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Emissions regulations pose existential risk for OEMs

2019-09-17T08:00:00+01:00By Automotive from Ultima Media

Escalating fines over CO2 and fuel standards, especially in Europe and China, are set to have significant impacts across OEM profits and investment plans, according to a new report by Automotive from Ultima Media.

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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?

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How to better manage relationships in the increasingly complex automotive supply chain

2019-01-07T13:02:00+00:00By

The on-demand economy is having a huge impact on the automotive sector, creating new challenges for manufacturers and automotive businesses looking to get a handle on their growing global supply chain.

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Porsche dials up the digital tech in all-new 911, adds new range of apps and services to what may be last ICE version

2018-11-28T16:56:00+00:00By Paul Fisher

The eighth-generation Porsche 911, unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show, is more powerful and performance-oriented than ever – and its onboard technology has also been boosted. 

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Ghosn scandal and General Motors closures should be viewed in context as world car production trends suggest future not so different from the past

2018-11-27T11:39:00+00:00By Paul Fisher

The auto industry has seemingly suffered two major body blows in the last 10 days. The shock arrest of Carlos Ghosn in Japan and GM’s announcement of plant closures in North America give succour to those who believe we are witnessing the beginning of the end of the car industry.

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How to create value from in-car data

2018-11-21T17:36:00+00:00By

Mobility offers huge opportunities for automakers, but only if they can capture and sell in-car user data.

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Electric vehicles won't reach critical mass until charging infrastructure meets consumer expectations, says head of EV mobility division at Germany's Schaeffler

2018-11-20T18:06:47+00:00By Arjen Bongard

Jochen Schroeder, heads up the new electric mobility division at German supplier group, Schaeffler. He talked to Laurin Paschek about the slow acceptance of EVs, the range of components his company offers, and the infrastructure challenges still faced by the EV industry.

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Transforming the supply chain for the digital age

2018-10-30T13:48:00+00:00By

The car industry is being shaken up by data and digital processes, but those in the supply chain can gain a competitive edge by getting to grips with the possibilities presented by AI and better data governance. 

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J.D. Power and Reputation.com create alliance aimed at OEMs and dealers to track consumer opinion and car buying sentiment

2018-10-24T15:32:09+01:00By Paul Fisher

Alliance combines J.D. Power’s consumer research, data analytics and advisory capabilities with Reputation.com’s technology for capturing customer insights from social media and review sites.

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Retail trends could leave dealers squeezed between the demands of data rich car buyers and OEMs rapidly shifting business models

2018-10-24T11:23:26+01:00By Paul Fisher

I want this one, but in pink. Dealers are going to have to work harder to give consumers what they desire in future, and work closely with OEMs to deliver an ongoing and adaptive automotive brand relationship. (Daimler AG)

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Audi gets into bed with Amazon and the consequences could be unpredictable, data from Alexa could assist retailer into auto market

2018-10-17T12:44:45+01:00By Paul Fisher

When Audi officially launched its e-tron electric SUV in the United States last month, Audi of America President Scott Keogh told journalists that he wanted Audi to be "the number-one electric vehicle seller in America over the long term.”

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Blockchain is about more than Bitcoin, it could revolutionise the automotive supply chain and reduce the impact of product recalls

2018-10-05T17:04:00+01:00By

Blockchain has built its reputation as a distributed ledger platform, which provides a framework for securely using and trading cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin. However, its potential extends far beyond financial services.

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Why Volkswagen’s cloud deal with Microsoft is good for both partners

2018-10-02T11:26:00+01:00By Paul Fisher

In the IT world the battle for the cloud will decide who rules enterprise computing for the foreseeable future. It’s a battle that has already been disrupted by the entry of Amazon, a company that was never analysed or structured as a traditional IT player.

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Remember Nokia!

2018-09-04T13:21:00+01:00By

To build mobility of the future, manufacturers will have to create the right data, IT infrastructure and security preconditions.

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Without data, there is no AI in the auto industry

2018-08-27T11:27:00+01:00By

The auto industry is currently undergoing a massive technology upheaval. Artificial intelligence (AI) provides an opportunity for automotive players to rethink everything. Some believe that AI is the key differentiator in the auto industry. But this is inaccurate. It’s not the AI, it’s the data that is the source of ...

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Legacy systems, a Herculean task for automotive CIOs

2018-07-11T09:40:00+01:00By Ralf Bretting

Digital transformation is supposed to ensure the survival of companies in the auto industry. But the growing complexity of IT systems is proving to be an obstacle. Some companies are taking the right steps but dealing with legacy systems is a tough challenge for CIOs.

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Apps in manufacturing on the rise

2017-12-18T12:51:00+00:00By Ralf Bretting

Apps and micro-services have considerable potential for automotive manufacturing, but are not always the first area of interest for software developers.

toyota.automotiveIT

Will fuel cells replace batteries in tomorrow's EVs?

2017-05-25T14:29:02+01:00By Arjen Bongard

The problem with electric vehicles is well-known: They cost too much, don’t have enough range and are impractical because of a dearth of charging stations. Automakers, together with other new-mobility stakeholders, are working on this. But so far, EV sales growth has been slow and the long awaited sales breakthrough ...

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Cyber security is money well spent

2017-05-16T13:49:42+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Cyber security costs money but it's worth it. That's the lesson learned from last week's massive ransomware attack, which caused major problems for authorities, hospitals. companies and private citizens across the globe.

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Volvo Cars: Traffic data should be shared

2017-04-03T13:33:35+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Governments and carmakers should share traffic data to improve global traffic safety, Volvo Cars CEO Hakan Samuelsson said Monday.

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