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Mercedes-Benz is a German automobile manufacturer, a multinational division of the German manufacturer Daimler AG. The brand is used for luxury automobiles, buses, coaches, and trucks. The headquarters of Mercedes-Benz is in Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg, Germany.The name first appeared in 1926 under Daimler-Benz but traces its origins to Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft's 1901 Mercedes and to Karl Benz's 1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, which is widely regarded as the first gasoline powered automobile. Mercedes-Benz's slogan is "Das Beste oder nichts" . Mercedes-Benz is part of the "German Big 3" luxury automakers, along with Audi and BMW, which are the best selling luxury automakers in the world. Wikipedia.


Karaali D.,Mercedes Benz | Gumussoy C.A.,Technical University of Istanbul | Calisir F.,Technical University of Istanbul
Computers in Human Behavior | Year: 2011

This study aims to identify, using an extended Technology-Acceptance Model (TAM), the factors affecting the decision of using a web-based learning system among blue-collar workers in the automotive industry. A structural equation-modeling approach was applied to identify the variables that significantly affect the decision of using the system. Using LISREL 8.54, data collected from 546 blue-collar workers were used to test the proposed research model. Empirical testing of the extended TAM found all paths to be significant in the hypothesized directions, that is, the results of the study strongly support the application of extended TAM in predicting the blue-collar workers' intention to use a web-based learning system. Among the factors, social influence is a much stronger predictor of user intention compared to others. The study concludes with the implications of this study for managers and recommendations for possible future research. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source


News Article | July 1, 2016
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A partnership has been forged between BMW, Intel and Mobileye for the development of self-driving car technology that will be used for BMW's iNext autonomous electric vehicle, set for a 2021 release. The group will be looking to create what they hope will become the industry standard for safe self-driving technology, with the platform of the partnership to be an open one. That means other companies would be able to use the technology in the development of their own driverless cars. In a press release, Intel said that the goal of the partnership is to be able to develop systems in which drivers will not only be able to safely take their hands off the car's steering wheel, but also take their eyes off the road and their minds off of driving. As such, travel time within self-driving cars can be converted into leisure or work time. The final stage of the technology would allow self-driving cars to move without drivers inside, allowing for the potential of fleets of driverless vehicles by 2021 for automated ride-sharing services. Intel, while holding the status as the biggest chipmaker in the world due to its overwhelming presence in the market for computer processors, still lags behind other firms, including Infineon Technologies and NXP Semiconductors, in supplying chips to the automotive industry. The project would require Intel to commit hundreds of its employees, along with hundreds of million of dollars. Meanwhile, Mobileye, a company based in Jerusalem, has been the early leading supplier for the components, including cameras and software, that allow vehicles to map out their surroundings. General Motors and Tesla Motors are two other clients that have used the firm's products. The partnership between these two companies is integral to BMW's plans for its iNext self-driving vehicle, especially as consumers are now basing their purchases not on the horsepower that vehicles provide but rather on the technology that they contain. If other manufacturers eventually use the platform being developed by BMW, despite being a competitor in the automobile industry, it could propel significant innovations in self-driving car technology and its future on the road. The news comes just as reports broke out regarding the first-ever fatality caused by a self-driving car, with Tesla Motors revealing that a car crash while a Tesla Model S was on Autopilot mode killed the driver. With a 2021 release date for the iNext, though, the question remains as to whether the electric vehicle would already be too late. Competitors such as Tesla Motors, Mercedes Benz and Audi are looking to make significant progress in their electric car offerings years before the planned release of BMW's product. © 2016 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


