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Artificial Intelligence goes Automotive. We are developing the first digital co-driver to create a more safe and human mobility experience for everyone. Are you curious to learn more about our project, what it means and how it could look?

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Holger G. Weiss (CEO)
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Holger G. Weiss - founder & CEO German Autolabs

Holger G. Weiss is founder and CEO of German Autolabs. He has over 15 years of experience managing and building technology-driven companies with innovative business models in the Future Mobility sector. He has extensive experience and expertise in the field of connected mobility. He played a vital role in the navigation software startup gate5 in Berlin, from its genesis up to its acquisition by Nokia in 2006. Gate5 was the forerunner for HERE - a map and content provider recently bought by three German car makers at a price of close to three billion Euros.

Before founding German Autolabs, Holger G. Weiss was managing director and CEO of Aupeo. Under his leadership, this music streaming startup developed into one of the leading providers of internet-based audio content for the Automotive Industry. In 2013 Aupeo was acquired by Panasonic Automotive Systems of North America. 

Holger G. Weiss is a board member at various technology companies and also a Venture Partner at Target Partners - one of the leading tech VC firms in Europe. Besides his business activities he is also an enthusiastic mentor and business angel for young aspiring founders.


Patrick Weissert - founder & CPO German Autolabs

Patrick Weissert is founder and Chief Product Officer (CPO) of German Autolabs. He has over 15 years of experience developing digital consumer products. Before founding German Autolabs he was Consumer Director of the hugely successful map and navigation provider HERE. In this position, he was in charge of the worldwide digital consumer business with over 25 million users per month. Patrick Weissert was responsible for the whole product life cycle - from product development to distribution, partnering and monetization as well as the growth and revenue targets for this business sector. At HERE he led a 100-strong team of developers, product managers and designers plus marketing, partnering, and monetization experts.

Prior to working at HERE, Patrick Weissert held various managerial positions at Vodafone in the fields of global product development and business strategy. Most recently he functioned as VP Marketing & COO of Wayfinder Systems (Vodafone location service). In his position, he was in charge of the operational management of the subsidiary and was also responsible for product development and management. Over the course of his career Patrick Weissert has founded two startups and is a mentor of Startup Bootcamp.
Q: What is the big picture?

A: The automotive old guard, disruptive brands like Tesla or Google with their self-driving car project - they are all working on self-driving cars which will become reality. But it will take years, maybe decades that everybody will watch netflix while the car is driving autonomously. Right now 70 percent of drivers out on the streets engage in smartphone activities while driving, says AT&T. German Autolabs is developing a sophisticated AI technology that is built around the needs of drivers. With our easy-to-install solution we turn every car - independent of its age or manufacturer - into a connected car and make driving safer.

Q: What is the problem German Autolabs is solving?

A: Using smartphones in the car is dangerous, illegal and not fit for purpose. We solve the problem by developing an IoT product - our digital co-driver - that is equipped with a highly intelligent speech and gesture recognition to connect drivers to their smartphones while it is safely stored away and loading. So hands stay on the steering-wheel and eyes stay on the road.

Q: Was it a personal problem you had?

A: It all started with a daily commute in a 5 years old car: the daily routine to get to the job is a pain, not so much because of the traffic but mostly because you waste a lot of time driving alone. Why is it not possible to keep contact through Whatsapp, Messenger or SMS while driving? Checking emails, making calls, listening to streaming music or navigating with Google Maps barely works if you leave your fingers of the phone. Most of us don´t, even if it's inconvenient, dangerous and against the law.
Katharina Zegers

Katharina Zegers
PR Manager Europe
E-Mail: press@germanautolabs.com
Mobile: +49 163 716 72 52

Kate Pietrelli

Kate Pietrelli
PR Manager United States
E-Mail: press.us@germanautolabs.com
Mobile: +1 760 518 26 33

Press Release

AI FOR EVERY CAR: DIGITAL CO-DRIVER DEVICE “CHRIS” NOW AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER ON KICKSTARTER

Drivers can access their digital life safely and seamlessly on the road through this sleek, interactive AI-device powered by hands-free speech and gesture recognition technology

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Berlin, March 28th 2017 - Millions of drivers want to stay connected to their digital life on the road, but using smartphones and handheld devices has made this largely unsafe and has increased distracted driving-related accidents* – until now. German Autolabs, a technology startup developing IoT (internet-of-things) solutions to make driving more pleasant, convenient  and human, announced Chris - the world’s first digital co-driver with Artificial Intelligence (AI).

As the “Alexa for Automotive”, Chris is an elegantly designed device that will integrate with any car on the road - no matter the age and model. Chris offers entertainment, connectivity, and navigation capabilities for drivers that is more convenient and proactive than other market offerings. Starting today, audiences globally can pre-order Chris at the early bird rate of $170 USD on Kickstarter until May 2. Shipment and retail availability are planned for December 2017.

