“The trucks of the future will be connected and will become even more efficient than today’s models. Our commercial vehicle industry is working intensively on connected and automated driving. This way we can make marked improvements in fuel efficiency, road safety and also profitability, particularly in road freight traffic,” said Matthias Wissmann, President of the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), at the association’s Commercial Vehicle Symposium 2015 in Berlin.
Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, chairman of the VDA’s Board Group Commercial Vehicles and a member of the Board of Management at Daimler AG, stressed, “We want to take new paths – to protect the environment without endangering jobs. To shape the Internet of Things, in which commercial vehicles and logistics play a key role.” The commercial vehicle sector is an important industry branch in Germany – around 180,000 people are directly employed at the truck, bus, trailer and body manufacturers and their suppliers. As a partner of the German Association of the Automotive Industry the executive search consultants of our automotive practice were invited to join the symposium.