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BMW, German Suppliers to Launch Cloud-based Database

BMW, German Suppliers to Launch Cloud-based Database

BMW and several of its large German suppliers plan to shun big-time data hosts like Alibaba or Amazon and build their own data-sharing network.

The alliance includes the likes of Robert Bosch, Deutsche Telekom, SAP, Siemens and ZF, according to Germany’s Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.

The partners say the network they envision won’t rely on technologies from China or the U.S.

Why It Matters

The German group wants to create its own data platform to combat what its members see as a threat to the competitiveness of the German auto industry.

The partners also are nervous about losing control of sensitive information, especially after four years of simmering and still unresolved trade tensions involving China, Europe and the U.S.

The new alliance, says Economy ...READ MORE

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Automakers, Suppliers Release AV Policy Roadmap for U.S.

“There is no doubt that Level 3-5 automated vehicles are an important part” to creating a cleaner, safer and smarter transportation future, according to the Alliance for Automotive Innovation (AAI).

But getting the job done, the U.S. auto industry trade group says, requires “focused and sustained leadership from policymakers.”

To help guide regulators, AAI has released a four-year action plan.

AV Roadmap

The policy roadmap aims to reform and harmonize regulations related to automated vehicles to help advance the testing and deployment of such vehicles.

AAI makes 14 recommendations grouped in three categories:

  • Regulatory reform to allow AV deployment at scale
  • Harmonizing federal, state and international policies
  • Creating a foundation to achieve long-term ...READ MORE
The Software Revolution is Here

It’s a great time to be a software engineer in the auto industry. Demand for such talent is expected to continue to grow for the foreseeable future. The reason? Software is fast becoming a branding differentiator as carmaker’s add new electronic features. And for cars with electrified powertrains, autonomous driving systems and V2X connectivity, digital brain power is even more critical.

Hybrids and fully electric vehicles tend to have significantly higher semiconductor content than models powered by stand-alone piston engines, with software controls for battery systems, traction motor inverters, DC/DC converters and AC/DC chargers. IHS Markit expects semiconductor revenue for electrified propulsion systems to jump 23% to $2.7 billion in 2020—a year in which overall ...READ MORE

VW Bids Drops Racing Program in Shift to Electric Vehicles

The Volkswagen brand is dropping its motorsport activities to further focus on developing mass-market electric cars.

VW will move the 169 members of its motorsport unit and into the more mundane world of helping to develop EVs for the company’s burgeoning ID sub-brand.

Rich History

VW Motorsport has a storied, 50-year history that began with modestly powered Formula Vee open wheelers, which borrowed heavily from the VW Beetle parts bin—including the Beetle’s diminutive air-cooled piston engine—in the 1960s.

A zippier Super Vee series began in the 1970s. Since then, VW Motorsport has been involved in a number of racing series as well as autocross and rally competition.

Within the past 10 years, VW models have won the Dakar Rally three times, the Rally World ...READ MORE

GM, BorgWarner Lead Auto Industry in Responsibility Report

The automotive and components sector accounted for 16 of the 400 companies that made the cut on this year’s “Most Responsible Companies” in the U.S. rankings compiled by Newsweek and Statista.

General Motors led the group, coming in 12th overall, with a rating of 88.7 on a 100-point scale. It was followed by Cummins (24th) and BorgWarner (36th). The only other automotive company to crack the top 100 was Minnesota-based recreational vehicle specialist Polaris, which ranked 96th.


As a starting point, companies must rank among the 2,000 largest by U.S. revenue and have issued corporate responsibility, sustainability or similar reports.

The qualifying companies were then rated across three categories:

  • Environment (waste, emissions, water and energy use, ...READ MORE
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