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VDA says Germany can be market leaders in connected car industry

Matthias Wissmann, President of the Verband der Automobiliindustrie (VDA) in Germany has said that the country is catching up in the area of connected cars and that the VDA hopes, in coming years, that the industry will assume a leading position globally. Wissman was speaking on behalf of the VDA at the annual carIT Congress in Hanover.

However, Wissman also warned that the industry’s leadership role can only be assured if it is as committed to connectivity as it has been to developing conventional automotive technologies over the last century or so.

“Whoever leads in the Champions League, cannot afford to sleep even for a second,” Wissmann said. “Otherwise, the title is gone,” he continued.

The VDA President, who represents German automakers and suppliers, said that increasing urbanization will pose new challenges for the industry and city authorities that may only be addressed through connectivity.

“Are we going to be stuck in traffic or will we come to terms with these huge traffic issues.?”

The annual carIT Congress is hosted by the automotiveIT Group. This year’s event took place during the Hanover IAA, the world’s largest commercial-vehicle fair.

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