Daimler Mobility Services purchases Europcar Group’s 25% stake in car2go Europe GmbH

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  • Daimler Mobility Services to hold 100% of car2go Europe after approval by the relevant authorities
  • Daimler is poised to further expand its mobility portfolio
  • car2go Group has more than 3 million users worldwide

Stuttgart. Daimler Mobility Services announced today that it will acquire the 25 percent stake in car2go Europe GmbH from joint venture partner Europcar Group. The acquisition means that following approval of the transaction by the relevant authorities, 100 percent of the car2go Europe shares are in the hands of Daimler Mobility Services. In 2012, car2go Europe GmbH was created as a joint-venture, owned 75% by Daimler and 25% by Europcar. Today, car2go Group is present in Europe, North America and China, and has more than 3 million users worldwide.

“Over the course of the last several months, we have intensified our investments in mobility services in order to create a holistic mobility system with a broad portfolio. As part of this strategy, we decided to fully acquire the remaining shares in car2go Europe,” stated Daimler’s Head of Mobility Services Jörg Lamparter. “We want to thank Europcar for their great support as we went from a car sharing start up to the leading car sharing company in the world,” Lamparter continued.

Daimler is poised to further expand its mobility portfolio

Daimler Mobility Services is poised to further expand its mobility portfolio, expand its customer base and enhance the customer experience through bundled mobility products. With the customer insights gained through 24 million rentals for both combustion engines and electric cars alone in 2017, car2go has laid the ground work for Daimler’s CASE strategy as the company shifts to a fully connected, autonomous, shared and electric vehicle portfolio. Today, car2go has algorithms which predict mobility demand and the fleets are strategically moved to optimize maximum usage and meet demand. The goal is to develop the required expertise and resources so that we are a leader in the future business with self-driving cars.

“I want to thank Europcar for their collaboration in supporting car2go’s expansion across Europe. We have collectively transformed car sharing from a trend to a lifestyle and have created a mobility community,” stated Olivier Reppert, CEO car2go Group.

Caroline Parot, Europcar Group’s Chief Executive Officer, stated: “We want to thank the Daimler Group for our longstanding partnership since 2012 within car2go Europe. This investment has taught us a great deal about car sharing.”

17.8 million customers are registered with car2go, moovel and mytaxi

In addition to car2go, Daimler Mobility Services is responsible for moovel and mytaxi: The mobility platform moovel offers on-demand access to various mobility offers, including booking and payment. mytaxi is a market leader amongst the taxi hailing apps in Europe. Moreover, Daimler Mobility Services holds minority stakes in Blacklane, Careem, Flixbus, Turo and Via. Almost 18 million customers are registered with car2go, moovel and mytaxi, which are offered in more than 100 cities in Europe, North America and China.

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Bharat Forge invests in Tork Motorcycles


Bharat Forge Ltd., India’s largest exporter of auto components announces strategic investment of upto Rs 30 Crores for eventual stake of 45% in an EV startup, Tork Motorcycles.

Bharat Forge is making a strategic investment in Tork Motorcycles as a part of its overall EMobility powertrain development. Tork’s strength lies in its in-house team that has designed, developed and built the complete electric motorcycle. Their knowledge in the overall EV powertrain development will help Bharat Forge gain access to technologies in personal E-mobility space.

Commenting on the investment, Amit Kalyani, Executive Director, Bharat Forge said “Together with the recent investment in the R & D setup at Mira, UK, Bharat Forge is strategically aligning to develop solutions across the entire spectrum from low voltage powertrains in personal mobility to high voltage applications for commercial vehicles”.

“BFL is well prepared for the increased penetration of Electric vehicles globally through offering solutions on Light Weighting, components for drivetrain and creating supply chain capabilities for electric powertrain”.

“This strategic investment will enable BFL to develop components/ sub systems to address the huge potential in the Indian personal mobility space driven by regulatory push through various initiatives and the increasing economic viability of Electric Vehicles.”

