Germany named “Innovation Champion”
Germany was one of 24 countries honored for its innovative strength at the CES technology fair. Digital Minister Wessing calls for more self-confidence. Germany was honored as one of the global “Innovation Champions” at the CES technology fair. In addition to Germany, 23 other countries obtained the highest ranking in the ranking of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), organizer of CES. The study measured 40 indicators across 17 categories, including broadband access, education system, environmental quality, business policy and cybersecurity.
Digital Minister wishing more Optimism
Transport and Digital Minister Volker Wessing (FDP) said on Thursday at CES that people in Germany should be optimistic about technical developments and digital progress and not talk about things lightly.
We Germans tend to look for problems while others are already stepping forward and inspiring the world with the opportunities that come with it.
Several innovations presented by American companies at CES came from Germany. “This includes components of John Deere’s agricultural technology, which are developed at the European Development Center in Kaiserslautern.”
At CES 2023, John Deere unveiled a new type of sensor and robot-assisted system for spreading fertilizer and its new electric drill.
Wessing honors German Automakers at CES
Wessing emphasized that even if it sometimes seems that Germany barely plays a role in international competition, US companies like John Deere have long discovered Germany as a digital outpost, the digital minister said in Las Vegas. Otherwise, they would not invest extensively in Germany.
The FDP politician said that Germany often faces the problem of not being able to perceive achievements strongly enough and not being able to communicate them properly. “But there are also counterexamples: the innovative power of the German car industry was showcased here at CES in exemplary fashion.”
At the start of CES, the Munich automaker BMW, among other things, delighted fair visitors with a futuristic concept vehicle that could change color at the touch of a button.
Estonia, Switzerland and Finland are at the top
In the CTA ranking, Germany gets the best scores in the areas of environment, education system, freedom, investments in research and development, successful startups (unicorns) and autonomous driving.
When it comes to broadband expansion and issues like diversity, entrepreneurship and the real estate market, Germany is in the middle. CTA experts handed out poor ratings in the areas of the tax system and driving services.
At the top of the CTA ranking are Estonia, Switzerland and Finland, followed by the US, Singapore, Great Britain, Sweden, Australia, the Netherlands and Luxembourg. Germany ranked 16th overall, beating France, South Korea, Japan and China.