Journal of May 26, 2023
New Moia app, new Aston Martin DB12
VW is relying on Carad replacement for autonomous driving. The beginning of the end for a local software company? Aston Martin reveals the DB12 – without the V12. We compare a large car and a compact station wagon from Skoda (ams +).
VW and software – so far this has been more complicated than a passionate relationship. Not only the infotainment problems in the Golf and ID.3 show that the size of the Carad subsidiary (6,000 employees) is more than proportional to the size of the problems, and the autonomous driving of the Moia driving service is not much better. Among other things, VW relied on the startup Argo.AI, in which the Wolfsburg-based company and Ford invested a total of 5 billion dollars – then pulled the plug in autumn 2022. Money? It has been written extensively. Important innovation? So far it is not visible. The result: a painful and humiliating crash landing, including a major setback in autopilot. This is where Apex.AI should come into play. Moia enters into a deep partnership with a German-American software company, which works on automotive applications. Luca Leicht explains the new partnership here.
Do you know Iron Man? Probably since 2008 at the latest, when Paramount filmed a superhero comedy. In the leading role: Robert Downey Jr. In his own initiative, the American actor is now playing with a few car icons: In “Downey’s Dream Cars” he will convert some classic cars from his collection into hybrid and electric cars. For example Corvette C2. What else did Markus Schönfeld write?
Rumors have been swirling for three weeks: Ferrari wants Lewis Hamilton. Both sides deny it. It’s not that the idea isn’t clear: it doesn’t currently work for Ferrari or the world record champion. But is that enough to make such a merger more likely? Our Formula 1 expert Michael Schmidt gives his assessment here.