About Bharat Forge

Bharat Forge Limited (BFL) is the flagship company of the USD 2.5 billion Kalyani Group and a global provider of high performance, innovative, safety & critical components and solutions to various industrial sectors including Automotive, Railways, Power, Defence, Construction & Mining, Aerospace, Marine and Oil & Gas. BFL today has largest repository of metallurgical knowledge in the region and offers full service supply capability to its geographically dispersed marquee customers from concept to product design, engineering, manufacturing, testing and validation.

About Tork Motorcycles

Tork motorcycles (www.torkmotorcycles.com) is India’s first, premium electric motorcycle company. Founded by Kapil Shelke, Tork’s early prototypes were developed between 2009 to 2012 and participated in several international races including the prestigious Isle of Man TT with podium finishes. This demonstrated the capability of team to develop a high performance product with world class technology.

Tork team has been working on developing production version “T6X” since 2015. T6X is powered by lithium ion batteries, engineered to travel at a top speed of 100 kmph with superior acceleration. T6X travels 100 km on a single charge in all-weather condition. With its quick charge feature, the battery can be charged up-to 80% in an hour. T6X will have on board navigation, storage, cloud Connectivity and TFT dash board. Presently, T6X is being thoroughly tested on all parameters before it hits the market.

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Daimler invests in the start-up Anagog

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Sabine Scheunert, Vice President of Digital and IT for Marketing & Sales Mercedes-Benz Cars announced the investment of Daimler AG in the start-up Anagog at the Mobile World Congress 2018.
  • Investment intensifies cooperation
  • Analysis and prediction of user behaviour with the aid of artificial intelligence
  • EQ Ready App already on the German market

Stuttgart/Tel Aviv – Daimler AG is intensifying its cooperation with the start-up Anagog Ltd. Daimler has participated in a financing round together with MizMaa Ventures, a venture capital company located in California. Based in Tel Aviv, Anagog has developed software which analyses user behavior directly in the mobile phone with the aid of the various on-handset sensors, and on the basis of artificial intelligence it predicts future movement scenarios.

Through this data analysis the mobile handset understands what the user is doing and the environment in which they are located. This means that various contextual services can be generated to improve the user experience. Anagog’s patented technology changes the rules of the game when it comes to using artificial intelligence on mobile phones and other wearables, without the aid of any backend servers.


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“We want to make the best digital services available not just to our customers, but to all mobile phone owners. We are improving every digital touchpoint in the mobility behaviour of our customers and thus increasing their independence”, says Sabine Scheunert, Vice President of Digital and IT for Marketing & Sales Mercedes-Benz Cars. “With the investment in Anagog we are a big step closer to achieving this goal. This step also fits with the strategic approach taken by Daimler AG in investing in appropriate start-ups and supporting them as they grow.”

A significant advantage of the Anagog development “JedAI SDK” (Software Development Kit) here is the high data and privacy protection which grants the users full control over their data, as no data transfer to a backend server is required.

Anagog was founded in 2010 and in 2017 it participated in the start-up programme ‘The Bridge’ supported by Mercedes-Benz. The first joint development has already been on the German market since September 2017 in the form of the EQ Ready App. This app helps motorists decide whether it makes sense for them personally to switch to an electric car or hybrid. The smartphone app can record real journeys made by the user and compare it with numerous parameters of electric and hybrid vehicles. This makes it possible to try out e-mobility in a virtual yet realistic way. The EQ Ready app also recommends which electric or hybrid car model from smart or Mercedes-Benz best matches the user’s individual needs.

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STARTUP AUTOBAHN at full speed, over 130 joint projects between startups and corporations!

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  • Record number of startups and pilot projects at STARTUP AUTOBAHN – the biggest innovation platform in Europe powered by Plug and Play Tech Center: over 130 pilots with 74 startups, 10 meetups with more than 3000 visitors; 30+ mentoring sessions; 700+ individual startup-corporate introductions achieved within only one year.
  • STARTUP AUTOBAHN’s post-accelerator model works and goes global – from Stuttgart expanded to China and Singapore.
  • STARTUP AUTOBAHN goes beyond the future of mobility and industry 4.0 and covers topics like supply chain & logistics, enterprise processes (HR/retail), vehicle tech (CASE), vehicle services (fintech/insurtech), energy and beyond.
  • The neutral open innovation model attracts more corporations: five more industry leading companies joined STARTUP AUTOBAHN to work on joint projects with tech startups and help them grow their business and shape the future of innovation.
  • Many success stories have been written by STARTUP AUTOBAHN alumni startups: Plug and Play Global gave away the ‘ Innovation Award for Exceptional Pilot Collaboration’.

