Audi recently demonstrated a car that can park itself without the need for a driver. But while the technology already exists to make autonomous cars a reality, it will be a long time before our vehicles will take over the driving.
The German View
From SAP and Software AG to startups, a look at the new developments in the largest economy of Western Europe from an insider's perspective.
From the day he brought home a modem and dialed in to a local BBS in 1991, Michael has been obsessed with technology and how it enables collaboration. He has a master's degree in journalism from UC Berkeley, and has worked in and around the technology start-up scenes in San Francisco and Berlin.
Data protection authorities in one German state have threatened the fine if Facebook does not allow Germans to use the site without providing their real names.
Support for the use of a government-created Trojan to intercept the VoIP communications of suspected criminals appears to be on the wane - but it's far from dead.
The Austrian student group Europe-v-Facebook wants to go to court to force Facebook to do more to protect the data privacy of its users. To finance the legal battle, the group is turning to crowdfunding.
Daimler is known for its cars, but the company also wants to be known for its good work environment. Starting in 2013, employees can opt-in to have all email that arrives during their holiday deleted.
Prosecutors in Hamburg have decided not to press charges against Google over the collection of Wi-Fi data by its Street View cars.
Germany's federal IT security agency regularly releases guidelines aimed at helping users keep their PCs safe. To show what happens when good security policies are ignored, the federal agency let two differently configured systems be attacked and documented the results.
Germany’s highest court today ruled that parents are not responsible if their children illegally download music - provided that they did everything reasonable to make sure their kids knew what they were doing wrong.
As the German giant continues to dominate Europe's software industry, the country is breeding the next generation of IT start-ups - with graduates in their late thirties leading the charge.
Mobile operator O2 Germany went public today - earning its Spanish parent Telefonica around €1.45bn and marking one of the biggest stock market floats in years for the country.
German telecoms giant Deutsche Telekom wants to build the biggest datacentre in Germany.
Google, Microsoft and other companies have come together to help Germans to blur pictures of their properties in mapping services like Google Street View.
Prosecutors in Hamburg will decide in the next two weeks whether to press charges against Google over the collection of payload data by its Street View cars.
Germany's Oktoberfest, the most well-known festival centred around Bavarian beer, food and music, came to a close on Sunday. Official statistics show fewer visitors than the year before, but those who visited the festival drank nearly as much - and used more than double the bandwidth compared to last year.
Google has just opened new premises in the German capital - its third office in the country - which will play home to the search giant's marketing, sales and lobbying efforts.
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- 2 4G in Europe: How far, how fast and how much is LTE in Germany?
- 3 File-sharing in Germany: Could the cost of getting caught be about to come down?
- 4 Worried about your email security? In Germany, safe messaging is on the rise
- 5 Telefonica Deutschland closes €8.6bn acquisition of E-Plus