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Sales

Ford’s $42 Billion Cash Cow

F-Series pickups generate about 30% of the carmaker’s revenue. The tally is about twice as much as what McDonald’s pulls in.

Connectivity

Conti, Hewlett-Packard Partner on Blockchain Tech

Continental AG and Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. (HPE) have developed a blockchain-based data-sharing platform they aim to launch later this year.

Car/Ride Sharing

GM’s Ammann Quits Lyft’s Board

General Motors Co. President Dan Ammann is quitting the board of ride-hailing service Lyft Inc.

Mobility

Detroit Auto Show Expands Tech Startup Roster

The Detroit auto show’s AutoMobili-D expo next month will include 57 startup companies—a 40% increase over the number of such participants at this year’s inaugural event in January.

VR Goes Mobile

One of the issues related to virtual reality (VR) is that for all of its depth and richness, it tends to be somewhat restricted vis-à-vis physically interacting with it.

Design

Creating Smarter Bus Routes

Although transportation is undergoing profound changes, let’s face it: there is a huge existing infrastructure out there consisting of vehicles as well as roadways and ancillary objects (signs, traffic signals, etc.), and it is going to take a long time for that to be turned over to a new approach.

Business

Monetizing a Car’s Data

Cars already use onboard sensors to generate mountains of data about themselves. But carmakers aren't yet monetizing such information.

PLM

Sustainable Manufacturing: There Are Apps for That

Software that supports sustainable manufacturing and environmentally conscious products help make going green somewhat easier.

Cax

Professional Workstations Are Still Important

With all the clamor about tablets and mobile phones, one could easily forget about workstations. Don’t. Nowadays, they’re even more primed for the heavy lifting in CAD.

Production

OEMs, Suppliers & the New Competitive Landscape

Costs reductions are the order of the day. And chances are, the cuts are only going to get deeper. What's a supplier to do? Consider collaborating and innovating.