Digitization has the automotive industry under control. The current semiconductor crisis makes that clear. Long delivery times and stripped-down option lists are frustrating when buying a car. Blind spot alarms, LTE modules for map updates and even touchscreens have been removed from some modern vehicles for the time being. Thanks to the lack of chips and strategic misjudgments in the manufacturers’ orders. The new cars of 2021 and 2022 will not have it easy in the future as used cars with equipment savings. Therefore, it is not only important to look into the future, as AUTO BILD and COMPUTER BILD do every year at the Connected Car Award.
Manufacturers, suppliers and politicians must contribute to making the latest technologies available. Bosch wants to build semiconductors in Saxony in the future. That’s a start, after all. But the comprehensive digital network expansion, especially for 5G, is crucial for safety-relevant assistants – and for progress: autonomous driving will become a reality in this decade. We are pleased to present you the technological trendsetters of this year and at the same time hope that this positive development will not stand in the way of any further obstacles. The theory is terrific, but there is still room for improvement in practice.
Congratulations on the new car!
The BMW iX3 raffled off among all participants goes to Carina Kempf from Leidersbach. We congratulate! The iX3 is the electric brother of the X3. A 286 HP (210 kW) electric motor provides propulsion. The 80 kWh battery enables a range of up to 461 kilometers according to WLTP. You can see the winners of the Connected Car Awards 2021 in the picture gallery!