India Summer Days
Authentic India – in the center of Karlsruhe on 15 and 16 July 2017
On 15 and 16 July 2017, Karlsruhe will experience a piece of India under the motto “Baden-Württemberg meets Maharashtra”. India Summer Days will be taking place for the first time alongside the “Pre-Festival” in the middle of the Günther-Klotz-Anlage. Visitors will experience the great diversity of Indian culture and tradition in an authentic way. The focus will be on Maharashtra, Baden-Württemberg’s partner region in the heart of India, which has been linked to Karlsruhe for years, and over which the Prime Minister, Winfried Kretschmann, has assumed patronage.
It is a trip to “real India” – right in the middle of Karlsruhe. Visitors can expect true festivities – with concerts, shows, workshops, dance, music, films, yoga, information, colors, a bazaar, smells, and many awe-inspiring experiences.
Positive Growth: Domestic and Foreign Tourist visits during 2016
Market Research Division of Ministry of Tourism compiles data on domestic and foreign tourist visits to States/Union Territories (UTs) received from Departments of Tourism of various State Governments and UT Administrations.
Following are the salient features of the compilation for 2016 - Domestic Tourist Visits to States/ UTs
During 2016, the number of domestic tourist visits to the States/ UTs was 1613.55 million as compared to 1431.97 million in 2015 registering a growth of 12.68 % over 2015. The top ten States in terms of number of domestic tourist visits (in millions), during 2016, were Tamil Nadu (343.81), Uttar Pradesh (211.71), Andhra Pradesh (153.16), Madhya Pradesh(150.49), Karnataka (129.76), Maharashtra (116.52), Telangana (95.16), West Bengal (74.46), Gujarat(42.25) and Rajasthan (41.5). The contribution of top 10 States was about 84.21% to the total number of domestic tourist visits during 2016. Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have maintained the first, second and third rank respectively in terms of DTVs in 2016. Madhya Pradesh has gained the fourth position leaving Karnataka at fifth position. The top three States/UTs in terms of growth rates of domestic tourist visits (in %), during 2016, were Madhya Pradesh (93), Punjab (50.03), Andaman & Nicobar Island (29.62).
Porsche SE is taking over PTV Group
PTV prepares for further growth with a new strategic investor
The mobility market is on the move. Beginning of June 2017 Porsche Automobil Holding SE (Porsche SE) announced the acquisition of the market’s leading traffic and transport specialist, PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG (PTV Group), for a purchase price in excess of 300 million euro. More than 700 mobility experts work for PTV Group worldwide.
The company develops software and provides expertise for transport planning and logistics. The acquisition is part of a long-term investment strategy and Porsche SE sees considerable growth potential in the optimization of the flow of people and goods. And this is precisely where PTV's core competence lies.
PTV Group determined to continue on growth track
Vincent Kobesen, CEO of PTV Group, welcomes Porsche SE’ entry. "We have now found the right strategic investor for our company. This allows us to remain independent and helps us reach our ambitious goals for the upcoming years." PTV Group has seen a positive revenue development and attained double-digit growth rates in the past few years. The company generated 93 million euro in the past fiscal year 2015/16 (ends on 31 March).
The financial statements for 2016/17 will be presented very shortly. Kobesen adds: "For the first time in company history, we will cross the 100 million euro hurdle."
Innovation for the Future
Autonomous Driving: Permanent Environmental Recognition
Autonomous vehicles are important elements of new mobility systems. For these vehicles to act autonomously and safely in traffic, they must be able to exactly recognize their environment. Within the framework of the “OPTICAR” project, experts of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), FZI Research Center for Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, and MYESTRO Interactive GmbH have developed a research and test platform for stereo camera systems. The collaborative project is aimed at making these systems more precise and robust.
“Exact recognition of the traffic situation around a car is the prerequisite for the successful use of autonomous vehicles,” Matthias Pfriem, Manager of the “Karlsruhe Priority Region for Mobility Systems” cluster and scientist of KIT’s Institute of Vehicle System Technology, says. Apart from lidars, radars, and ultrasonic systems, also wide-angle stereo cameras can be used for an autonomous vehicle to recognize its own position and that of objects in its environment. This is required for the precise execution of driving maneuvers, such as overtaking or lane changes.