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IT and software keep Daimler ahead in China

2019-05-18T13:20:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

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 acquires majority in software company Cetitec

2019-05-09T12:45:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

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 partners in pact with Plug and Play China

2019-05-09T10:49:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Renault and its alliance partners Nissan and Mitsubishi are strengthening their commitment to invest in innovative companies in China.


Borgwarner forms battery JV with Romeo Power

2019-05-08T08:56:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Borgwarner plans to enter into a joint venture with Romeo Power Technology to manufacture battery packs for electric vehicles.


VW plans supply chain project using blockchain technology

2019-04-29T09:29:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Volkswagen plans a pilot project that will use blockchain technology to gain greater transparency in its global supply chain.

Stefan Zerweck, Mattias Ulbrich, Porsche

Analysis: Dual role for Porsche CIO Ulbrich combines IT operations and digital strategy

2019-04-12T12:01:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

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 CIO: "Data analysis and data management must be a core competency"

2019-04-11T14:24:00+01:00By Hilmar Dunker, Ralf Bretting

Daimler’s global chief information officer, Jan Brecht, spoke to automotiveIT about speed, data, open-source software and other corporate IT priorities.

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Analysis: Covestro sees new automotive opportunities as cars evolve

2019-04-09T17:37:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

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.


AGCO harvests more value from IT

2019-04-05T16:02:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

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.

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Byton completes cold-weather tests of M-Byte prototype

2019-04-03T11:42:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Electric-vehicle startup Byton said it has completed cold-weather testing of its M-Byte prototype.

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AWS looks to fast movers in the auto industry

2019-04-02T16:43:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

AWS vice president Dirk Didascalou talks about could opportunities across the automotive supply chain.

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Faurecia, Michelin join forces in fuel cell technology

2019-03-20T07:45:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

Tire maker Michelin and interiors specialist Faurecia plan a joint venture to combine their fuel-cell related activities.


Hyundai, Kia to invest $300 million in Indian mobility service provider

2019-03-19T08:00:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

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.


From Fujitsu, a "quantum inspired" architecture for faster computing

2019-03-17T16:20:00+00:00By Werner Beutnagel

Fujitsu CTO for EMEA, Joseph Reger, thinks digital annealing will help companies imitate quantum computing speed across operations

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Daimler joins VW in making Berlin its digital home

2019-02-22T11:21:00+00:00By Paul Fisher

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


At Porsche, autonomous driving enters the workshop

2019-02-21T12:43:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

Porsche is working a Berlin startup to test virtually how its cars can drive themselves to lifting platforms in the workshop.


BMW to open tech scouting office in Tel Aviv

2019-02-20T12:22:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

BMW plans to open a technology scouting office in Tel Aviv, focusing on new technologies and cooperation with regional startup companies.


Robotics company Nuro raises close to $1 billion

2019-02-14T16:22:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

Nuro, a California-based self-driving vehicle startup, said it has raised $940 million in financing from the Softbank Vision Fund.

Christian Senger, board member software, Volkswagen

VW's Senger to become board member for software

2019-02-14T14:48:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

Christian Senger is set to take charge of all software-related matters at Volkswagen Group.

Larry Dominique, chief executive, PSA North America

PSA: "On the mobility side, North America is still the Wild West"

2019-02-14T08:23:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

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.

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