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A program of change for Volkswagen Group IT

2019-09-16T06:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

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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Map: Volkswagen’s growing network of IT expertise

2019-09-16T06:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

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.

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At the center of change for Volkswagen Group

2019-09-16T06:30:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

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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An interview with Trumpf CIO Thilo Press: “We need to understand that IT is part of the business”

2019-09-05T13:31:00+01:00By Ralf Bretting, Yannick Polchow

Digitalization is a core part of the corporate strategy at Trumpf and IT plays a big role in the plans. Thilo Press, CIO of the German maker of machine tools since 2015, recently talked to automotiveIT about the digitalization of products and processes, the potential of artificial intelligence and the need for IT to be a fully integrated part of the company’s business. Following are edited excerpts from the interview:

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San Francisco food delivery firm DoorDash acquires autonomous vehicle specialist Scotty Labs

2019-08-22T18:09:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

DoorDash, an on-demand food delivery service with a growing interest in autonomous vehicle technology, has acquired Scotty Labs, a tele-operations company that is developing technology for remote-controlled autonomous driving for cars and trucks. 

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Volkswagen calls for applications to software training program, ‘Faculty 73’

2019-08-22T14:20:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

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.

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Porsche invests in Israeli sensor and vision specialist, TriEye

2019-08-21T21:26:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Porsche has acquired a minority stake in TriEye, an Israeli technology start-up specialized in deep learning and semi-conductor components that support autonomous driving and advanced driver assistance systems.

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Magna opens new plant for cameras, robotics R&D center

2019-08-20T21:12:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Magna has opened a new electronics manufacturing plant in Michigan that will increase production of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), especially in cameras and components to support vision-based driving systems.

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Toyota to develop human support robots with Japanese AI specialists, Preferred Networks

2019-08-20T20:50:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Toyota Motor is partnering with Japanese artificial intelligence and machine learning specialist Preferred Networks (PFN) to co-develop robots across multiple industries including healthcare and logistics, using Toyota’s own developed Human Support Robot (HSR) robotics platform.

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Porsche Digital opens 2nd North American location with offices at Atlanta headquarters

2019-08-02T15:29:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Porsche Digital, the premium vehicle manufacturer’s customer and UX innovation division, has opened an office in Atlanta at the headquarters of its North American division, its second US location after Silicon Valley

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Bain study: US shortage of data engineers, architects to persist

2019-07-29T13:39:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

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.

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Magna joint venture with BAIC will engineer and build electric vehicles in China

2019-07-26T09:08:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Magna will open a joint venture factory in China with BAIC to assembly electric vehicles and expand its contract vehicle engineering and manufacturing services in the world’s largest electric vehicle market.

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Tencent will support IT in China for BMW’s autonomous driving development platform

2019-07-25T20:20:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

The Chinese tech giant Tencent is supporting BMW’s new IT platform for the development in China of Level 3 and Level 4 autonomous vehicles as part of a wider technology partnership.

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

2019-07-19T13:45:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

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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At Jaguar Land Rover, detecting the driver’s mood is next frontier

2019-07-11T08:06:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Jaguar Land Rover is testing whether artificial intelligence (AI) can automatically adapt the in-car environment to a driver’s mood.

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Toyota and Denso to jointly research next-generation chips

2019-07-10T08:39:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Toyota and Denso plan to bundle resources to research what kind of semiconductors will be needed in cars to power next-generation mobility.

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FCA’s North America CIO to speak at Detroit automotiveIT event

2019-07-05T10:29:00+01:00

Fiat Chrysler North America CIO Mamatha Chamarthi will deliver a keynote address at the upcoming Go innovate! Live conference in Detroit in December

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Volkswagen brand officially gets its own CIO

2019-07-05T09:01:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

The Volkswagen brand is officially getting its own CIO as the VW Group puts in place a comprehensive reorganization of its IT operations.

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Porsche CIO: “Coming out with the perfect product idea isn’t always the main issue”

2019-06-28T08:27:00+01:00By Ralf Bretting, Hilmar Dunker

Porsche CIO Mattias Ulbrich, who headed IT at Volkswagen Group’s premium brand Audi until last year, wants to make digital transformation an emotional and passionate mission at the carmaker. He talks to automotiveIT about new business models, artificial intelligence and the need to invest in IT modernization.

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Watch: Nissan brings the invisible into focus

2019-06-26T08:16:00+01:00

Nissan recently demonstrated how it can use the cloud and sensor technology to help drivers anticipate what might be ahead on the road.

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