Behind-the-headlines analysis of the key automotive IT and technology trends and developments

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Vehicle production: Stay connected, stay safe

2019-05-16T14:48:00+01:00By Nick Holt

Automotive production networks have become far more connected but also more exposed to problems with IT and OT network security and compatibility. Nick Boughton, digital lead at Boulting Technology, explains how manufacturers should be more aware and prepared


FCA partners with Harman, Google for connectivity

2019-05-02T12:22:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will use Harman and Google technology to offer owners of its cars an expanded range of connected services.

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Analysis: Tougher EU safety regulations will drive vehicle connectivity

2019-04-16T12:30:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

The European Parliament on Tuesday approved tougher safety regulations in a move that is likely to trigger increased demand for digital, connected in-car safety technologies.

Mercedes Truck Fleetboard Lens

Truck makers count on connected tech to improve productivity

2019-04-15T11:39:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

Truck makers are embracing connectivity, data and digital tools to improve logistics and fleet efficiency.

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.

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Report: Government support vital if UK is to lead connected vehicle development

2019-04-09T16:35:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

A report published by the SMMT and Frost & Sullivan says the UK is well positioned to lead the development of connected and autonomous vehicles – provided there is enough government support, and it avoids crashing out of the EU.

SMMT event panel

Analysis: Building trust key to using driver and vehicle data

2019-04-09T15:44:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

As vehicles and their users become more digitally connected, private data will increasingly be used to generate new revenue streams, improve safety and make urban traffic flow more smoothly. But experts at the SMMT Connected conference in London asked whether data protection efforts can keep pace with the rate of ...

Klint Walker, Homeland Security

Analysis: Plan for supply chain attacks

2019-04-05T14:04:00+01:00By Marcus Williams

The US Department for Homeland Security sees risks in the supply chain increasing, including for the aumotive industry


Analysis: Why VW chose Amazon for its industrial cloud

2019-04-02T09:50:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Volkswagen is partnering with Amazon Web Services for its manufacturing and supply chain cloud, after choosing Microsoft for mobility. Why does it need two clouds with different providers?


Nissan turns to tablets to increase sales in competitive digital market

2019-03-26T11:38:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Nissan has been introducing tablet technology to improve customer experience in its retail and aftermarket network.

Volkswagen CEO, Herbert Diess

VW calls for more decisive German government intervention to boost electric mobility

2019-03-19T11:42:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess is calling on the German government to act decisively to adopt an extensive package of measures that will make electric vehicles more popular.


German auto industry debates its electric future

2019-03-18T16:46:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard, Goetz Fuchslocher

Electrification, driverless-car technology, environmental strategies and new business models are among the top priorities of the German auto industry, but executives, in town for a two-day meeting last week, emphasized vastly different priorities.


Tesla to close showrooms and move sales online

2019-03-05T10:21:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Tesla is closing its showrooms globally and moving to an online sales model to reduce overheads across the business. The carmaker hopes this will deliver its Model 3 at a lower price of $35,000.

Ab Juli bei den Händlern: Verkaufsstart für neue C-Klasse Limousine und T-ModellAt dealers from July: Start of sales for new C-Class saloon and estate

Mercedes-Benz to boost visibility via blockchain

2019-02-26T10:14:00+00:00By Marcus Williams

Mercedes-Benz Cars has announced a partnership with contract management software provider Icertis to improve transparency in its supply chain and procurement via the use of blockchain technology.


Analysis: Data opportunities abound in complex new-mobility environment

2019-01-30T20:08:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

Participants at a conference about monetizing car data hosted here by the German business daily Handelsblatt said the world of 21st century personal mobility is characterized by growing complexity, new players, new business models and rapidly changing consumer requirements.


10 takeaways from this year’s Las Vegas tech show

2019-01-17T10:49:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

CES in Las Vegas has become the key annual gathering for the global tech industry. Here are the biggest trends evident for the automotive industry.


Mapping for Mercedes

2019-01-10T09:41:00+00:00By Lem Bingley

A tech start-up is helping Mercedes-Benz track cars at its Tuscaloosa plant, as well as assisting dealerships.


A look at BMW's electric future, its impact on supply chain and sustainability

2019-01-09T12:57:00+00:00By Paul Fisher

Stefan Juraschek, vice president development electric-powertrain, outlines the company’s strategy for EV and battery supply chain.


Digital twins play a role in all digitalization projects but data consolidation slows down implementation

2019-01-04T08:54:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard, Daniela Hoffmann

Digital twins are shaping up to be a key tool as automotive companies proceed with digitalization across the entire value chain. But it’s not easy to get a handle on these virtual representations.


In the battle for ERP supremacy, Oracle wants to benefit from SAP’s problems


German business software giant SAP and its US based competitor Oracle are locked in a fierce head-to-head competition. SAP has had the edge for a while. Now the pendulum could be swinging the other way. 

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