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Peter Mertens, Ex Head Audi R&D by Alex Voigt June 2020

I found this from an article at German Automaker Paradigms | CleanTechnica
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Peter Mertens was Board Member of Audi, VW, Volvo and Jaguar to name just a few jobs.
He gives revealing insights in an interview with Auto Motor Sport a German Media Outlet. Insights why they decided for the battery format of the e-tron, why he would never have approved a Tesla cell format what he regrets and why the German Auto industry including himself made mistakes and will have a bloody awakening. He talks about autonomous driving software and chips, battery technology, vertical integration and many more. Mertens works now as Board Member for small startups in autonomous driving.

Time Stamps (Quotes) Extract and key elements:
3:00 "We didn't take the battery technology serious enough" 3.12 "The knowledge about the battery cell exists in Europe just rudimentary
7:37 "Battery electric vehicles are still a niche and Tesla is leading in that niche"
9:04 The pros and cons and risks of Tesla batteries
12:32 "We all did sleep" 14.46 Autonomous driving and why the A8 does not get the L3 Traffic jam Pilot
16:26 Autonomes driving chips and Energy consumption
22:14 About Software and Operating Systems
24:08 "If you can't fight them join them"
24:55 About customer facing services
25:58 About Platforms
27:10 About SW and data, "At the end wins who has the largest platform" 30:48 About the future of the German Auto Industry: "Its gonna be bloody"

Peter Mertens Auto Motor Sport full Interview in German https://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/p...
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