Engineers are eager to create vehicles that can drive by themselves. Advanced technology already helps with parking but carmakers have bigger dreams. They're sharing some of their ideas at this week's auto show in Frankfurt.
Two years of leaks about emissions cheating and pollution fears have damaged Germany's standing as the world leader in car production. But analysts think the scandal could have surprising positives for the industry.
German car makers "gambled away" public trust by manipulating emissions values in their diesel cars, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a Dortmund campaign speech. She added that honesty is part of the economy.
Cooperation talks between the German car giant and the Indian market leader about joint development of a car for emerging markets have ended 'amicably' because the pair couldn't achieve planned cost savings.
All participants at Berlin’s "Diesel Summit" agreed that a ban on diesel is to be avoided. Reclaiming trust, however, would be an important step, says DW's Dagmar Engel.
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