeed Sven Lorenz, who is set to assume other responsibilities within the Volkswagen Group, parent company of both Porsche and Audi. Company insiders say Ulbrich, who was in Read More..
Audi CIO Frank Loydl has been on the job since February of this year. One of the first decisions he made was to launch an IT transformation project called NEXT:IT. It centers around a reorientation of the IT organization at Volkswagen Group’s premium brand. With a restart planned for January 1, the pace is high. Read More..
Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess is worried that the German auto industry will be overly dependent on Asian battery production once electric vehicle sales start growing. In an interview with the German business newspaper Handelsblatt, Diess projected an industry-wide battery sales volume of 50 to 60 billion euros a year once EV sales represent 10 Read More..
Ford Motor and Volkswagen Group are looking at ways to cooperate as both companies face a rapidly changing automotive business environment. The two carmakers said in a joint statement that they are exploring a strategic alliance that could involve joint projects, including, in particular, the development of commercial vehicles. Cooperation agreements between car companies aren’t Read More..
Audi appointed Abraham Schott interim CEO following the arrest of Rupert Stadler earlier in the week. The German premium car maker said Schot, who has headed sales and marketing at Audi since 2017, is taking over immediately. Audi said Stadler had requested to be relieved of his duties, both as head of Audi and as Read More..