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Harman grabs hidden infotainment gem S1nn December 18, 2014 Harman grabs hidden infotainment gem S1nn Automotive infotainment company Harman International Industries has reached an agreement to acquire S1nn GmbH & Co. Despite maintaining a low profile, the Stuttgart-based company is well known in the automotive industry - S1nn engineers have played a major role in infotainment design for carmakers like ... Read more Electric sports car startup approaches series production December 10, 2014 Electric sports car startup approaches series production Carmaker startup company nanoFlowcell - yes, there are still startups in the automotive industry - has taken first steps to establish a series production of its electric sports sedan. At next year's Geneva Motor show, the company will present a new version of its car besides the current Quant E model. ... Read more BMW sees major changes at its C-level December 09, 2014 BMW sees major changes at its C-level Carmaker BMW's management board currently sees departures and arrivals. Besides CEO Norbert Reithofer, head of development Herbert Diess is leaving the company. While in the case of Reithofer the company says he is stepping down to become chairman of the supervisory board, chief technologist Diess is ... Read more U-blox buys into automotive, acquires modules business from Lesswire December 03, 2014 U-blox buys into automotive, acquires modules business from Lesswire Targeting the rapidly growing Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication systems market, Swiss based u-blox has announced the acquisition of the automotive-grade Bluetooth and Wi-Fi module products and a team of key engineers from lesswire AG, a subsidiary of the PRETTL group. Read more Autonomous driving creates billion-dollar market December 02, 2014 Autonomous driving creates billion-dollar market Sensors, electronic control units and software required to make cars drive autonomously will create an additional market volume of up to $60 billion by 2030. This is one of the results of a study from consultancy Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. However, before carmakers and suppliers can tap this ... Read more Daimler invests € 100 million in battery expansion December 02, 2014 Daimler invests € 100 million in battery expansion Daimler has revealed plans to spend about 100 million euros in coming years to increase production of lithium-ion battery systems in eastern Germany. Read more Korea, France join forces on driverless cars R&D November 28, 2014 Korea, France join forces on driverless cars R&D The governments of Korea and France decided to conduct jointly funded R&D projects to develop software and parts for driverless cars, reports newspaper Korea Joongang Daily. Other topics for the joint R&D efforts are wearables and digital medical devices. Read more Smart PCBs for smaller ECUs: Infineon invests in PCB manufacturer November 26, 2014 Smart PCBs for smaller ECUs: Infineon invests in PCB manufacturer Chipmaker Infineon has invested into PCB manufacturer Schweizer Electronic AG. The move enables Infineon to shrink automotive ECUs, in particular in future 48V applications. But also industrial applications could benefit. Read more BMW, Tesla in talks about car battery alliance November 24, 2014 BMW, Tesla in talks about car battery alliance Germany's BMW is holding talks with electric carmaker Tesla Motors relating to a possible alliance in batteries and light-weight components accoring to Tesla's Chief Executive Elon Musk. Read more Isabellenhütte diversifies channels, clientele November 20, 2014 Isabellenhütte diversifies channels, clientele To seize the opportunities of new markets and perhaps also to moderate the risks resulting from a very focused product portfolio, Isabellenhütte Heusler GmbH (Dillenberg, Germany) has announced a new sales concept. In the future, distributors will play a far greater role for the company's business. Read more
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