AAA test: Pedestrian detection systems and emergency braking perform inconsistently
Emergency braking systems with pedestrian detection fail to prevent many accidents, according to a new study by the American Automobile Association (AAA).
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.
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.
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.
An interview with Trumpf CIO Thilo Press: “We need to understand that IT is part of the business”
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:
VW invests in holographic technology
Volkswagen Group has taken a minority stake in SeeReal Technologies, a company that specializes in holographic display technology. The move will allow the German automaker to further develop 3D imagery to be used in in-car displays.
At Audi, going virtual in preparation of e-tron GT production
Audi is embracing virtual reality (VR) and other digital technologies as it gets ready to build its first electric sedan, the e-tron GT.
Seat’s Martorell plant gets first parts delivery by drone
Seat’s car plant in Martorell, Spain, received its first parts delivery by drone Wednesday, as it works to improve efficiency in its manufacturing operations.
FCA’s North America CIO to speak at Detroit automotiveIT event
Fiat Chrysler North America CIO Mamatha Chamarthi will deliver a keynote address at the upcoming Go innovate! Live conference in Detroit in December
Watch: Nissan brings the invisible into focus
Nissan recently demonstrated how it can use the cloud and sensor technology to help drivers anticipate what might be ahead on the road.
Mercedes-Benz wants to become your digital one and only
Sabine Scheunert and her digitalONE team for sales and marketing IT are expanding customer touchpoints through apps and digital features, including vehicle-connected services through Mercedes me and new mobility services – all of it supported by an open architecture, artificial intelligence and cloud capabilities.
Watch: BMW board member Pieter Nota on improving digital customer journeys
In this video, BMW’s board member for customer, brands and sales reveals big investment in connected technology to improve customer experiences and transform the carmaker’s business model.
Watch: How Faurecia invests in startups
Faurecia Ventures is the company’s corporate venturing division, searching out next generation digital and mobility technology.
Audi the latest to expand use of virtual reality at dealerships and service bays
Audi’s use of virtual-reality and augmented-reality tools to train technicians to work on electric vehicles is pointing the way towards a wider use of the technology across dealerships, sales channels and the aftermarket.
AGCO harvests more value from IT
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.
Nissan turns to tablets to increase sales in competitive digital market
Nissan has been introducing tablet technology to improve customer experience in its retail and aftermarket network.
IT takes a front seat for innovation at Visteon
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
What IT tools are OEMs and suppliers using to support and manage the rapidly changing R&D processes?
Ford tests Gravity Sketch software to speed up car design processes
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.
BMW drives innovation and smart tech in digital production push
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.