Volkswagen CEO Herbert Dis gave the German automotive industry a backlog on autonomous driving.
Admittedly, for example, Google subsidiary Waymo lying in the field of vehicles without driving 1-2 years ago, VW boss Diess said at an industry meeting on the artificial intelligence of the newspaper world. "But we are determined to keep up to date, the game is not lost," the world was quoted on Sunday by the car manager. Much depends also on the regulators, so Diess.
The development of vehicles such as Robotaxis will still be driven forward with regulators, Daimler CEO said Dieter Zetsche At the same event. "What we do not want is a government that leaves the industry completely free and just waves everything." Otherwise new technology will not be accepted by humans. "So we need to be more careful with what we do and how we do it, otherwise we will destroy the confidence in this new technology from the beginning, and 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 without driving will come, 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 the development, construction and sale of high quality vehicles, and this knowledge can offset one or more others we have in developing digital platforms."
However, according to Walt Am Sonntag, he criticized the automaker 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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