VW CEO Diess explores Tel Aviv mobility scene
VW AG’s new CEO Herbert Diess visited Israel last week as part of an economic mission. He met with the country’s prime minister to discuss a possible cooperation on innovative mobility services.
Moreover, Diess took a dive into Israel’s technology and start-up scene. With over 1,000 start-ups, Tel Aviv is one of the world’s largest and most agile innovation centers. VW recently opened its Konnect Campus in Tel Aviv in order to make better use of this potential. Konnect enables start-ups and local partners to engage in a direct exchange with Volkswagen Group, whereas the latter can keep a close eye on developments in connectivity, autonomous driving, smart navigation, cyber security, e-mobility and big data.
Volkswagen holds a 20 percent stake in a partnership with the Israeli ride hailing company Gett. Diess discussed the development of future robotaxis with Gett CEO Dave Waiser during his visit. He also met with CEO and CTO Amnon Shashua from Mobileye to discuss and test self-driving cars. VW reckons the innovative strength and capabilities of Israel’s technology scene offers interesting possibilities.
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