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Frankfurt (Dow Jones) – VW CEO Herbert Dis expressed a backlog of the German automotive industry for autonomous driving.It must be admitted that, for example, Google subsidiary Waymo in the field of vehicles without driving 1-2 years ahead, said "But we are determined to keep up to date, the game is not lost," the world was quoted on Sunday as the vehicle manager. "Much depends on the regulators, too.
The development of vehicles such as Robotaxis will still be driven forward with regulators, CEO Daimler Dieter Zetsche said at the same event. "What we do not want is a government that gives the industry a free hand that only flaunts everything." Otherwise the new technology will not be accepted by the people. So we need to be more careful with what we do and how we do it, otherwise we will destroy our confidence in this new technology from the beginning, if we go too far, we fail, "Zetsche said.
Federal Economy Minister Peter Altmeyer (CDU) said autonomous cars would not win as fast as they thought. "Anyway, I'm sure that driving driving absolutely comes, maybe a little later than we thought two or three years ago," says Altmaier. "But when this happens, it will change everything, the whole environment of vehicles and drivers – in four or five years."
He was optimistic that the German automotive industry could play a leading role in robotic vehicles. "The German automotive industry is very strong in developing, building and selling high quality vehicles, and this knowledge can offset one or the other of the gaps that we have in developing digital platforms."
However, according to Walt Am Sonntag, he criticized cellular manufacturers for their commitment to future technologies: "I really wonder when, Mr. Zatche, or you, Mr. Dis or Mr. Carger from BMW will be able to electric car To build, which is only half as sexy as Tesla. As far as the appeal of their electronic cars, you can really bring some new ideas. "
In Bild am Sonntag Diess called industrial policy for the automotive industry and harsh criticism. "Unfortunately, right now, almost no one in the German party landscape can not imagine a positive perspective for the car," says Dis. "I believe we abandoned a rational analysis in favor of short-term headlines and an emotional discussion that in the end did not help the parties that were established, but the smaller parties, which now have a much clearer position."
Without federal government support, the German auto industry will not be competitive. "There is no industrial policy in the last 30 years and now we need a constructive political environment because we have competitors from China, where there is a strong supportive industrial policy." It lacks a "real agenda car", so Diess.
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18 November 2018 05:03 ET (10:03 GMT)