ZF Friedrichshafen, IBM and UBS are teaming up to build a blockchain-based automotive transaction platform.
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.
Volkswagen Group IT has opened or expanded global IT and software centers, with growing significance across the company’s IT research and operations. Check out a map of their key locations and functions.
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.
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.
Ford Motor is selling Canvas as the carmaker reassesses the business case for vehicle subscription services.
Brecht and Brecht: Daimler’s CIO and the chairman of the group’s works council discuss digitalization
For the first time ever, Daimler CIO Jan Brecht and his namesake Michael Brecht, chairman of the company’s general works council and deputy supervisory board chairman, are sitting down together to speak with automotiveIT about the consequences of the digital transformation at the Stuttgart-based automaker. Whether the issue is employees’ “digital readiness,” complexity management or new platform-supported business models, Daimler is making its way through rough terrain.
Mercedes-Benz will give outside developers a software development kit (SDK) to make it easier for them to program new apps for the Mercedes me platform.
The Frankfurt auto show opens next week with a promise to be a showcase for the changing face of personal mobility.
Automotive suppliers are facing a tougher environment as vehicle production declines, the Chinese market weakens and growing efforts to electrify powertrains are reshaping demand structures.
Schaeffler plans to work with business software group SAP to further develop its IT systems and step up digital transformation to improve efficiency.
New dates for Go Innovate! Live conference in December where GM, Ford, BMW, Honda and FCA will speak on changing IT for automotive
The inaugural automotiveIT International Go Innovate! Live conference has changed dates and will now be held this December 3-5th in Detroit. The event will now see speakers from General Motors, Honda, BMW and Daimler joining Ford, Bosch, Visteon, Inteva and others.
As part of an ongoing effort to increase software development and programing expertise, Volkswagen Group is now looking for applicants to the second round of its software development training course, Faculty 73, held at the company’s corporate headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Avis Budget Group (ABG) said it will use the Otonomo platform to provide data from its fleet of connected cars to service providers and other partners.
US companies will face persistent shortages of experienced data specialists as well as data engineers and data architects as digitalization becomes the new normal across the industry.
Whether in manufacturing operations or in the vehicles themselves, edge computing is conquering the IT infrastructure at every car company. Providers have taken note – and are already battling it out for air superiority.
German companies still have relatively few electric vehicles (EVs) in their fleets, but a poll shows that fleet managers are getting ready to deploy more of them.
As part of a new and expanded brand IT function under Sebastian Grams, Seat is combining a number of digital initiatives in Barcelona, including new digital processes and mobility concepts.
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.
Oliver Zipse, who has been in charge of BMW’s manufacturing operations since 2015, will become CEO of the German premium car group August 16.