Analysis and Opinion – Page 6

  • aftermarket.automotiveIT
    Article

    Automakers should hurry with connected-car aftermarket plans - study

    2012-09-13T11:24:06Z

    Car connectivity can help automakers retain aftermarket and service revenues Automakers should move quickly to benefit from the sales and service opportunities provided by connected cars. That is the main conclusion of an analysis by consultants Oliver Wyman. The study notes that by 2016, there will likely be about 216 ...

  • nevada.google.automotiveIT
    Article

    Autonomous driving "sooner than you think" - study

    2012-08-07T16:20:01Z

    Nevada is the first US state to approve public-road testing of Google’s driverless car (Photo: DMV Nevada) Self-driving cars may be a feature on the world's roads "sooner than you think," according to a report prepared by consultants KPMG in cooperation with CAR, the Center for Automotive Research. "The pace ...

  • vw microsleep
    Article

    HMI solutions to grow strongly in cars, Frost & Sullivan says

    2012-01-25T14:47:11Z

    In 2007 already, VW developed a prototype system to combat driver’s "microsleep" (Photo: VW) Further improvements are needed in the way drivers control the growing array of infotainment and safety features in the car, Frost & Sullivan said in a recent analysis. The researchers said cars' so-called human machine interface ...

  • zf openmatics.automotiveIT
    Article

    ZF has 1st customer for Openmatics

    2011-11-02T10:53:55Z

    Openmatics-equipped Pullman buses in Milan will have two apps (Photo: ZF) ZF's Openmatics system will be installed on 35 Air Pullman shuttlebuses that transport people between Milan's Malpensa airport and the city center. Air Pullman is deploying the ZF telematics platform with two apps, the "All vehicles overview," which shows ...

  • nissan mind-reading.automotiveIT
    Article

    At Nissan, researchers hope to develop a mind-reading car

    2011-09-29T15:42:41Z

    Nissan and the EPFL university are testing mind-reading systems with a wheelchair (Photo: EPFL) It's the thought that counts in a new Nissan Europe research project. The Japanese carmaker, together with the Lausanne Technical University (EPFL) is studying whether brain waves can actually direct a vehicle. "After scanning the thought ...

  • neelie kroes.automotiveIT
    Article

    Kroes to industry, member states: eCall is coming, so get to work!

    2011-09-11T17:44:19Z

    EU Commissioner Kroes says eCall is a high priority (Photo: EU Commission) The European Commission is stepping up the pressure on member countries to introduce eCall, an in-car emergency calling system that it wants to make mandatory by 2015. Neelie Kroes, EU Commissioner in charge of the 27-nation bloc's digital ...

  • delphi connectivity platform.automotiveIT
    Article

    IAA 2011: Delphi showcases integrated radar-camera unit

    2011-08-27T10:51:18Z

    Delphi builds many of the key components that go into the IT systems of today’s vehicles (Photo: Delphi) Delphi will give a preview at the Frankfurt auto show (IAA) of an integrated radar and camera system designed to boost active safety in cars. The US-based automotive supplier said its RacAM ...

  • IAA_2011.automotiveIT
    Article

    IAA 2011: IBM to showcase automotive solutions in Frankfurt

    2011-08-22T15:14:55Z

    IBM will be present at the Frankfurt auto show next month as it tries to grow its automotive business worldwide. The US IT giant will showcase products across a broad spectrum of automotive sectors, including connectivity, electric vehicles and intelligent traffic management. Within these areas, IBM is conducting research into ...

  • north sea.automotiveIT
    Article

    Hamburg university coordinates regional EV infrastructure

    2011-07-11T17:59:32Z

    Countries bordering the North Sea are looking to coordinate electric-vehicle infrastructure plans Hamburg's University of Applied Sciences (HAW) is coordinating a European Union project aimed at developing an electric-vehicle infrastructure that extends beyond major metropolitan areas. The project, called the North Sea Region Electric Mobility Network, will look at climate ...

  • kuli.automotiveIT
    Article

    Tesis, Magna promise better thermal management simulation

    2011-07-03T12:36:11Z

    Thermal simulations are crucial in the development of EVs (Photo: Kuli) Automotive supplier Magna and simulation specialist Tesis Dynaware are combining their simulation products to provide a complete analysis of a car's energy and thermal management. The two companies are coupling Tesis Dynaware's DYNA4 full vehicle simulation with Magna's KULI ...