Stuttgart. Within only one and a half years, STARTUP AUTOBAHN has not just become the largest innovation platform but also facilitated a record number of 130+ pilot projects between 74 startups from all over the world and 11 industry leaders of Germany. On February 26th, 2018 STARTUP AUTOBAHN exclusively showcased 33 startups from Program 3 and their results from 100 days working with Plug & Play, Daimler, Porsche, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, DXC Technology, BASF, ZF Friedrichshafen, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Webasto, Murata, HELLA, and BENTELER.

Record number of startups and pilot projects at the biggest innovation platform in Europe

STARTUP AUTOBAHN facilitated 64+ joint projects between record number of 33 young tech companies and 11 industry leading corporations in Program 3. In the third batch of STARTUP AUTOBAHN, 33 young tech companies with the combined strength of now 11 corporate partners, have been working on 64 joint projects and showcased their results on the Expo Day at the ARENA2036 technology laboratory. The focus of these joint projects included e-mobility, human-machine interface, supply chain & logistics as well related themes in the field of vehicle tech (CASE), vehicle services (fintech / insurtech), enterprise processes (HR/Retail), future of production and industry 4.0.

The following startups from the US, Canada, UK, Norway, Finland, Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland validated and piloted their technologies on a neutral platform, moderated by Plug & Play within a three-month program: Acerta, Actronika, Affectiva, Arctic Coating, AVA, Bleenco, blik, CarbonTT, CARTO, Celonis, Cirrantic, CollectiveCrunch, Cybus, FlexeGRAPH, GBatteries, HD Vision Systems, LexaTexer, NÜWIEL, PlugSurfing, Prewave, Quantitec, Smoope, Snips, Tactotek, ThingOS, Toposens, ZeroLight, WayRay, Contractus, Resin.io, High Mobility, FluentAI and ProcessGold.

Joint projects go to serial production –  STARTUP AUTOBAHN is the best way for startups to get in business

A total of 74 startups graduated from the innovation platform through all three programs so far and many success stories have been written: the pilot conducted by the British startup what3words and Daimler in the last program goes into serial production as of spring 2018 –  A-Class drivers will be able to enter precise destinations using 3-word addresses, by voice or text input. Also, with the launch of the new Cayenne, Porsche is offering its customers a new parking service called “Parken Plus” in association with Evopark – a startup who participated in the first batch. Plug and Play – as the moderator of the program not only facilitates these pilot projects, but as one of the most active VC firms, also invested in STARTUP AUTOBAHN Program startups and connects the startups to other strategic investors and VCs. Investments include companies such as AVA, GuardKnox, GBatteries, Acerta, Relimetrics. We are also truly honored by the success stories of our alumni companies: Argus (Program 1) got acquired by Continental for approximately USD $400 million; Innoviz (Program 2) raised USD $90 million, Otonomo (Program 1) USD $40 million, CarJump (Program 1) was acquired by Peugeot, Vayyar (Program 1) raised USD $79 million, and many more.

STARTUP AUTOBAHN brings EXPO Day to the next level

On February 26th, 2018, an international audience of 800+ attendees had the chance to gain deep insights into the newest innovative technologies and to network with executives from various corporations, venture capitalists, investors, startups, universities, government representatives, mentors and press. On this third STARTUP AUTOBAHN EXPO Day, the 33 startups of Program 3 exclusively showcased their results of working 100 days with 11 leading industry players, while they pitched their ideas and pilots in front of the audience. Keynote speakers at the EXPO Day included leading industry experts both from the corporate and startup world. Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche, Daniel Krauss, Founder and CIO at FlixBus, as well as Clare Jones what3words explained what it takes to become an external supplier to Daimler as a STARTUP AUTOBAHN startup alumni.

