Part and parcel of the problem: why tier 1 supplier logistics will face a squeeze
As OEMs and automotive parts suppliers see their margins decline, cost pressures are going to increase on logistics operations and service providers further down the supply chain
Mercedes-Benz Formula E team to deploy SAP software
The Mercedes-Benz Formula E racing team will use the SAP Hana platform and other SAP software as it prepares for the first all-electric race of the season November 22 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, the German business software group said.
Skoda deploys supercomputer for simulation and development
Skoda has deployed a new supercomputer that will allow it to conduct more powerful aerodynamics simulations and develop new safety features and engines.
Volkswagen launches quantum-computing pilot for Lisbon traffic optimization
Volkswagen Group has launched a pilot project in Lisbon that uses quantum computing to optimize traffic in Portugal’s capital city.
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.
CIO Klaus Straub leaves BMW
Klaus Straub, CIO of BMW has left the company, the German premium car maker confirmed Thursday.
McDermott steps down as CEO of SAP
Bill McDermott is stepping down as CEO of SAP with immediate effect, the company said Thursday. He is succeeded by management board members Jennifer Morgan and Christian Klein, who will serve as co-CEOs of the world’s largest business software group.
Fujitsu to launch platform for automotive big data use
Fujitsu plans to launch a platform specifically designed to quickly process large volumes of data from connected cars.
Faurecia opens Tel Aviv center; focus will be on cyber security
Faurecia has opened an office in Tel Aviv, where it hopes to accelerate its cyber security strategy.
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.
Deloitte plans AI platform for business
Deloitte is developing a platform to help companies use artificial intelligence (AI) to solve business challenges.
Hyundai, Aptiv to jointly develop autonomous driving technology
Hyundai Motor and Aptiv are forming a joint venture to speed up the development of highly automated vehicles.
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.
Building Volkswagen’s Industrial Cloud
Volkswagen Group’s landmark project with Amazon Web Services will help to connect all its global factories, and eventually the supply chain as well. At the core of the project is a drive to establish a standard software stack that will transform the way production IT is developed and implemented across Volkswagen locations.
At the center of change for Volkswagen Group
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.
Augmenting intelligence: How BMW’s US IT center is putting AI into the hands of workers
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.
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: