The German Car Industry Musters for a New Tech Battle

Having spent years—and tens of billions of dollars—preparing for a shift in production toward electric vehicles, German car makers are expressing a new angst: that digitally “connected cars” could prove even more disruptive to their traditional strengths. This second leg of their race against Tesla could become a fresh excuse to squander investors’ capital.

Daimler set two priorities for technological leadership in a new strategy for its

Mercedes-Benz


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brand this week: electric drive and car software. For the latter, the company is working on an entire operating system, MB.OS, that from 2024 will run not just Mercedes’s proprietary infotainment system and its mobile broadband connection but also crucial elements of the driving experience, including self-driving features and battery management.

The company will partner with technology specialists for specific applications, notably

Nvidia

for automated driving. Yet the closer the software gets to the customer experience, the more Daimler wants

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1st successful test launch of the German A4 rocket (AKA the V-2)



a large ship in a body of water with smoke coming out of it: The launch of a German V-2 rocket.


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The launch of a German V-2 rocket.

On Oct. 3, 1942, Germany did the first-ever successful test launch of a ballistic missile. 

This missile was officially named Aggregat 4 (A4) but more commonly known as the V-2. The V-2 was designed by the famous German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, and it proved to be a super deadly weapon during World War II. 

It launched from an island off the Baltic coast of Germany called Peenemünde and reached an altitude of 52.5 miles (84.5 kilometers) before safely landing right on target 118 miles (190 km) away.

Each year, the first week of October kicks off the United Nation’s World Space Week, which celebrates the world’s achievements in space since the dawn of the Space Age on Oct. 4, 1957 with the launch of Sputnik, the world’s first artificial satellite. Find out how to celebrate World

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While the German Smartphone Market Plunged 27% in Q2 due to COVID-19, Apple and Xiaomi bucked the Trend with Solid Growth

 

Germany smartphone sales saw a big fall of 27% in Q2 2020 compared to a year ago. Europe’s largest economy went into a nationwide lockdown in mid-March in an attempt to contain the COVID-19 outbreak. But this drastic measure ended up pushing the economy into a recession in the second quarter. The nation’s GDP decreased sharply to 10.1% while consumer spending shrank by 10.9%. Smartphone market tumbled due to closures of almost all physical shops and many consumers putting off their next smartphone purchase due to the prevailing economic uncertainty.

 

Apple saw growth with an increase in share to 23% from 16% a year ago. Apple’s growth in the second quarter was due to strong demand for the new iPhone SE 2020.

 

The affordable iPhone with new hardware caters to more price-conscious buyers amid a COVID-19-driven recession.

 

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As Huawei begins to lose ground in Germany, Xiaomi is taking up the

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German virus app transmitted 1.2M test results in 100 days

Updated

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