Plug and Play Global Innovation Award for Exceptional Pilot Collaboration and People’s Choice Award for the Best Pitch

Saeed Amidi, CEO and Founder of Plug and Play Tech Center announced Porsche, BASF, DXC Technology as the most innovative Corporations of all 200+ corporate partners of Plug and Play Tech Center worldwide for their exceptional four-party pilot collaboration with the startup Kreatize. Also, Daimler and the startup what3words received the Global Innovation Award from Plug and Play Tech Center’s CEO for the serial implementation of their joint project.

STARTUP AUTOBAHN – the largest European innovation platform’s post-accelerator model works and goes global – from Stuttgart expands to China and Singaporeae

Startup Autobahn continues at full speed and is about to onboard more startups with great technologies and ideas thriving to become the next unicorn. Keeping momentum, STARTUP AUTOBAHN has its foot on the throttle and Program 4 will start in March with new partners on board. With the combined strength of now 16 corporate partners, STARTUP AUTOBAHN offers the best startups worldwide an opportunity to validate their technology on a neutral platform, moderated by Plug & Play within a three-month program. The focus of Program 4 includes Smart Materials, 3D Printing, Shared Mobility Services, Future of Performance Driving, Robotics, Automation, Smart City, Supply Chain Automation, Last-Mile Logistics, as well related themes dictated by the corporate partners. STARTUP AUTOBAHN is looking forward to welcoming around 30+ startups in Program 4, who will be announced soon. Furthermore, to fill in the gap of a post-accelerator model in Asia/Pacific – STARTUP AUTOBAHN expanded to China and Singapore to unite smaller global tech startups with the unrivalled tech expertise of Silicon Valley and the best of German engineering.

Five more corporate partners joined the innovation platform to get  access to the latest technology trends and help startups thrive faster

STARTUP AUTOBAHN is honored to welcome Linde Group, Wieland Ventures, Jardines Matheson Holding, PostNL and AGC Glass Europe aboard to join Plug & Play, Daimler, University of Stuttgart, and ARENA2036, Hewlett Packard Enterprise/DXC Technology, BASF, Porsche, ZF Friedrichshafen Deutsche Post DHL Group, Webasto, Murata, BENTELER and HELLA to contribute as Ecosystem Partners to the innovation platform. STARTUP AUTOBAHN is open for further corporate partners as well. STARTUP AUTOBAHN believes in open doors, disruptive thinking, and the sharing of ideas, technology, and connections to help startups and corporates thrive faster.

About STARTUP AUTOBAHN:

STARTUP AUTOBAHN is a neutral innovation platform moderating an in-depth and curated collaboration between core partners from industry, Investment firms and mentors to help the growth of startup companies. STARTUP AUTOBAHN runs two three-month programs per year each followed by an EXPO Day. The program is stage-agnostic with a later-stage focus, designed to accelerate startups. STARTUP AUTOBAHN is providing all the support startups need to realize their vision faster: Space, tools, people, resources and access to a valuable network of corporations, investors, mentors, universities and government representatives. Plug & Play, the Silicon Valley accelerator and investor, is facilitating this joint project together with Plug and Play Germany GmbH, Daimler AG, ARENA2036, University of Stuttgart, Hewlett Packard Enterprise/DXC Technology, ZF Friedrichshafen, BASF, Porsche, Deutsche Post DHL Group, and Webasto. Along with the ecosystem partners like Murata, HELLA, as well as, BENTELER. Startups from all over the world are invited to submit their applications for the accelerator program on the future of mobility and Industry 4.0.

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Moovit Raises $50 Million Led by Intel Capital to Expand its Global Urban Mobility Operating System

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Moovit App Global Ltd. (“Moovit”), a leader in urban mobility and the developer of the world’s #1 transit app, announced that it has closed a $50 million Series D round led by Intel Capital. All Moovit’s earlier investors participated, including Sequoia, BMW iVentures, NGP, Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures, BRM, Gemini, Vaizra, Vintage, and newcomer Hanaco.

Moovit’s free app provides comprehensive transit information to more than 120 million users in more than 2,000 cities in 80 countries. The company has amassed the world’s largest repository of transit data and generates more than one billion movement data points a day. Moovit shaped its data into the Smart Transit Suite to help municipalities and transit operators better manage their networks.

