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..
Volkswagen CIO discusses progress in quantum computing and opportunities for real use cases in the auto industry
Former Opel CEO Karl-Thomas Neumann is joining the senior management team of electric-vehicle startup Evelozcity. Neumann will be in charge of mobility and will develop the company’s connected car strategy, launch mobility concepts and oversee customer experience, branding and marketing. He will also be in charge of Evelozcity’s move into Europe and will be a big Read More..
Autonomous parking will be available in series-production vehicles as of 2020, the Volkswagen Group has announced, following trials now underway at Hamburg Airport. In this program, Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi vehicles are self-navigating to spaces in the airport’s multi-storey car park, using a digital map plus simple pictorial markers in the building to aid orientation. Read More..