It has always been difficult to assess the long-term significance of inventions. When Nikolaus August Otto invented the four-stroke engine in 1862, many people failed to realise that this milestone was about to change the world.
There is hardly another technical innovation that has changed our lives in the past few years so subtly yet rapidly as the smartphone. The fact that it has almost fully replaced our landline seems to just be a side issue.
Additive manufacturing (3D printing).
How the "EDAG Genesis" turned the automobile world upside down.
Everyone is talking about "3D printing". Ever since consumer printers for € 1,000 began to flood the market, the extent of the new potential of additive manufacturing technology has been absolutely clear. Additive manufacturing is already in use in the aerospace industry and medical technology. But so far, almost exclusively for prototypes in the automotive industry.more
Pedestrian protection doesn't only happen on the road.
When pedestrian protection standards go beyond legal provisions.
Sporty design is trendy! Young, dynamic and expressive – values that you often find in modern-day vehicles from premium manufacturers. They shape a design language that can be found everywhere in vehicles: a flat design and low front. What sounds exceedingly positive at first proves not to be an advantage in all aspects when you take a closer look.more
Putting ideas into practice - worldwide.
Global enthusiasm for a joint theme.
Say what you like about globalisation, one thing is certain: it helps the world to cross economic and cultural boundaries and move closer together. This is not necessarily due only to the rapid evolution of the Internet, but also to mobility: because the reputation of a good auto brand applies worldwide. In Asia, America or Europe, people everywhere want to feel the same kind of enthusiasm for a new car. Enthusiasm for the automobile is something that we all share - it connects us, no matter where we live.more
Sunlight in the tank.
How agile development methods help to overcome fears concerning the range of electric cars.
Solar cells on roofs have become a common sight. The sunlight absorbed is converted into electrical power, and is thus able to supply an entire house with electricity. The advantages of this form of renewable energy are obvious – no annoying price fluctuations imposed by electricity suppliers, lower CO2 emissions and the sun is an inexhaustible resource. So why not also use the marvelous power of this heat and light emitting heavenly body for our cars?more