Professor Amnon Shashua, Senior Vice President of Intel and CEO / CTO of Mobileye, will join Moovit’s Board of Directors as an observer.

Moovit Co-founder and CEO Nir Erez said the company will use the funds to continue its mission to be part of every urban mobility trip. This includes expanding its global sales team,enhancing its consumer products to support user growth, and investing in its Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platform.

“Moovit expects to surpass 1 billion users by 2021 and to expand significantly the number of cities that use Moovit’s data analytics to improve urban mobility,” Erez said. “We are especially thrilled about our plans to collaborate with Mobileye. It’s a synergistic relationship at an exciting time to be shaping the future of urban mobility.”

“With significant investments in automated driving, mobility management platforms and smart infrastructure, Intel is at the forefront of a fundamental transformation of urban mobility,” Shashua said. “We’re working with some of the most innovative transit companies,municipalities and transit authorities to build critical foundational technologies for this transformation.”

“Moovit is one of the world’s leaders in public transit data and analytics,” Shashua continued. “The combination of Mobileye’s and Moovit’s technology and data will be instrumental in making cities ready for autonomous vehicles.”

The infusion of capital brings to $133 million the total raised by Moovit.

About Moovit

Moovit is the world’s largest transit data and analytics company and the #1 transit app. Moovit simplifies your urban mobility all around the world, making getting around town via transit easier and more convenient. By combining information from public transit operators and authorities with live information from the user community, Moovit offers travelers a real-time picture, including the best route for the journey. Named Best Local App by Google in 2016 and one of Apple’s Best Apps of 2017, Moovit launched in 2012 and surpassed 120 million users in five years.

Moovit amasses one billion anonymous data points a day to add to the world’s largest repository of transit data. The data gathering is aided by Moovit’s network of more than 250,000 local editors called “Mooviters.” These passionate users help map and maintain local transit information in cities that would otherwise be unserved. Mooviters account for 65 percent of the hundreds of cities Moovit opens every year and make Moovit the Wikipedia of Transit.

Moovit is an early pioneer of Mobility as a Service (MaaS). The company helps people change the way they consume mobility by fully integrating other forms of transport, such as local bicycle services, into its app. In 2017 Moovit launched its Smart Transit Suite of products to help cities, governments and transit operators improve urban mobility in their cities.

Moovit is available for free on iOS, Android and the Web in more than 2,000 cities, across 80 countries, and can be used in 44 languages. More than 100 cities and global events, including Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics, have made Moovit their official transit app.

About Intel Capital

Intel Capital invests in innovative startups targeting artificial intelligence, autonomous driving,workload accelerators, 5G connectivity, merged reality and a wide range of other disruptive technologies. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested US $12.2 billion in 1,520 companies worldwide, and more than 650 portfolio companies have gone public or been acquired. Intel Capital curates thousands of business development introductions each year between its portfolio companies and the Global 2000.

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DENSO Leads Dellfer’s Initial Funding Round, Supporting Cybersecurity for Connected Vehicles

Seed investment will help Dellfer develop cybersecurity safeguards for connected and autonomous vehicles

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KARIYA (Japan) ―DENSO, one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers, has announced a significant investment in Dellfer, an IoT and automotive cybersecurity startup company based in San Francisco, California.  Dellfer is a young startup focusing on cybersecurity solutions against “zero day” attacks within connected networks such as deployed IoT devices, and in the future, connected vehicles.  Dellfer will use the proceeds from this funding to build out its development team and begin discussions with early adopter customers, including DENSO.

“As cars become smarter, more connected, and autonomous, advanced safeguards to secure and protect the technology within those vehicles will be a key area of focus for DENSO, and the auto industry as a whole,” said Tony Cannestra, Director of Corporate Ventures at DENSO. “DENSO will continue to strongly support technologies like Dellfer’s to ensure that a safe and secure mobility future is delivered to our customers.”

“This investment accelerates our mission for IoT device cyberspace protection against zero day attacks,” said Dellfer CEO James Blaisdell. “We look forward to a deep and fruitful partnership with DENSO to deliver advance safeguards for protecting vehicles.”

