The vehicle manufacturer has a dedicated IT organisation in Greater China, led by Stefan Eberhardt, which is focusing on front-end development, improving digital customer experiences and benefiting from the country’s huge tech and startup scene – all of it strategic to Daimler and Mercedes-Benz growth in the world’s largest market.
Porsche is acquiring a majority stake in German software company Cetitec. The sports car maker said the move acknowledges the growing importance and complexity of software and electronics in vehicles.
Renault and its alliance partners Nissan and Mitsubishi are strengthening their commitment to invest in innovative companies in China.
Borgwarner plans to enter into a joint venture with Romeo Power Technology to manufacture battery packs for electric vehicles.
Volkswagen plans a pilot project that will use blockchain technology to gain greater transparency in its global supply chain.
Mattias Ulbrich’s dual role, and the departure of previous CDO and head of Porsche Digital, Thilo Koslowski, suggests that digital transformation at many OEMs might be most effective by those with hands-on IT roles.
Daimler’s global chief information officer, Jan Brecht, spoke to automotiveIT about speed, data, open-source software and other corporate IT priorities.
With the car undergoing some of the biggest changes in its 130-year history, companies such as materials maker Covestro hope to capitalize on the fresh opportunities emerging in the automotive supply chain.
Like automotive firms, agricultural equipment maker AGCO is planting the seeds of transformation, implementing a common global IT infrastructure, more digital manufacturing processes and an agile approach to IT service and development.
Electric-vehicle startup Byton said it has completed cold-weather testing of its M-Byte prototype.
AWS vice president Dirk Didascalou talks about could opportunities across the automotive supply chain.
Tire maker Michelin and interiors specialist Faurecia plan a joint venture to combine their fuel-cell related activities.
Hyundai Motor Group will invest $300 million in Indian ride-hailing platform Ola, using the country’s fast-growing market as a springboard for global new-mobility intiatives.
Fujitsu CTO for EMEA, Joseph Reger, thinks digital annealing will help companies imitate quantum computing speed across operations
Daimler has opened a Berlin office for its MBition digital subsidiary, making it the latest carmaker to make the German capital a digital innovation center
Porsche is working a Berlin startup to test virtually how its cars can drive themselves to lifting platforms in the workshop.
BMW plans to open a technology scouting office in Tel Aviv, focusing on new technologies and cooperation with regional startup companies.
Nuro, a California-based self-driving vehicle startup, said it has raised $940 million in financing from the Softbank Vision Fund.
Christian Senger is set to take charge of all software-related matters at Volkswagen Group.
PSA’s head of North America, Larry Dominique, talks to automotiveIT International about why it is first returning to the US as a mobility provider and tech company.