Daimler

  • Freightliner Cascadia semi truck

    German automaker Daimler revealed the new Freightliner Cascadia at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show on Monday and also announced a major new investment into self-driving technology. Daimler said it has earmarked $570 million for investment in self-driving semi trucks int he coming years. The goal is to realize a Level 4 autonomous semi truck that will drive itself on set routes without the expectation for any driver intervention. The automaker said it will skip research into a Level 3 system because that technology does not provide great enough benefits. The investment will create 200 new...

  • Dieter Zetsche, Daimler CEO farewell message 2018
    Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche thanks workers, interviews for new position in farewell video

    Long-time Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche will step down at the end of this year and hand the top leadership role to current sales chief Ola Källenius in 2019, but he's already on the hunt for a new job. Well, not really. But Zetsche gave his departure a characteristically comedic twist in a...

  • Daimler and BMW Group merge mobility divisions
    Daimler and BMW win approval to merge mobility divisions

    Daimler and BMW Group are preparing for a future where car ownership, especially in major cities, could become a thing of the past. The two German auto giants in March announced plans to merge their various mobility services into a 50:50 joint-venture company headquartered in Berlin, and on...

  • Daimler future electrified vehicles
    Daimler to spend $22.75B on batteries through 2030

    German automaker Daimler has put its money where its mouth is with its promise of a fully electrified future: the company announced Tuesday that it will purchase $22.75 billion worth of batteries through 2030. The automaker has plans to not only go all-in on electrification for the Mercedes-Benz...

  • Mercedes-Benz self-driving Cooperation Car
    Daimler concept shows how self-driving cars could communicate with pedestrians

    It will require years of research and technology implementation before self-driving cars are a common sight. Until then, some automakers aren't only working on the tech itself, but also developing ways for self-driving cars to communicate with pedestrians. Mercedes-Benz parent Daimler showed off...

  • Mercedes-Benz eSprinter electric delivery van in Germany
    Elon Musk open to working with Daimler on electric van

    Only last month, Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche revealed in an interview with Polish newspaper Rzeczpospolita that the company's 2014 divestiture of a stake in Tesla didn't exclude the possibility of a future cooperation between the two firms. Tesla CEO Elon Musk has since given similar comments...

  • Mercedes-Benz eCitaro in Hamburg, Germany

    Mercedes-Benz's first electric bus is now ready to hit the streets in the city of Hamburg, Germany. Parent company Daimler announced Thursday the first of 20 Mercedes eCitaro buses was handed over to Hochbahn, a public transport company in the city. The eCitaro made its debut in September and features a total battery capacity of 243 kilowatt-hours that powers two electric motors. The bus can carry a payload of about seven tons, or roughly 88 passengers at once, and achieve an electric range of 155 miles in ideal driving conditions. Most of the time, Daimler said the bus will easily achieve 93...

  • Daimler and Bosch self-driving car prototype
    Daimler and Bosch self-driving cars will offer rides in Silicon Valley in 2019

    Daimler and Bosch, two giants of the auto industry, have been jointly developing a self-driving system which they will be ready to trial in the second half of 2019. The first of the trials will be run in the heart of Silicon Valley, specifically between downtown and west San José along the...

  • 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC
    Daimler open to another collaboration with Tesla

    At one point, Daimler owned 10 percent of Tesla. That was back in 2009 when the German auto giant acquired stock in Tesla in an effort to collaborate and develop electric car technology. However, as it started to become clear that electric cars were popular with some buyers, Daimler in 2014 decided...

  • Mercedes-Benz shuttle service in China
    Daimler joins forces with Geely to offer Chinese ride-hail service using Mercedes, Maybach cars

    German auto giant Daimler and its Chinese shareholder Zhejiang Geely Holding Group have joined forces to take on the booming ride-hailing market in China, which is currently dominated by Didi Chuxing. The two automakers on Wednesday announced they will form a 50:50 joint venture to offer various...

  • Dieter Zetsche during Mercedes-Benz Generation EQ concept launch at the 2016 Paris auto show
    Dieter Zetsche to pass Daimler leadership role to Ola Källenius in 2019

    A high-level executive shuffle is underway at German auto giant Daimler, parent of the Mercedes-Benz and Smart brands. Daimler confirmed Wednesday that longtime CEO Dieter Zetsche will pass the reins to current sales chief Ola Källenius in 2019. Källenius will also be responsible for the...

  • Daimler and the BMW Group merge mobility businesses
    BMW and Daimler's joint mobility business will be based in Berlin

    Daimler and BMW Group announced in March that the two rivals would join forces and combine their various mobility services under one equally owned joint venture. The two German auto giants have since confirmed that the mobility joint venture will be headquartered in Berlin. The company, which...

