For Richard Vetter (30) and Gregor Wendt (30) of “Carl und Carla”, there’s no need to move. As a Dresden-based company, they had the home-field advantage from day one. Nevertheless, moving the company offices to the Incubator was something of a quantum leap for the firm. “Although we’d already had the idea of corporate car-sharing, it was only here that we were able to implement it and move forward effectively,” emphasizes Richard. Gregor adds: “Contact with the Volkswagen commercial vehicle department has been particularly helpful for us. Even after our time in the Incubator, we will have a follow-on project.” Carl und Carla makes it possible to rent commercial vehicles while they are already being rented. Times in which the vehicle would currently sit unused can therefore be put to more effective use. As the control unit used to coordinate the car-hire customers has to be retrofitted on existing vehicles, it would make sense to integrate it from the outset in new vehicles. “Together with the commercial vehicles unit of Volkswagen, we are implementing that now,” says Gregor.
Volkswagen also wants to pick up the idea from Geospin. “We’ve looked into when start-stop automation in vehicles makes sense and when it doesn’t. The background is that until now, it has also kicked in at places like roundabouts, where it is not necessary,” explains founder Sebastian Wagner (30). As part of the Incubator program, he contacted the Data:Lab in Munich and was granted access to data from a fleet of 200 vehicles in Germany and abroad. “Through the collaboration with Volkswagen engineers, we succeeded in evaluating the data and improving the automated start-stop function,” says Sebastian with pride.