DENSO continues to evaluate technology investment opportunities for automotive solutions and innovative technologies with potentially significant implications for the future of transportation. The company focuses on advancing four core areas: connectivity, autonomous driving, shared mobility and electrification (CASE) technologies. DENSO opened a Silicon Valley office in 2011, and in 2014 created a dedicated Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) group to pursue early stage investment opportunities around the world with entrepreneurs and startup companies. The company also lends expertise and monetary support to two technology incubators – Prospect Silicon Valley and NextEnergy.

About DENSO Corporation

DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017, totaled US$40.4 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.0 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges.

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Research campus ARENA2036 – The event “Tomorrow” provides an outlook on mobility and production of the future

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  • For the ARENA2036 research campus, the University of Stuttgart supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has constructed one of the world’s largest, most modern and most flexible research facilities for production and mobility.
  • In the research areas production and work as well as mobility in the context of digitisation, new ideas are being created for the cutting-edge scientific and technological developments of the day after tomorrow.
  • At the event “Tomorrow” 800 prominent guests from the sciences, industry and politics will be able to experience the future at the ARENA2036 research campus.
  • Part of the show will be panel discussions with EU Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger, the Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Winfried Kretschmann, the Rector of the University of Stuttgart, Prof. Wolfram Ressel and the Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, as well as scientists and future researchers in the fields of mobility and production. 

Stuttgart. In the context of digitization in the automotive industry, the ARENA2036 research campus has become a lighthouse institution in the fields of production, work and the mobility of the future. ARENA2036 is the world’s largest and leading research campus for transformable production including functionally integrated lightweight construction. Approximately one year after moving into a state of the art building complex, and some five years after its formation, ARENA2036 will hold the two-day event “Tomorrow” on 22th of February 2018 to present the results and visions achieved to date: On invitation of Prof. Wolfram Ressel, Rector of the University of Stuttgart and Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain, politicians, representatives of the automotive industry and scientists will discuss the production and mobility of the future with experts from various disciplines. These include Günther H. Oettinger, EU Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, Winfried Kretschmann, Minister President of Baden-Württemberg, Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Dr. Michael Bolle, Head of Research and Advance Engineering at Robert Bosch GmbH, and Bernd Becker, Chief Technology Strategist of automotive supplier FARO. Afterwards, ARENA2036 will give an insight into the four research areas of Production2036, Work2036 and Mobility2036 as well as Digitisation2036 as a cross-sectional topic. On the second day, 23 February, the exhibition will be open to the public.

“ARENA2036 not only strengthens the Stuttgart region and Germany as an industrial cluster with its inter-disciplinary research, but also ensures an optimal technology transfer with its innovative and pioneering model of cooperation under one roof. It is good to see so many guests coming to our research factory at the University of Stuttgart to witness the results from the first five years of fascinating shared effort”, Prof. Wolfram Ressel commented on the event referring to the positive experiences and results of the first phase in these joint projects.

“With their innovations, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz have started a mobility revolution all over the world. In Baden-Württemberg, we have great opportunities for innovation with a unique cluster of cutting-edge technologies that is unique in the world: suppliers, technology companies and automobile manufacturers. Nowadays, with digitisation profound changes are happening extremely fast. The global automotive industry therefore needs strong and unconventional answers to the visionary questions of mobility and the future of work. One of them is ARENA2036,” explained Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain, and patron of ARENA2036.

Important meaning for Germany as a scientific and industrial location

At ARENA2036, 31 partners working under one roof on the Vaihingen campus of the University of Stuttgart, where they combine fundamental scientific research with industrial application. On some 10,000 sq. m. all partners are working on pre-competitive solutions, which they will eventually use in their own applications. The interplay between a wide range of disciplines and areas of expertise creates scope for innovative ideas. The event “Tomorrow” provides a unique insight into topics and projects of the partners.

“ARENA2036 shows in an exemplary way how a successful cooperation between university research institutions and the automotive industry can find innovative answers to the challenges of mobility of the future across industry boundaries,” said Minister President Winfried Kretschmann. “Politics can provide incentives for technological developments and promising networks. For this reason, for example, the state government has also initiated the strategic dialogue on the automotive industry in order to contribute its share to shaping the future of mobility.”

