During the event on artificial intelligence, the heads of Volkswagen and Daimler talked with the Minister of Economic Affairs Peter Altmaier (CDU) about the arrears of the German car industry. According to "Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung" and according to "Welt am Sonntag" Altmaier did not care for words.
Addressing General Directors Herbert Diess (VW) and Dieter Zetsche & # 39; a (Daimler), he said: "I really wonder when you, Mr. Zetsche, or Mr. Diess or Mr. Krüger from BMW will be able to buy an electric car to build who is only half as sexy as one Tesla. When it comes to the attractiveness of your e-cars, you can come up with some fresh ideas. "
There was no direct answer. However, this has already caused arrears in the development of autonomous driving. Admittedly, about the Google Waymo branch in vehicles without a driver, one to two years ahead, Diess said, according to "Welt am Sonntag" at the conference.
Altmaier said that "Welt am Sonntag" according to autonomous cars will not outweigh as soon as expected. But he was "sure that there would be a completely deprived driver, maybe a little later than we thought two or three years ago." German companies could play a leading role in this area.
The German car industry is strong in the development, construction and sale of high-quality vehicles. "This knowledge can compensate for one or other backlog that we have in the development of digital platforms."