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In 2014, the "brains" for an autonomous car that could drive in a straight line was celebrated by Curtin University Associate Professor Ba Tuong Vo and his team. This week Prof A/Vo announced they had successfully improved their car's control and estimation algorithms, which directs the vehicle's software and essentially makes an autonomous car a reality. The algorithms were created through a joint project between Curtin, Daimler (the research arm of Mercedes Benz) and Germany's Ulm University. These algorithms are necessary for performing unassisted lane changes and brings the collaboration once step closer to their goal of helping to produce a low cost self-driving car. "Driving the car in a straight line entails putting it on a straight course and telling it to stop if anything bad happens," Prof Vo says. "But getting the car to drive normally is much more complicated because the vehicle has to know when and where to go, what to stop for and if there is something bad happening to slam on the brakes." Prof Vo says the latest development is the most exciting development because giving the car the ability to change lanes is the most complex part of making the car truly autonomous. But Professor of Sustainability at Curtin University, Peter Newman says although autonomous car technology is quickly advancing, people should keep thoughts of a driverless car future in perspective. He says the possibility of self-driving cars coexisting with conventional cars is problematic. Prof Newman's skepticism was given oxygen in February after Google's self-driving pod crashed in the United States, leaving a "pronounced shadow" on the company's self-driving car program. Meanwhile, the WA Government recently announced a French-made shuttle bus similar to Google's self-driving pod is set to be trialed on Perth roads, in the near future. "The technology has the potential to be used in providing bus and train capacity increases, but where you've got wall to wall robot controlled cars taking over cities is horrific," Prof Newman says. "The problem with cities is they've got too many cars in them already and by adding more cars it doesn't help reduce our automobile dependence, which is already causing congestion and is not economically sensible." Explore further: CEO: Nissan will be ready with autonomous driving by 2020


News Article | February 11, 2016
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Tesla is preparing to unveil the $35,000 Model 3 on March 31, as the company announced on its fourth quarter 2015 earnings call. Production and delivery of the Tesla Model 3 is slated to begin in late 2017. Tech Times previously reported that the Model 3 was all geared up for a launch in March 2016 , according to a statement released in November by Elon Musk. The company had also revealed back in May 2015 that it planned to introduce the much-anticipated Model 3 in March this year, but some were expecting a delay. With the latest announcement, however, it seems like Tesla's original plan to launch the vehicle in March will push through after all. Musk even sent out a number of tweets and in one of them, he mentioned dates such as March 31 and April 1 for those who want to make their reservations for the Model 3. Musk also promised to unveil more details on Model 3 in the coming weeks. The Tesla Model 3 is expected to be significantly lighter than the Model S. In line with its upcoming launch, the company plans to invest in equipment that would provide support to its cell production at its Gigafactory. Here, the company plans to start installing the Model 3's production machinery. Tesla also plans to open 80 more retail and service locations while it expands its Supercharger locations to around 300 more. At the earnings call, Tesla revealed how its Model S became the sole vehicle in its class to have enjoyed growing sales last year. The same impressive performance was seen in the competitors' home location and in other locations where the government has no purchase incentives for electric vehicles. "Model S is winning," said Tesla. "For example, in Switzerland, Model S outsold the Mercedes Benz S-Class, the BMW 7-Series, the Porsche Panamera and the Audi A-8 combined for the full year, and also outsold the Mercedes Benz E-Class." Tesla also announced plans to deliver 80,000 to 90,000 Model S and Model X vehicles this year and added that its average vehicle transaction price is expected to slightly increase in the same year. "Q1 operating expenses should increase just slightly from Q4 as we sharpen our focus on expense management," said Tesla. "Then as development work continues on Model 3 and as we expand to support growth, operating expenses should increase throughout 2016, so that for the full year total operating expenses should increase by about 20 percent."


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« GM outlines short-term electrification roadmap for China | Main | Report: Hyundai to introduce new fuel-cell vehicle in 2018 at half the price of Tucson Fuel Cell » In a new report for clients, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) forecasts that there will be 29 GWh of used EV batteries coming out of cars in 2025. This far exceeds the size of the current stationary storage market. Of this, almost a third will get a second life as stationary storage (10GWh), bringing the cumulative total to 26 GWh. Senior BNEF analyst Claire Curry notes that today, a new stationary storage system can cost up to $1000/kWh. In contrast, repurposing used EV batteries could cost as little as $49/kWh in 2018, with an additional $400/kWh cost to convert to stationary. The auto industry is divided on the issue. While Tesla won’t be involved in second life, BMW, Nissan and Mercedes Benz have second-life stationary storage projects in place.

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