Porsche announces launch of an open innovation platform

Open doors for innovation: At the Slush conference in Helsinki, Porsche now announced the “Porsche NEXT OI Competition”.

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Slush, Helsinki : Together with the start-up High Mobility, the sports car manufacturer will launch an open competition for digital development in February 2018. Applications focusing on the vision of the future sports car are being sought. Developers can use app-mockups in a safe environment to build their own applications and, moreover, to present and test these applications virtually with the help of a car emulator. Infotainment, navigation, parking applications or chassis play a role in this. The competition is open to interested parties worldwide and is aimed particularly at freelance developers, start-ups, students – but also to internal developers at Porsche, who are invited to participate outside of the limits of their own area of responsibility. You can find further information as well as access to registration here: www.porsche-next-oi-competition.com.

Slush is a startup and tech event, organized annually in Helsinki, Finland. In 2016, Slush gathered 17,500 attendees, including 2,300 startups, 1,100 investors and 600 journalists, together representing 130 countries. The specific purpose of Slush is to arrange meetings between investors and startup founders: in 2017, there were 1327 registered investors and 2500 startups, which had scheduled ca. 7000 “matchmaking” meetings.

At the start-up conference Slush in Helsinki, Porsche is networking with talents and young companies. The goal is to exchange thoughts on innovative ideas and to give each other mutual inspiration. Amidst the transformation of the automobile industry, the central topics for the sports car manufacturer are electrification, digitalisation and connectivity. Porsche is pursuing the vision of remaining the most successful brand for exclusive and sporty mobility in the future. Hence, the company is exploring new horizons and seeking collaboration with start-ups that provide innovative business models and solutions. Thilo Koslowski, CEO of Porsche Digital, spoke about Porsche’s vision of the future and about how the sports car manufacturer plans to realise this vision in cooperation with innovative start-ups from all over the world.

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Thilo Koslowski, CEO Porsche Digital(r), start-up conference Slush

At Slush, Porsche is also showing a virtual reality model of the Mission E, the concept vehicle of Porsche’s first all-electric sport car. Together with the start-up ZeroLight, Porsche is enabling the Slush-attendees to virtually sit on the driver’s seat of the Mission E and to experience the vision of the digital cockpit live.

Series version will hit the road at the end of the decade

The first fully electric Porsche sports car will be introduced on the market at the end of the decade. The key data: the goal is system power of 600 hp, acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.5 seconds and a range of over 500 kilometers. In terms of charging time, it should take approximately 15 minutes to recharge 80 per cent of the battery’s maximum range.

Source: Porsche Newsroom

Clutcheal: A Pune based startup working to address the trust issues in bike service sector

Clutcheal is an On Demand Service solution based company which offers online two wheeler servicing at customer’s doorstep. The idea is to eradicate all kinds of hassles when it comes to automobile servicing. Hassles being customer’s dissatisfaction includes: Installation of deceptive parts, questionable charges, theft of original parts, false promises, misleading suggestions, delay in delivery timings and many more.

Genuine, Transparent, Better and Timely two wheeler servicing has become the prominent need of the hour. In today’s fast pace and rapid moving environment, where people do not have sufficient time to get things done, Clutcheal is bringing transformative change in servicing marketplace as bike repairing has become integral necessity of the generations. Revolutionizing the automotive industry, Clutcheal simplifies all your vehicle worries by bringing new solutions at a single online platform. They provide vehicle checkup, bike servicing, proper maintenance and breakdown assistance.

Clutcheal says that their core pillars/principle are Trust, Transparency & Time. And their motto is to maximize customer’s trust and minimize customer’s pains.

 


Nowadays it became a common practice at almost all the bike & car service centers to cheat on the customer. Many service center insiders admitted to me about the cheating that happens at the service centers.

I have seen a person who used to have a Royal Enfield, he befriended with the service center executive and swapped the faulty parts of his bike with properly working parts from other’s bikes at the service center. By the time the owner of the other bike realizes that the parts of his bike were swapped with faulty parts from another bike it’s already late.

Once it happened to me, I got a first generation Honda Activa which I gave for service at Castrol Bike Zone, the service adviser told me that there are many parts that need be replaced and I asked him to replace the necessary parts. He gave an estimate of around five thousand rupees and said that this is the ballpark figure and actual cost of service may vary. I said okay but was shocked to see the final bill to be around ten thousand rupees, the service center manager said that after opening the engine they realized that there were many parts that need to be replaced and so they replaced them. I asked him if the parts were really replaced or not, he assured me by showing to me some old replaced parts.He also assured to me that if I get any issues I can come back at anytime and get them solved. I was skeptic about the service but upon the manager’s assurance paid the bill and left the service center.

Within few weeks the Activa started showing up its issues. So I went to Castrol Bike Zone and to my dismay,  found that the service center was wound up. Then I took the Activa to the neighborhood mechanic and asked him to check what is the problem. Then after proper examination came another shocker, the parts were not replaced with new ones! But it’s already too late, I don’t want trace down the service center manager and all the other persons involved in this and loose time & money  anymore.

There were numerous other cases of cheating that I have seen or came across. The list is endless.

Even the authorized service centers are no exception. Cheating became a norm. A trusty is service is a tough ask & rare find.

Let’s hope Clutcheal addresses all the Trust and Transparency issues successfully

With ZYNC, parking your car is easy

Zync makes it easy to find, reserve and pay for nearby parking from people who rent out their unused residential parking spots. You’ll experience on-demand parking like never before with Zync.

Find and rent a space by the hour, day or long term from someone near you. Think Uber or Airbnb for parking in high traffic areas!

For spot owners, it’s a breeze to set your own rate and make extra cash while your parking spot is unused.

