Topline: Daimler became the latest carmaker Friday to announce cost cutting measures in the form of 10,000 layoffs by 2022 to help fund production of electric vehicles, in what the company called the biggest transformation in history for the automotive industry. amp;
Now comes the hard part: Getting consumers to buy them.At Frankfurt s 2019 car show, Volkswagen AG Chief Executive Officer Herbert Diess laid it on thick, calling on governments to give up coal fired power as he unveiled the electric ID.3 car for the masses. At the Mercedes Benz stand, where the Daimler AG brand was showing the prototype of an electric S Class sibling, real beech trees framed massive screens displaying schools of digital fish.
This would likely translate to a potential revival, or at least an acceleration, of BMW s push into electric mobility. Krueger has received a fair amount of skepticism over his leadership of BMW over the past years, particularly due to the company losing ground in the luxury segment to its main rival, Daimler s Mercedes Benz, according to the Associated Press. BMW has also been left out in the premium electric vehicle market, which is currently being dominated by Silicon Valley based Tesla and increasingly populated by veteran carmakers like Audi and Jaguar. This was unfortunate, as BMW, at one point, actually had a lead in EVs. Prior to Krueger s appointment as CEO, BMW had launched the i3, a curiously designed battery electric car that was considered as an alternative, or even a competitor, to the Tesla Model S. Under Krueger s leadership, BMW shifted away from all electric vehicles, focusing instead on plug in hybrids, which combine an internal combustion engine and an electric motor. This strategy ultimately resulted in BMW losing the lead that it established with the i3. Today, the company s next expected EV, the iX3, has been beaten to the market by the Jaguar I PACE, the Audi e tron, and even the Porsche Taycan, which is set for release later this year.
The finding adds to the car industry's woes after Volkswagen in 2015 admitted to cheating on emissions tests in the U.S., which led to a worldwide reevaluation of how cars are tested and how to limit emissions to make air cleaner and fight climate change.The EU antitrust regulator said that after an in depth investigation, it found that BMW, Daimler and Volkswagen, including its Audi and Porsche units, broke EU laws from 2006 to 2014 by illegally agreeing among themselves to limit the roll out of the technology. The technology helps eliminate nitrogen oxides, which can be harmful to human health, from both gasoline and diesel passenger cars.
The unlikely alliance between BMW and Daimler, solidified earlier this year, is in the opening stages of producing something tangible. The duo are already said to be working on a joint platform for electric vehicles, which the German business publication Manager Magazin claims will underpin a new EV from BMW.Called the i2, the battery powered subcompact is to be slotted beneath BMW 's existing i3. While rumored to be similar in size, the i2 will abandon the i3 's carbon fiber body in an attempt to minimize costs and broaden appeal. Daimler would follow by producing its own version, likely using Mercedes Benz 's EQ sub brand.
Bloomberg put South Korea in first place on the index for the sixth time, due to new investments in key technologies and a regulatory plan for encouraging startups. Germany advanced into second place due to investment in production and research by many of its industrial giants, such as Volkswagen, Daimler, and Bosch. Third and fourth places were taken by Finland and Switzerland, respectively.China, the world's second largest economy, was rated only in 16th place. Although Bloomberg rated China in second place in patents because of companies like Huawei and BOE, which invest in research and development, China trails far behind in general productivity.
Mercedes Benz will kick off a series of events on Tuesday to present the German alternative to Tesla s electric cars. Mercedes will reveal its EQC, an electric SUV, in Sweden. BMW will follow on Sunday with its Inext sedan and Audi will unveil its electric e tron SUV in Tesla s backyard, San Francisco, on September 17.Ever since the revelation of VW s emissions fraud in 2015 and the rise of Tesla as an electric carmaker, Mercedes Benz maker Daimler and its rivals BMW and Audi have all made e cars a top priority. Jointly, German carmakers will spend around 40 billion ($46.5 billion) over the next three years to roll out new electric cars that can compete with Tesla s Model S, the SUV Model X and the mass market Model 3. Next year, the companies, including the VW Group, will launch new electric models almost every month.
