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Record attendance at London automotiveIT Congress

Connected mobility event defines next stage of cooperation for automotive and IT industries!

Record attendance at London automotiveIT Congress

More than 260 executives attended the automotiveIT International Congress

LONDON – More than 260 industry executives from 20 countries came to London for the first automotiveIT International Congress. The two-day event, which was held July 1 – 2 at the futuristic Siemens Crystal in the London Docklands, featured a full day of presentations and discussions on the role of IT in redefining the traditional car industry.

Participants in the Congress, whose theme was “Connected Mobility 3.0: IT Moves the Auto Industry,” heard from executives from a broad range of automakers, suppliers and IT service providers. Companies represented on the podium included Audi, Ford, Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, Qoros, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.

The conference started July 1 with a VIP tour of Audi”s virtual dealership, Audi City. The following day, Norbert Braendli, an Audi IT executive, expanded on the concept of the digital dealership in an address to the plenary session of the Congress. A panel discussion on connected retail added further depth to this part of the program.

Other highlights of the conference included an address by Mike Bell, head of connected services at British premium car maker Jaguar Land Rover; a review of Volvo’s new driver interface by the brand’s head of electrical and electronic development, Thomas Mueller; and insights into the connected-car plans of new China-based car brand Qoros by Director of Connected Services Maurits Aalberse.

A panel discussion on big data, which featured experts from automakers Ford, Toyota and Nissan, showed how the industry is planning to use new data analysis to improve processes across the value chain.

Cooperation was one of the central themes in the Congress sessions. Without cooperation between car companies and the IT community, several executives said, new mobility would be long in the making. An example of successful collaboration was provided by Genivi President Philippe Gicquel. Genivi brings together 170 companies to jointly build an open-source platform for in-vehicle infotainment. Gicquel said the alliance will help the auto industry stay in the driver’s seat when it comes to in-car infotainment.
The automotiveIT International Congress provided an opportunity to discuss in detail how to accelerate the car industry’s transformation and to define which business models are likely to work going forward. Senior executives from many of the world’s biggest automakers, IT specialists, telecommunications companies and other stakeholders joined the discussion. Said Nina Sauer, managing director of automotiveIT International: “With about 40 percent of participants representing car brands, we trust we’ve provided a useful forum to discuss the next steps in the automotive IT revolution.”

Next year, the automotiveIT Group will host its second international congress in Paris on July 2. On September 30, 2014, the German-language carIT Congress will take place during the IAA truck fair in Hanover.

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The English-language automotiveIT Executive Report expands Media-Manufaktur”s successful German-language product range, which includes the automotiveIT and carIT magazines, the Websites, and the annual automotive IT Congress, the premier automotive IT congress in Europe.

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