Digital Leader Interviews

  • daimler.automotiveIT
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    "There is no added value in gesturing with your fingers”

    2017-03-10T11:46:07Z

    Massing: “With artificial intelligence, we will soon be in a position to significantly reduce the stress level behind the wheel.” (Photo: Claus Dick) Digitization is changing vehicles’ interiors along with their other aspects. Georges Massing, director, user interaction at Mercedes-Benz, spoke with automotiveIT about the effects of the trend, ...

  • GM.automotiveIT
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    "My role is to protect the vehicle ecosystem"

    2017-02-02T18:43:00Z

    Jeff Massimilla was named chief product cybersecurity officer of General Motors (GM) in 2014. His appointment, one of the first of its kind in the global auto industry, underscored the crucial importance of cyber safety for the coming generations of fully connected cars. Massimilla spoke to automotiveIT at the Detroit ...

  • nextlap.automotiveIT
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    "IoT is coming to car manufacturing with big steps"

    2017-01-21T13:37:52Z

    Andre Ziemke: "The potential of digitization in manufacturing is gigantic" (Photo: Claus Dick) Andre Ziemke is one of the co-founders of nextLAP, which has built a software platform designed to boost efficiency in car manufacturing. Ziemke spoke by phone recently to automotiveIT. Why did you start nextLAP? nextLAP co-founder ...

  • skoda.automotiveIT
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    "The issue won't be 'either-or' in digitization"

    2017-01-18T12:59:55Z

    Wehner: The main issue in digitization is speed (Photo: Claus Dick) More automakers are creating the position of chief digital officer as a central point of contact for digitization issues. Someone who is sure to understand how the role is different from that of the CIO is Skoda CDO ...

  • continental.automotiveIT
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    "We will need more IT professionals in the future"

    2017-01-16T17:09:47Z

    Continental's Eigler: "Our expertise is in demand." (Photo: Claus Dick) Christian Eigler is a realist. In his view, it won't be trendy roadmaps that lay the basis for successful digitization, but standardization and harmonization. In an interview with automotiveIT, the CIO of automotive supplier Continental talks about the trend ...

  • porsche.automotiveIT
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    “There is a renaissance of the automobile underway”

    2016-11-25T15:20:33Z

    Thilo Koslowski (Photo: Porsche) Thilo Koslowski, the CEO of the newly formed Porsche Digital GmbH, recently talked to automotiveIT about Silicon Valley, Germany's digital infrastructure and Porsche's new digital technologies. Â _Mr. Koslowski, specific assets have shaped Porsche's DNA for a long time: air cooling, rear-wheel drive and the ...

  • dudenhoeffer.automotiveIT
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    "Automakers have to make adjustments or they will fail"

    2016-11-08T16:02:02Z

    The German auto industry is at a crossroads, Ferdinand Dudenhoeffer says. In an interview, the German automotive expert warns that industry and the political world have to get future issues such as electric mobility, autonomous vehicles and digital sales channels on track ”“ or Germany’s importance as an automotive nation ...

  • peugeot.automotiveIT
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    "We need to talk differently to the connected consumer"

    2016-10-25T16:00:19Z

    Brigitte Cantaloube joined PSA from Yahoo in early 2016 (Photo: PSA/Peugeot-Citroen) Brigitte Cantaloube became chief digital officer of PSA/Peugeot-Citroen on February 1. At the Paris auto show, the former Yahoo executive spoke to automotiveIT about the digital transformation of France’s biggest car group You’ve been on the job for ...

  • Renault-Nissan.automotiveIT
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    “Over-the air updates will be a big enabler”

    2016-10-25T15:21:48Z

    Redzic is bringing on board more software developers (Photo: Renault-Nissan) In January of this year, Ogi Redzic joined the Renault-Nissan alliance as senior vice president, connected vehicles and mobility services. The former Nokia executive was tasked with speeding up the development of connected services, building a team of software ...

  • daimler.automotiveIT
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    “My aspiration is to actively help shape new business models”

    2016-09-14T16:34:30Z

    Brecht wants IT to play a big role in Daimler's digital transformation (Photo: Claus Dick) Jan Brecht wants to move away from managing and administration to a focus on software and system architectures. The new Daimler CIO, who joined the premium car group from sporting-goods maker Adidas in November ...