Franz Rother, Chief Editor, Edison
Peter Fuß, Senior Advisory Partner Automotive, EY

Jens Monsees, Vice President Strategy Digitalization, BMW Group
Werner Preuschoff, Director Project Management Electrics/Electronics, Daimler AG

Tobias Wagner, CEO, ChargeX
Beres Seelbach, CEO, ONO Motion
Dr. Christoph Gebele, Co-Founder, Geospin GmbH
Ingo Dietterle, CEO, Hybrid Lidar Systems AG
Fabien Compère, CEO, Zouzoucar
Lyubov Artemenko, Co-Founder, COO, Go To-U

New address systems, sustainable solutions for the last mile, vehicle-specific cyber security systems … start-ups are definitely enhancing the automotive industry with their concepts for the future of mobility. At the Handelsblatt Auto Summit 2018 in Wolfsburg, six automotive start-ups presented their innovations.

ChargeX from Munich is developing a novel charging infrastructure for the private and semi-public sector. Extra charging points can be added to its modular system, which offers intelligent charging control, via plug-andplay. The heart of the idea is a load management system that significantly reduces both installation costs, and costs per charging point.

Today, mobility is more comprehensive and complex than ever before. Fuelled by same-day deliveries, the exponential growth in distribution traffic in particular is causing huge infrastructure and environmental problems in cities. ONO develops and supports alternative solutions that benefit all parts of society – from its self-developed e-Cargo bikes through city hubs to sharing concepts. ONO believes that when innovative and sustainable mobility concepts restore the inclusive, networked, eco-friendly and lively side of cities, the quality of life increases.

The start-up Hybrid Lidar Systems hails from Bad Salzdetfurth in Lower Saxony, Germany. It’s developing a new generation of LiDAR systems, based on years of research. The new Lissa 3D LiDAR sensor features patented hybrid technology (ToF + PV), and aims to make autonomous driving safer and suitable for mass production. LiDAR technology is a core pillar of autonomous driving.

The French start-up Zouzoucar is developing an app to optimize and simplify children‘s ride pooling by ‘bundling’ trips to the school, sports club or children‘s birthday party. Children are driven by people they know and trust, creating a safe transport solution for the next generation. By avoiding unnecessary trips by parents, Zouzoucar aims to relieve the environment, save money and above all, save time.

Geospin is a spin-off of the Smart City research group at the University of Freiburg. It evaluates user data and explains customer behaviour in relation to geographic data. Aided by techniques such as Deep Learning and Predictive Analytics, Geospin can forecast the optimal locations for various business ideas. In Dresden, for example, it wants to use navigation and movement profiles to identify optimal locations for charging stations or car sharing.

The Ukrainian start-up Go To-U is planning to evolve its innovative booking system for EV charging stations in Dresden. Via the booking platform, Go To-U connects EV drivers with hotels, restaurants or cafes that offer charging points for their vehicle. Via the platform, drivers can book a charging point at a convenient time, plus a table in the restaurant or a hotel room. They can also use it to pay charging fees.

Auto Summit participants used the Event App to vote for their favourite start-up pitch in real time. The winner was ChargeX.

Automotive Summit 2018 – Executive Summary

In early December 2018, over 600 automotive experts from all over the world – including manufacturers and suppliers, tech and energy companies, politicians and associations – attended the auto industry summit in Wolfsburg, Germany. From 3 – 5 December, the industry’s big hitters discussed strategies, concepts and technologies for tomorrow’s automobiles and the future course of their industry.

We’ve compiled the highlights from the Handelsblatt Auto Summit 2018 in an interactive follow-up report.