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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.

  • VW amazon cloud
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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.

  • BMW model identification
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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.

  • Ford-last mile deliveries
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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.