Changing supplier business models will influence car tech and design
A squeeze on automotive suppliers, together with the adaptation of new technology, will lead some major players to play a bigger role in overall vehicle development cycles, especially in shaping customer user experiences
CES 2020: Is Sony’s Vision S a scary sight, or a revelation for carmakers and suppliers?
Should automotive manufacturers and the supply chain fear or embrace this surprise announcement from the consumer technology giant?
Tearing profits apart: how tier 1 automotive suppliers can mitigate shrinking margins
The latest report by Automotive from Ultima Media examines the profits and outlook for the top 20 automotive parts suppliers and explores the strategies and solutions they should consider to avoid significant disruption in the 2020s, including the key role they will play in automotive design and R&D
Automotive Supplier Profit Analysis: Margin Compression And Technology Investment
Automotive tier 1 suppliers are facing unprecedented industry transformation in electrification along with economic uncertainty. Download this report on the top 20 global suppliers for a deep analysis of their historic margins, as well as solutions for how suppliers could cope with growing pressures and changes in technology across the supply chain
EV design: must form follow function or could design electrify consumers?
With growth in electrified powertrains set to soar, OEMs have more opportunities to showcase EVs’ unique design possibilities, and use them to win over hearts and minds on the road to electrification
ZF collaborates with Israeli tech companies to boost AI competence
ZF Friedrichshafen is strengthening its artificial intelligence (AI) competence by cooperating with two Israeli tech companies, Cognata and OptimalPlus.
Fiat Chrysler, PSA Group set to merge
After Fiat Chrysler and the Renault called off talks earlier this year, FCA is now set to merge with PSA and form the world’s fourth-largest automotive group.
A divided global electric vehicle market could limit OEM economies of scale in manufacturing
Sales of hybrid and battery electric vehicles are set for significant regional divergence, which could fragment economies of scale across automotive production, R&D and technology costs, according to a new powertrain forecast by Automotive from Ultima Media
VW Group bundles development of full autonomy in one unit
Volkswagen Group is bringing together in one division all the full autonomous-driving developments taking place across its 12 automotive brands.
Hanna Hennig to become new CIO at Siemens
Hanna Hennig will become the next CIO of Siemens early in 2020. She will succeed Helmuth Ludwig, who is leaving the German engineering group of his own accord.
Porsche and SAP to cooperate more closely on digital transformation
Porsche and SAP will work closely together on new initiatives for the digital transformation of the German sports car maker.
Powertrain forecast to 2030: Navigating the road to electrification
Download this report for forecasts of eight different powertrains across major regions, including hybridisation, electrification and internal combustion engines, which reveal changes that will have huge implications for automotive technology and IT. The latest insight by the business intelligence unit of Automotive from Ultima Media
Buresch to succeed Straub as BMW CIO
Alexander Buresch is the new CIO at BMW, company sources told automotiveIT.
Stricter EU CO2 regulations will reshape vehicle platforms and car design
As OEMs try to reduce CO2 and transition to electric vehicles in the face of the high fines, we expect a profound impact on vehicle design.
FCA inaugurates advanced driving simulator at Windsor, Ontario, R&D center
Fiat Chrysler has inaugurated a new driving simulator that lets the carmaker test vehicle functions in a real-time, virtual environment. FCA says it is the most advanced simulator in North America.
In interview, Volkswagen brand software boss Christian Senger sees need for more digital capabilities
The Volkswagen brand is the first car manufacturer to have a board member in charge of software. In an interview, Christian Senger talks about the sea change within the company, software as a core competency and changes in supplier management.
Subscribing to a new idea of mobility at Canoo
James Cox, former head of product planning at Uber, talks about leading product technology at EV startup Canoo and why he thinks the company will succeed with its subscription-based vehicle offering.
Volkswagen reorganizes group R&D
Volkswagen is reorganizing its global R&D operations in a new division to be called “Volkswagen Group Innovation.” The unit will bring all international innovation-related activities, including research centers in California, Europe and Asia, under one roof.
A program of change for Volkswagen Group IT
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.
Map: Volkswagen’s growing network of IT expertise
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.