Beijing has given Daimler, owner of the Mercedes Benz brand, a permit for level 4 road use in the capital city after extensive close course testing, the company said in the statement.China has issued licenses allowing self driving vehicles to be road tested to several automakers this year in Shanghai and Beijing, including Shanghai based SAIC, electric vehicle start up NIO and tech giant Baidu.
Daimler's investment adds to the automaker's portfolio of European mobility services and technology companies, which have almost 22 million customers already.Taxify has grabbed business from Uber in Central and Eastern Europe and major African cities. It counts 10 million passengers and 500,000 drivers in the more than 25 countries where it operates.
"We will begin a deeper exchange on these complex technical issues with the aim of identifying the number of affected vehicles, " said Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer after meeting with Daimler boss Dieter Zetsche.Scheuer said he has given Zetsche two weeks to clarify the issue.
Much is at stake for the automakers, which include Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler and Ford. Their joint venture, Munich based Ionity, is pushing to roll out its network in time to service the next generation of battery only cars coming on the market starting next year. They're aiming to win back some of the market share for electric luxury car sales lost to Tesla, which has its own, proprietary fast charging network.Despite a slower than expected start, Ionity CEO Michael Hajesch told The Associated Press in an interview he's "confident" the company will reach its goal of 400 ultra fast charging stations averaging six charging places each by 2020.
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Daimler is one of many carmakers accused of cheating on diesel emissions tests using software trickery since the Volkswagen Dieselgate scandal broke in late 2015. German automotive giant Volkswagen was forced to pay huge fines and issue massive recalls after admitting to secretly installing emissions test cheating software on its cars which emitted up to 40 times the legal limit of Nitrogen Oxides on the go but performed perfectly during testing.The Bild am Sonntag also states that Daimler's own employees doubted that the company's cars could pass strict US emission norms for diesel vehicles even before the Volkswagen Dieselgate debacle made its way onto the headlines of every major news agency. The newspaper also claims that Daimler employees also questioned whether the functions of the software were even legal to use.
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JPMorgan Chase amp; Co. and Barclays Bank Plc are among the 12 organizations IBM selected to get early access to its latest quantum computing technology, which could eventually help solve difficult problems that are beyond the reach of any conventional supercomputer.Automakers Daimler AG and Honda Motor Co., technology giant Samsung Electronics Co., chemicals companies JSR Corp. and Nagase amp; Co., specialty materials company Hitachi Metals Ltd. are also in the group. Many of the most promising potential applications for quantum computers involve creating new chemical catalysts or engineering new materials with exotic properties.
While Tesla is working hard for themselves in the United States, Germany carmakers are taking it upon themselves with a new initiative. German carmakers have set the ambitious goal of introducing a Europe wide network of charging stations by 2020. That;s right, German carmakers are making a bet to introduce a full blown electric car charging network throughout Europe.The initiative, called IONITY, is a joint venture between US carmaker Ford, BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen. These carmakers plan to roll out the High Powered Charging (HPC) stations from now until 2020 when they expect to have a full network in place.
The consortium, Ionity, is made up of Ford, BMW, Daimler, and Volkswagen (and VW owned Audi and Porsche). At its launch today (Nov. 2), Ionity said that it would have 20 charging stations up and running this year in Austria, Germany, and Norway, and plans to add another 100 in various countries next year, with a view to reaching 400 stations across Europe by 2020. With 350kW capacity, the super fast Ionity chargers will radically cut the time people need to wait around while topping up their batteries. The stations will also be just 75 miles (120km) apart, meaning drivers don 't need to plan routes or worry about running out of charge before they reach the next one.
HERE, the mapping service now owned by Audi, BMW and Daimler, today announced a new cloud based mapping service for enhancing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and automated driving features in cars. In the future, these maps could also form the core of the mapping system for self driving cars as well.Even though features like automated driving on a highway are only possible because of a plethora of on board sensors (like the ones Nvidia talked about earlier this week), highly precise maps still form the basis of virtually all of these more advanced systems. You can t plan very far ahead, after all, if you don t have a map, and sensors only reach so far and definitely not around corners).