  • Self-driving cars

    Bosch and Daimler, two of Germany's biggest automotive firms, announced Wednesday that they have selected Nvidia's Drive Pegasus artificial intelligence computer chip and supporting software to power their future self-driving systems. The computer chip can handle over 320 trillion operations per second and a terabyte of data bandwidth each and every second, which is enough for fully self-driving systems, i.e. Level 5 capability. We're talking a lot of data. Just one video sensor, such as Bosch’s stereo video camera, generates 100 gigabytes of data in just 0.6 miles of travel. The chip...

  • 2019 Infiniti QX50, first drive
    Report: Infiniti and Mercedes-Benz no longer working on joint compact car project

    In 2010, Renault-Nissan and Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler agreed to a share-trading partnership that was rumored to birth a new luxury-compact car. Eight years later, a new report claims that vehicle is dead. Following a report from the daily business publication Nikkan Kogyo claiming the...

  • Mercedes-Benz C220d
    Daimler recalls 774,000 diesel vehicles in Europe because of illegal emissions control devices

    Daimler, the parent company of Mercedes-Benz, has been ordered to recall some 774,000 vehicles in Europe after German transportation officials allegedly found up to five illegal emissions control devices on a handful of cars. According to Bloomberg, the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag reported...

  • Freightliner eCascadia electric semi-truck
    Daimler has 2 new electric trucks to counter the Tesla Semi

    Daimler has aggressively moved to carve its niche in the electric commercial vehicle space, and the German auto giant has two new offerings for the North American market. Introduced under the Freightliner brand, the eCascadia and eM2 trucks mark Daimler's expansion into the electric heavy- and...

  • This is the Volocopter vision of the future
    Volocopter needs improved infrastructure to see its autonomous drones take off

    The promise of flying cars has been replaced with the vision of autonomous drones. Neither one is a reality at the moment, but Volocopter is determined to make the latter come to fruition. With the backing of Daimler, it at least has the resources available to work out a way to bring such a concept...

  • 2019 Volvo XC40 First Drive
    Could Volvo get its engines from Daimler?

    Mercedes-Benz parent company Daimler supplying engines to Volvo could be just one area of cooperation following the February deal that saw Li Shufu, the owner of Volvo parent company Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, buy a 9.7 percent in Daimler in a deal worth $9 billion. The information was reported...

  • Daimler and the BMW Group merge mobility businesses

    Daimler and the BMW Group on Wednesday announced they are joining forces in mobility services, the most popular of which today are ride-hailing and car-sharing services. The two automakers have signed an agreement to establish a joint-venture entity that will roll their various mobility services, such as Daimler's Car2Go and the BMW Group's DriveNow, into the one business, potentially making the services more attractive to investors. The joint-venture company will also oversee all future mobility services to be developed, like a self-driving taxi service. The goal is to enable Daimler and the...

  • Daimler-Thomas electric Jouley school bus
    The electric school bus of the future has arrived

    If Daimler has its way, the wheels on the bus will go round and round via electric motors and battery packs in the very near future. Last Friday, Daimler subsidiary Thomas Built Buses revealed the all-electric Saf-T-Liner C2 "Jouley" school bus. The nickname "Jouley" comes from the word "Joule,"...

  • E-Fuso Vision One concept
    E-Fuso Vision One heavy-duty electric truck concept with 217-mile range debuts in Tokyo

    Daimler’s Japanese truck brand Fuso used this week’s 2017 Tokyo Motor Show to present a heavy-duty electric truck. Called the E-Fuso Vision One, the truck’s debut also marked the launch of E-Fuso, Fuso’s new sub-brand for electric trucks and buses. The E-Fuso Vision One...

  • 2017 Fuso eCanter
    Daimler beats Tesla to electric truck production with Fuso eCanter

    Tesla may have pushed back the reveal of its electric semi-trailer truck to October, but German auto giant Daimler is moving full-speed ahead with its own electric truck plans. This week Daimler, which owns the Mercedes-Benz and Smart car brands as well as the Freightliner and Western Star truck...

  • E-Volo 2X multicoptor
    Daimler invests in Volocopter flying car company

    It seems Daimler wants a piece of the flying car market as it has sunk a $30 million investment into the German start-up Volocoptor. Volocoptor's ultimate goal is to develop a battery-electric flying taxi that could revolutionize transport. The goal is far from being realized, but Daimler, the...

  • Freightliner Inspiration Truck self-driving truck concept
    Daimler’s Futuristic Self-Driving Truck Hits U.S. Roads: Video

    The future is coming up fast, with technologies that were once the domain of science fiction now being developed for commercial sale. Just last week Tesla Motors [NSDQ:TSLA] CEO Elon Musk announced new battery technology that has the potential to disrupt the energy industry, and now Daimler has...

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