  • forcam manufacturing.automotiveIT
    Article

    Factory 2.0 challenges Toyota manufacturing concepts

    2011-06-27T11:52:14Z

    Software can generate manufacturing productivity improvements (Photo: Forcam) New IT systems are beginning to compete with the Toyota manufacturing system, which has been a template for efficient production in the auto industry for many years. Sophisticated production software, which analyzes a plant's production data on a continuous basis, can sharply ...

  • VW TAP.automotiveIT
    Article

    VW shows how to drive 130 km/h with no hands on the wheel

    2011-06-23T12:23:52Z

    VW’s automatic pilot can perform all functions, but a human driver can take over any time (Photo: VW) Volkswagen has developed technology that allows hands-free driving at speeds of 130 kilometers/hour. The German carmaker, which showed the technology in final presentations for a European research project, said it represents a ...

  • better place denmark.automotiveIT
    Article

    Brussels endorses Better Place-led transport project

    2011-06-18T10:49:49Z

    Better Place already operates several battery recharging points in Denmark (Photo: Better Place) The European Commission has endorsed an E-mobility project that aims to establish a Europe-wide infrastructure for electric vehicles. The project, called "Greening European Transportation Infrastructure for Electric Vehicles" is led by EV infrastructure specialist Better Place. A ...

  • electr veh bosch charg
    Article

    New European research project aims at boosting EV efficiency

    2011-06-06T12:41:03Z

    Bosch says worries over driving range are a big concern for electric vehicle buyers (Photo: Bosch) A group of automotive companies including Robert Bosch and PSA/Peugeot-Citroen hopes to find ways to expand the driving range of electric vehicles without increasing battery size. The European Union sponsored "OpEneR" project, which stands ...

  • vw road junction.automotiveIT
    Article

    BMW, VW show how to avoid accidents at intersections

    2011-05-19T09:30:18Z

    BMW’s left-turn assistant warns a driver of danger when making a turn A group of 11carmakers, suppliers and research institutes has been working on new technologies that improve safety at intersections. One project effectively lets a driver look around the corner. Another prevents accidents from occurring when a car turns ...

  • Neelie Kroes.automotiveIT
    Article

    EU's Kroes: "Let's aim high" with European cloud strategy

    2011-03-27T20:42:58Z

    EU Commissioner Kroes hopes EU strategies will help define global standards in cloud computing Neelie Kroes urged Europe's IT industry last week to "aim high" and help Brussels forge a truly European Cloud computing strategy. The European commissioner in charge of Europe's digital agenda said data protection, interoperability and standardization ...

  • Hilmar Dunker.automotiveIT
    Article

    Opinion: IT’s role grows in defining car brands

    2011-03-08T07:47:55Z

    By Hilmar Dunker The core competence of carmakers used to lie in the field of powertrain and chassis. Car companies took pride in building their own engines. BMW wouldn’t dream of putting an engine built by another brand into its 3, 5 or 7 Series models. Volkswagen develops its own ...

  • daimler vito e-cell.automotiveIT
    Article

    Europarliament approves CO2 limits for vans

    2011-02-16T11:23:25Z

    With battery-powered vans such as this Mercedes Vito E-Cell, automakers will try to lower average fleet CO2 emissions The European Parliament has approved stricter CO2 limits for vans and other light commercial vehicles, in a move aimed at bringing the sector in line with Europe-wide legislation covering the passenger-car industry ...

  • logistics blg cold storage.automotiveIT
    Article

    Logistics companies have trouble with new European import law

    2011-02-16T08:07:07Z

    A BLG, Germany, storage facility (Photo: Tag der Logistik 2010) Logistics companies are slow in implementing systems to comply with Europe’s new Import Control System (ICS), according to a consultants ”˜study. Market analysis conducted by German consultants Nielsen+Partner showed that many transportation companies have not adapted their logistics processes to ...

  • volvo sartre
    Article

    1st combined test of vehicle “platooning” successful

    2011-01-18T15:23:47Z

    Development teams have carried out the first combined test of “vehicle platooning,” a European-Union sponsored program aimed at changing the way cars and trucks use Europe’s roads. The test was carried out on the Volvo proving ground near Gothenburg, Sweden, as part of the SARTRE project. "This is a major ...