Watch the explainer video below: 

Automotive Startups: Accelerator program for startups working on future of mobility

Daimler partnered with Plug n Play Tech Center of Silicon Valley, Stuttgart University and ARENA2036 to establish Startup Autobahn at Stuttgart with aim to support both the hardware and software startups of Auto industry. What is this STARTUP AUTOBAHN? Let’s have a look at the video below ⇓

Daimler is establishing STARTUP AUTOBAHN, the new startup ecosystem in Stuttgart. “In contrast to Silicon Valley with its software focus, with STARTUP AUTOBAHN both software and, above all, hardware-oriented projects are to be in the foreground. We are warmly welcoming international as well as local startups”, says Thomas Weber, Member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG and responsible for Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development. “Whether it’s the USA, China, India or Germany – for a long time now we have been focusing the strengths of various world regions with our global research and development network. But our roots are and remain here in the strong industrial region of Baden-Württemberg. Therefore this region must retain and continue to strengthen its huge appeal for innovation and inventive spirit in future, too.” To this end further local firms and medium-sized businesses will be able to join the STARTUP AUTOBAHN project in the future.

“We are charting new territory and will continue to further our innovative culture through the additional impulses from the startup scene. The fast and uncomplicated cooperation with top talents from the startup scene will open up a further way for us to use the chances digitization offers”, says Wilfried Porth, Member of the Board of Management, Personnel Director, IT & Mercedes-Benz Vans at Daimler AG.

STARTUP AUTOBAHN – full speed ahead in Stuttgart

Stuttgart is one of the world’s leading automotive and high-tech regions and thus offers the ideal prerequisites for startups”, says Saeed Amidi, CEO of Plug and Play Tech Center. “Together with our strong partners Daimler, the University of Stuttgart and ARENA2036, startups, local companies and venture capitalists have optimum opportunities to find each other here at STARTUP AUTOBAHN.” Through the cooperation with Plug and Play, STARTUP AUTOBAHN is highly networked with the German startup community in places all over the world, such as Silicon Valley and Berlin.

Startups from all over the globe are invited to apply with immediate effect for the STARTUP AUTOBAHN accelerator scheme. Following the application phase around 25 startups will be invited to the Selection Day on 14 July 2016. The winners will be accepted onto the accelerator scheme, in which they will be prepared for the Expo-Day for three to six months within the framework of special coaching and with support from mentors. As part of the STARTUP AUTOBAHN’s accelerator scheme, the CoWorking Space and Hardware Lab will be at the startups’ disposal in the ARENA2036 research factory. At the Expo-Day the pioneers might get the chance of their life: this is where they will be pitching to investors, in order to be able to develop their ideas.

Hardware Lab for innovations without borders

The Hardware Lab in ARENA2036 is a large high-tech workshop (approx. 1500 m2), containing equipment such as tools, machines, 3D printers and software for building prototypes and small series production. In addition to this, the aim is to accelerate the development process with supporting services such as legal and tax advice, professional help with financial planning and project management. Straightforward networking with partners from business, research and politics, plus contact with investors, potential customers and mentors will also be among the services offered to the startups.

About Plug and Play Tech Center

The Plug and Play Tech Center has over 20 locations in Silicon Valley, Germany, Spain, Singapore, China and Brazil, making it one of the biggest and most experienced accelerator operators. Having looked after more than 2000 startups since it was founded ten years ago, Plug and Play has grown with a technical focus and venture capitals to become the world’s largest global accelerator. Plug and Play organizes over 365 events all over the world every year in order to network startups and investors and operates also as an investor.

About ARENA2036

The highly technologised ARENA2036 with its area of 10,000 m2 as a research campus is a new form of cooperation in which renowned partners from science and industry research innovative subject areas related to automotive production of the future under the same roof as the startups. A unique high-tech centre is being created in the heart of the economic region of Baden-Württemberg. The name “ARENA2036” stands for “Active Research Environment for the Next Generation of Automobiles”. By the year 2036, the 150th anniversary of the car, the stated aims are to be implemented at the ARENA2036 research campus, thus paving the way for the automotive engineering of the future.

Daimler at a glance

Daimler AG is one of the world’s most successful automotive companies. With its Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler Trucks, Mercedes-Benz Vans, Daimler Buses, and Daimler Financial Services divisions, the Group is one of the leading global suppliers of premium cars and is the world’s largest manufacturer of commercial vehicles. Daimler Financial Services offers financing, leasing, fleet management, insurance, investments and credit cards as well as innovative mobility services.

The company founders, Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz, made history by inventing the automobile in 1886. As a pioneer of automotive engineering, Daimler continues to shape the future of mobility today by focusing on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior vehicles that captivate and inspire. Daimler consistently invests in the development of alternative drive trains – from hybrid cars to full electric vehicles with battery and fuel cell – to enable zero-emission driving for the long term. Moreover, the company is actively promoting accident-free driving and intelligent networking all the way through to driverless cars. This is just one example of how Daimler willingly accepts the challenge of meeting its responsibility towards society and the environment.

Daimler sells its vehicles and services in nearly all the countries of the world and has production facilities in Europe, North andSouth America, Asia and Africa.

In addition to Mercedes-Benz, the world’s most valuable premium automotive brand, and Mercedes-AMG and Mercedes-Maybach, Daimler’s current brand portfolio includes smart, Frieghtliner, Western Star, BharatBenz, Fuso, Setra and Thomas Built Buses, as well as the Daimler Financial services brands Mercedes-Benz Bank, Mercedes-Benz Financial, Daimler Truck Financial, moovel and car2go. The company is listed on the Frankfurt and Stuttgart stock exchanges (ticker symbol DAI). In 2014, the group had 279,972 employees and sold over 2.5 million vehicles. Revenue totalled €129.9 billion and EBIT amounted to €10.8 billion.

source : media.daimler.com

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