"I was one of the last people to get a mobile phone. My friends had more than 500 Friends on Facebook before I'd even clicked on the button to register. The new smart TV stood in the hall unpacked for an entire two weeks after my beloved old television set had breathed its last breath. No, I couldn't be mistaken for staying ahead of the crowd, or being an early bird, so to speak. I'm all for the simple life. And of all people, it's me who's presenting "Volkswagen Move Forward" in Geneva, the new talk format which addresses the issues of future mobility and digital services in our everyday life! I'm not joking ... and it was all your idea!
Before anybody starts to doubt Volkswagen's decision-making ability, I did actually specialise in the area of future mobility. Why? This is where the bird comes into it. Anyone who paid attention in biology will remember the story of Darwin. The theory of evolution. Birds, who grew different kinds of beaks so that they could inhabit all of the niches in a tree. My niche is called curiosity. I'm convinced that we're all part of a big digital and mobility evolution – whether we're aficionados of old television sets or not. The world changes at a breath-taking pace. I've been at the centre stage of this development for over a week now at the Geneva Motor Show. Electric cars, drones, bicycles, mobile services in the car, virtual worlds. Darwin would immediately pull out his pen and a piece of paper. Or a smartphone app.