Dr. Georg Schütte, State Secretary at the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, acknowledges ARENA2036 as an outstanding example for close and long-term collaboration between science and industry: “With the Research Campus Initiative, we are promoting a new type of strategic cooperation between science and industry at selected locations in Germany. In Stuttgart, the ARENA2036 research factory redesigns and implements the entire value chain of the fully digitised vehicle. In this way, the future of mobility and production will be fundamentally re-imagined. We consider this a groundbreaking model and will expand it to other areas of research as well.”


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ARENA2036 research campus: fast-moving development during the first project phase

ARENA2036 is sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the programme “Research campus – public and private partnership for innovations”. The BMBF supports the research campus, which was chosen by an independent jury, with up to two million euros annually over a period of up to 15 years.

ARENA2036 was already founded in 2013 by the following seven founding members: the University of Stuttgart, the German Institute for Textile and Fibre Research in Denkendorf, the German Centre for Aerospace, the Fraunhofer Society, Daimler AG, BASF SE and Robert Bosch GmbH. Since then, the number of partners has increased to 31 – from suppliers and IT service providers to automobile manufacturers and research institutes. Under the roof of ARENA2036, science and industry work hand in hand and inspire each other. In line with the motto “Industry on Campus”, the partners of ARENA2036 “join.create.move.”.

The research portfolio has developed at breakneck speed since 2013. Around 90 research projects have been initiated during this first sponsoring phase. Experts employed by the partners are now researching in a highly modern working environment. The construction cost of around 30 million Euros for the research campus was equally financed by the University of Stuttgart and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) of the European Union. ARENA2036 will enter the second project phase this year. An initial outlook is given at the topic bays presented at the event.

Themed worlds – ARENA2036 researches into mobility, production, digitization and work

Peter Froeschle, General Manager of ARENA2036, finally took the guests into the future – illustrated by the four topic bays Production2036, Work2036 and Mobility2036 with Digitization2036 as cross-sectional topic. These are all interlinked, and have project-related interfaces. Within the individual research areas, interaction and the exchange of project results lead to new concepts, technologies and follow-up projects. The research and development for modern Industry 4.0 applications and intuitive technologies focusing on human beings also play an important role.

The research area Mobility2036 focusses on innovative, vehicle-related technologies – from the development of functionally integrated and intelligent components to future-oriented materials and connectivity for the customer. Vehicles of the future will be lighter in weight, consume less energy and consist of fewer components. Structures, functions and design will change. The focus is always on the needs of users. Current technology aspects such as connectivity, autonomous driving, sharing services and electric drive systems are the starting point for the future research activities of ARENA2036 in the area of Mobility2036. Fundamental research also provides a basis for the development of new mobility concepts.

Another research area of ARENA2036 is dedicated to fully digitise process chains and their simulation. All the stages are digitally represented, from component development and every production stage to the use of a vehicle by the customer. This means that data from each individual process step can be automatically transferred and used for improvements. In the future, intelligent components will therefore communicate with production machinery, employees and customers – so in the production environment of the day after tomorrow, all components, machines and employees will be connected. The aim is to predict impending challenges more rapidly, and to optimise the quality of processes and products. In this way digitisation and Big Data will become the drivers of innovation activities.

Communication between people and machines – with and amongst each other – is the subject matter of the research area Work2036. Artificial Intelligence will become the interface bringing two worlds together with different languages, and helps them to understand each other. Research into semantic inter-relationships will enable human knowledge to be linked to databases throughout the world. Particularly where information from other sectors is concerned, Artificial Intelligence will help people to select, transform and implement mobility and production research. Another research aspect of Work2036 covers the way in which we work together – more interactively, internationally and creatively.

The Production2036 area shows perspectives for future innovative production. The idea: The Industry 4.0 production comprises a modular structure with a wide range of workstations that are intelligently networked by sensors. Within the workstations, employees can flexibly combine different machines. In this way they can design their production environment themselves. They can arrange tools, robots and machines in accordance with their own needs and the continuously changing production program. In this way the workplace of the future will be more flexible and demand-related. Intelligent components will communicate with production machinery and employees, exchanging information within a virtual network.

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