ZF Friedrichshafen, IBM and UBS are teaming up to build a blockchain-based automotive transaction platform.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
General Motors is integrating a range of Google applications into its cars, as customers want seamless integration between in-car infotainment and the devices they use at home and in the office.
The Frankfurt auto show opens next week with a promise to be a showcase for the changing face of personal mobility.
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:
Vijay Ratnaparkhe is the new CIO of Robert Bosch, succeeding Elmar Pritsch, who has taken on new responsibilities at the large German automotive supplier group.
Former Byton CEO Carsten Breitfeld has been appointed global chief executive of Los Angeles-based Faraday Future (FF), strengthening the management ranks of the Chinese-owned electric-vehicle company and potentially improving its chances of bringing to market its flagship FF 91 model.
Great Wall Motor has selected Hamburg-based Ibeo Automotive Systems as the source for lidars on its production vehicles. The Chinese maker of SUVs and pickup trucks will initially use the IbeoNEXT solid state lidar system on its upcoming Wey SUV model.
Schaeffler plans to work with business software group SAP to further develop its IT systems and step up digital transformation to improve efficiency.
German companies transporting goods all too often ignore the potential of digital technologies developed by startup companies, a new study found.
Data center power outage shuts down Nissan and Infiniti dealer and production systems in North America
A power outage at a Nissan data center in Denver, Colorado disrupted the communications network used by Nissan North America across the US, Mexico and Canadafor most of this week, impacting IT systems both for production and dealers.
New dates for Go Innovate! Live conference in December where GM, Ford, BMW, Honda and FCA will speak on changing IT for automotive
The inaugural automotiveIT International Go Innovate! Live conference has changed dates and will now be held this December 3-5th in Detroit. The event will now see speakers from General Motors, Honda, BMW and Daimler joining Ford, Bosch, Visteon, Inteva and others.
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.
Data from connected cars offer ample opportunity to develop new business models. But, to be successful, the auto industry needs to make sure the data sent from and received by tomorrow’s vehicles are safe and secure.
With most new cars set to feature some form of connectivity, there is a big opportunity in usage-based insurance (UBI), which is likely to grow sharply in coming years. Paul Stacy, automotive development director for LexisNexis Risk Solutions, explains why following a new deal in which Fiat Chrysler vehicles will connect to the LexisNexis telematics platform in Europe.
Until now, attacks on manufacturing IT systems tended to be hit or miss. Sometimes they succeeded, but mostly they did not. That won’t be the case for long. Many of these facilities are poorly equipped to fend off cyberattacks.