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  • VW IT labs
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    A program of change for Volkswagen Group IT

    2019-09-16T06:30:00Z

    Over the past two years, Volkswagen’s central Group IT division, led by CIO Martin Hofmann, has been expanding staff numbers, investment and digital projects across the group’s business processes, and working more closely with brands like Audi, Porsche and Skoda. In the first of a multi-part article special on Group IT, automotiveIT International explains the evolving shape of the organization.

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    At the center of change for Volkswagen Group

    2019-09-16T06:30:00Z

    Martin Hofmann, chief information office of the Volkswagen Group (pictured, right), explains to automotiveIT International how the carmaker is transforming its IT system backbone and legacy infrastructure across purchasing, production, supply chain and engineering – and how Volkswagen is now able to attract top software talent.

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    Building Volkswagen’s Industrial Cloud

    2019-09-16T06:30:00Z

    Volkswagen Group’s landmark project with Amazon Web Services will help to connect all its global factories, and eventually the supply chain as well. At the core of the project is a drive to establish a standard software stack that will transform the way production IT is developed and implemented across Volkswagen locations.

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    Augmenting intelligence: How BMW’s US IT center is putting AI into the hands of workers

    2019-09-15T04:00:00Z

    The BMW IT Technology Innovation and Research Center in the US is both a research lab and closely aligned to the carmaker’s production in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Bennie Vorster, who leads special projects there, talks to automotiveIT International about industrializing new tech, and making sure AI assists workers. 

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    At ZF, a broad focus on a wide range of automotive technologies

    2019-07-19T13:45:00Z

    ZF Friedrichshafen’s new technologies are designed to support the further automation of the mobility experience on various fronts, but the large German automotive supplier doesn’t see full autonomous driving on public roads anytime soon. In the meantime, it works to improve conventional vehicles, while at the same time developing tomorrow’s mobility.

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    Electrification to trigger massive changes in automotive supply chains

    2019-06-27T16:02:00Z

    The advent of large-scale electric vehicle production could lead to a seismic shift in the way automotive supply chains operate. Relationships will change, new players will emerge and the auto industry’s procurement focus is likely to be radically altered.

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    Ford tackles last-mile delivery challenge with pedestrian couriers, algorithms

    2019-06-19T13:29:00Z

    Ford’s European smart mobility boss, Sarah-Jayne Williams, explains how a last-mile delivery pilot project yielded several positive insights

  • Ask Mercedes AR
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    Mercedes-Benz wants to become your digital one and only

    2019-06-04T14:52:00Z

    Sabine Scheunert and her digitalONE team for sales and marketing IT are expanding customer touchpoints through apps and digital features, including vehicle-connected services through Mercedes me and new mobility services – all of it supported by an open architecture, artificial intelligence and cloud capabilities. 

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    Why all eyes are on Israel for AI

    2019-05-29T10:43:00Z

    In the race to perfect autonomous driving, Israel has proven to be a hotspot of innovation in areas like machine learning and cyber security – driven, in part, by its military expertise and surveillance tools.

  • Stefan Eberhardt, CIO, Daimler China
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    IT and software keep Daimler ahead in China

    2019-05-18T13:20:00Z

    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.

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    Daimler in focus: Development speed, open architecture and connecting with customers

    2019-04-11T14:24:00Z

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

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    AGCO harvests more value from IT

    2019-04-05T16:02:00Z

    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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    AWS looks to fast movers in the auto industry

    2019-04-02T16:43:00Z

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

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    Faurecia looks to digital services, underpinned by IT and data

    2019-03-25T23:44:00Z

    Dr. René Deist is leading a transformation of Faurecia’s global IT systems and processes to digitalize the supply chain and develop products faster – as well as to support new business models.

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    IT takes a front seat for innovation at Visteon

    2019-03-19T22:09:00Z

    CIO Raman Mehta is leading a dramatic modernization of Visteon’s IT and IS architecture and enterprise systems, helping the cockpit electronics supplier to further digitalize its engineering, production and supply chain.

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    The wind of change blowing through car retail

    2019-03-04T12:20:00Z

    In recent years, a number of shifts in the industry have begun to affect traditional dealership models, changing the types of relationships that exist between dealers, OEMs and customers.

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    OEMs face technology investment challenges for a changing supply chain landscape

    2019-02-20T10:53:00Z

    Around the world, technology decision-makers at automotive OEMs and their suppliers are wrestling with some difficult decisions. How can they digitalise their supply chains in order to compete more effectively in the industry today, while at the same time preparing those supply chains for major disruption down the road?

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    Continental: “The world is changing the car”

    2019-01-25T09:51:00Z

    As head of future solutions at the core Interior Division of Continental, Ralf Lenninger looks at the big trends that are not only reshaping the car business but also are redefining the roles that traditional automotive supplier groups such as Continental need to play.

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    Subscription services are slow to take off in US market, but players say growth will come

    2019-01-24T15:59:00Z

    By some accounts, subscription is on the verge of doing for the whole economy what Netflix and Spotify have done to DVDs and CDs — supplant ownership with access to an ever-refreshing supply for a fee. The auto industry is not immune to the trend, but so far the traditional ...

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    VW Group CIO Martin Hofmann: “There is a will to change”

    2019-01-20T14:15:00Z

    A massive change in the Volkswagen Group’s IT system landscape is looming. In an interview late last year, Group CIO Martin Hofmann talks about the burden of VW’s technological legacy, cultural change within the company and the opportunities afforded by new technologies.