“While automotive manufacturers like Tesla, Lexus, Audi and BMW pursue building connected vehicles over the next several years, consumer demand for AI-enabled technology is rapidly on the rise today. Drivers and passengers can have this AI-powered technology at their disposal now, and with a low barrier to entry both in installation and cost. Chris works in every car, regardless of the age or model.””
Holger Weiss, CEO of German Autolabs

For the initial market offering later this year, drivers can simply attach Chris to their windshield or dashboard and connect it with their smartphone via Bluetooth, both iOS and Android available. The AI-powered device will enable drivers to send and reply messages or emails, listen to streamed music (through apps like Spotify, Apple Music and Google Play), get the latest traffic updates and navigation instructions, and make and receive phone calls using highly intelligent speech and gesture recognition technology on a glanceable full-color screen display.

Additionally, unlike other emerging voice assistants such as Siri, Cortana, Google Assistant or Alexa, Chris is specifically designed for drivers. It will offer a more human-centric user experience that proactively communicates with the driver. Chris is powered by advanced AI and NLP (Natural Language Processing) technologies that make you feel like you’re driving with a human navigator, delivering information to you when you need it most.

"Chris is an intelligent hands free device designed from the ground up to be operated safely in the car. Through the combination of voice, hand gestures and the display, it is easy to use and reliably does what you want it to do. Chris makes your drive smarter and safer by keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.”
Patrick Weissert, Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder German Autolabs

Chris will retail later this year for €299 EUR / $299 USD, and Kickstarter backers can access limited time pricing and offers through several tiers including:
Super Early Bird: €159 EUR, approx. $170 USD (250 available)
Early Bird €179 EUR, approx. $190 USD (500 available)
Standard €199 EUR, approx. $215 USD (unlimited)

For more information, visit the Chris profile on Kickstarter https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/germanautolabs/chris-your-digital-co-driver-with-artificial-intel
Watch the Kickstarter launch trailer: https://youtu.be/xKNF5aET9z0
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Visit the Chris website: https://www.hellochris.ai

*Dscout study: 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted driving in 2014.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE GOES AUTOMOTIVE: GERMAN AUTOLABS SECURES SEED FUNDING TO DEVELOP FIRST DIGITAL CO-DRIVER

- Target Partners and business angels invest 2 million euros
- AI to make in-car Smartphone use safer
- IoT product transforms every car into a connected car
- To be developed and manufactured in Germany

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Berlin/München, 02.11.2016 – German Autolabs, a Berlin-based startup, is developing a digital co-driver for a safer, more entertaining driving experience in the era of messaging and apps. Thanks to a sophisticated AI solution built around the needs of drivers, the product makes smartphone services accessible through speech and gestures; drivers won’t even need to touch their phones. Founders Holger G. Weiss (former CEO of Aupeo) and Patrick Weissert (former Director Consumer at HERE) secured funding of 2 million euros from German technology investor Target Partners and various business angels.

“Self-driving cars are gradually becoming a reality. But until we’re able to lean back and let our cars do all the work, we’ve got to empower drivers to use digital technology without the danger of being distracted. In 2012 more than 430,000 crashes in the US were caused by distracted driving according to AAA Foundation’s Traffic Safety Culture Index. Only an intelligent software solution equipped with state-of-the-art speech recognition technology will allow drivers to benefit from apps and content, turning each car into a connected car. We are delighted to team up with a tech VC as experienced as Target Partners - this will enable us to accelerate product development and market launch.”
Holger Weiss, CEO of German Autolabs

“German Autolabs wants to bring digital life to any driver and any car. This is a huge market - with over 500 million cars in North America and Europe alone. Holger Weiss is one of the most experienced entrepreneurs in the field of connected mobility, while Patrick Weissert is a thought leader in developing digital consumer products. We are happy to support this first-rate founder duo as investors.”
Berthold von Freyberg, Partner at Target Partners

DIGITAL CO-DRIVER TURNS EVERY CAR INTO A CONNECTED CAR
Whether it’s at the traffic light, in slow-moving traffic or even while driving: reaching for your smartphone to check your messages quickly or replying to an email is part of the daily experience of many drivers. German Autolabs is working on a solution that allows drivers to use apps and services intuitively—in any car, independent of its age or manufacturer. The digital co-driver takes care of any task it is told to do, communicating with the driver when needed. This allows drivers to keep their hands where they are most needed: at the wheel. The two founders have put together an interdisciplinary team of experienced developers, UX/UI designers, product managers and product designers to connect human models of interaction with AI. This will bring the digital world into cars with no loss of safety.

“Intelligent, semantic speech recognition is the key that will make our cars part of our digital lives. Thanks to Amazon’s Alexa, Ok Google, and Siri we are used to operating digital services through speech. Our product is a digital co-driver that—like GPS navigation ten years ago—will soon be indispensable to any driver.”
Patrick Weissert, Chief Product Officer at German Autolabs

The digital co-driver will be developed and manufactured in Germany. Launch for consumers is projected for 2017.

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