The supercomputer-like performance in each car is said to rival Tesla and the Chinese newcomers. Also: The Instagram co-founders’ news app is open to all and Tesla establishes engineering headquarters in California.
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Mercedes-Benz enter into a long-term cooperation with Google a. The Stuttgart car manufacturer will integrate in the future Google Maps into its vehicles, but uses its own design. The Alphabet subsidiary’s cards are considered to be the best. The cooperation includes geospatial data, real-time displays, predictive traffic information, automatic route replanning and information on businesses and places worldwide. The video app Youtube will be part of the Mercedes infotainment system in the future. It was not disclosed how much Mercedes paid for the licensing of the services. However, it could be in the mid double-digit million range per year.
Mercedes emphasized that it was the first automotive group to use the Google Maps platform to integrate the maps into its own operating system and use them for navigation. “We are the architects of our own operating system. It’s our house, we make the rules, we make the decisions,” said Mercedes boss Ola Källenius. It was also announced that the Stuttgart-based company was exchanging a partner for its driver assistance systems. Mercedes no longer wants the laser sensors (lidars) from the French company Valeo relate, but from shine. According to the US company, the deal has potential sales of several billion dollars. [Mehr bei Bloomberg, Handelsblatt, Techcrunch und Reuters]
On the founding scene: The entrepreneur and investor Marcus Diekmann has the family business Rose Bikes headed, sits on the advisory board of the football club Borussia Dortmund and by Baby One. In an interview with our editor Nina Anika Klotz, he talks about his career and what he has learned over the years in top management. “I’m a dictator,” he says about his leadership behavior: Everyone discusses, but he decides. [Mehr bei Gründerszene+]
And here are the other headlines of the night:
The new AI-controlled news app Instagram-Founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger is now open to the public. Artifact is intended to combine articles, facts and artificial intelligence and offer users a personalized newsfeed. Last month, the creators of Instagram debuted their latest project. Effective immediately, Artifact is also removing its waiting lists and the requirement that users have a US phone number. [Mehr bei Techcrunch]
Elon Musk has a new global Tesla-Engineering headquarters announced in Palo Alto, California. Less than two years ago, the Tesla CEO had relocated the electric car manufacturer’s corporate headquarters from California to Austin, Texas. In one on Twitter posted In the video, Musk, standing next to California Gov. Gavin Newsom, said that Tesla was the former headquarters of Hewlett-Packard in Palo Alto to house the new headquarters. [Mehr bei Techcrunch und The Information]
When presenting the quarterly figures, the chip group Nvidia slightly exceeded analysts’ expectations. The US group expects sales of 6.5 billion US dollars in the current quarter. Year-on-year, fourth-quarter revenue fell 21 percent to $6.05 billion. Revenue for the full year stagnated at $27 billion. Analysts had expected even weaker numbers. Nvidia shares rose more than 8 percent in after-hours trading. [Mehr bei Bloomberg, CNBC, Handelsblatt und Wall Street Journal]
Acquisition: Amazon has the US primary care provider Medical One bought for $3.5 billion. The FTC had previously decided not to contest the deal. The acquisition of Medical One, which sells subscriptions that give customers access to a network of physical doctor’s offices and digital health services, marks Amazon’s largest commitment to healthcare to date. Amazon didn’t announce plans to integrate One Medical with its other healthcare businesses, which include the telehealth service Amazon Clinic and the online pharmacies Pillpack and Amazon Pharmacy belong. [Mehr bei CNBC, The Information und Wall Street Journal]
The chip company Intel is cutting its dividend and has announced further savings. The quarterly dividend will be cut to 12.5 cents per share from 36.5 cents previously. Intel CEO Patrick Gelsinger also announced “temporary wage and salary cuts” without giving any further details. Further savings could follow: “We have withdrawn from seven business areas and are still examining other business areas.” It is currently still unclear whether the investment in a new chip factory in Magdeburg could be affected. [Mehr bei CNBC, Handelsblatt und Wall Street Journal]
Our reading tip on Gründerszene: Ryzon-Founder Mario Konrad introduced the 32-hour week a year ago. Today he knows that he should have prepared better. [Mehr bei Gründerszene+]
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