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Mapping the future of R&D in the automotive supply chain

2019-03-05T14:44:00+00:00By Andrew Williams


Porsche acquires majority in software company Cetitec

2019-05-09T12:45:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Porsche is acquiring a majority stake in German software company Cetitec. The sports car maker said the move acknowledges the growing importance and complexity of software and electronics in vehicles.


Renault and partners in pact with Plug and Play China

2019-05-09T10:49:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Renault and its alliance partners Nissan and Mitsubishi are strengthening their commitment to invest in innovative companies in China.

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Study: Many companies not ready for comprehensive PLM approach

2019-05-08T08:59:00+01:00By Werner Beutnagel

To boost their competitiveness, companies are increasingly trying to digitally manage the entire lifecycle of their products.

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At PSA, new top execs for quality, engineering, R&D

2019-04-29T10:04:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

Nicolas Morel and Carla Gohin (pictured) are taking over top roles as Gilles Le Borgne steps down as CTO.

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Ford names new leaders amid shake-up

2019-04-17T17:44:00+01:00By Steve Garnsey

Joe Hinrichs takes on more responsibilities across product and technology; former CIO Marcy Klevorn to retire.

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Analysis: Covestro sees new automotive opportunities as cars evolve

2019-04-09T17:37:00+01:00By Arjen Bongard

With the car undergoing some of the biggest changes in its 130-year history, companies such as materials maker Covestro hope to capitalize on the fresh opportunities emerging in the automotive supply chain.


AGCO harvests more value from IT

2019-04-05T16:02:00+01:00By Christopher Ludwig

Like automotive firms, agricultural equipment maker AGCO is planting the seeds of transformation, implementing a common global IT infrastructure, more digital manufacturing processes and an agile approach to IT service and development.

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Digitalization set to help BMW cut costs

2019-03-20T15:43:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

BMW’s CEO is pointing to digital technology, including virtual simulations, as a means to save huge amounts of money.

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IT takes a front seat for innovation at Visteon

2019-03-19T22:09:00+00:00By Christopher Ludwig

CIO Raman Mehta is leading a dramatic modernization of Visteon’s IT and IS architecture and enterprise systems, helping the cockpit electronics supplier to further digitalize its engineering, production and supply chain.


Mapping the future of R&D in the automotive supply chain

2019-03-05T14:44:00+00:00By Andrew Williams

What IT tools are OEMs and suppliers using to support and manage the rapidly changing R&D processes?


At Porsche, autonomous driving enters the workshop

2019-02-21T12:43:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

Porsche is working a Berlin startup to test virtually how its cars can drive themselves to lifting platforms in the workshop.


BMW to open tech scouting office in Tel Aviv

2019-02-20T12:22:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

BMW plans to open a technology scouting office in Tel Aviv, focusing on new technologies and cooperation with regional startup companies.


Ford tests Gravity Sketch software to speed up car design processes

2019-01-31T17:40:00+00:00By Arjen Bongard

Ford Motor says it is the first automaker to work with Gravity Sketch, a 3D virtual reality tool that allows car designers to speed up their work.


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.

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Panic in Detroit? More a strategic rethink on tech investment

2019-01-29T15:11:00+00:00By Paul Fisher

SBD researcher Alex Oyler talks to automotiveIT International about the connectivity trends transforming the automotive industry


Finnish software group extends partnership with LG to include in-vehicle entertainment systems

2019-01-23T11:52:00+00:00By Paul Fisher

Agile software house Qt announces extension of partnership with LG to include in- vehicle entertainment systems.


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.


BMW drives innovation and smart tech in digital production push

2019-01-16T11:52:00+00:00By Victoria Johns

Jürgen Maidl, BMW’s senior vice president logistics, reveals the importance of developing innovative technologies in production logistics - and the benefits of thinking like a start-up.


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.

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