Takeshi Uchiyamada, Thomas Webber, Pawan Goenka.
“When you talk of Google and Apple, they are coming from a different industry. I think their development speed is very high. They use information technology–I would consider them as a threat.”
Toyota Chairman Takeshi Uchiyamada says that Google’s and Apple’s strength lies in processing big data, used to drive a car. He added that traditional carmakers should also work on technologies needed to autonomous vehicles and cooperate with the IT companies to keep roads accident free.
“Of course, and soon. We are working on an intelligent concept for a very attractive electric car with a range of 400 to 500 km.”
That is the translation of Thomas Weber’s straight forward answer, when the head of development at Daimler was asked whether the manufacturer was working on a ‘Tesla-fighter.’
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“Right now it is on electric vehicles as electric vehicles are a viable business. A lot more interests are coming from consumers and the government.”
Pawan Goenka, Executive Director of Mahindra & Mahindra, wants to focus on all-electric cars. He says the company is already testing vehicles other than its e20 and that the Verito will arrive soon in some markets.