“Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche told German weekly Welt am Sonntag that a recent trip to Silicon Valley revealed that Apple and Google have made more progress on automotive projects than he had assumed,” Edward Taylor reports for Reuters.

“‘Our impression was that these companies can do more and know more than we had previously assumed. At the same time they have more respect for our achievements than we thought,’ Zetsche told the paper,” Taylor reports.

“Zetsche and a handful of senior managers met with around 70 companies in Silicon Valley, the paper said, without naming them,” Taylor reports. “‘There were concrete talks. I will not say anything about the content. It was not just about the fact that there is an innovative spirit in the Valley. We know that already. We wanted to see what drives it, and all the things that can be created from it,’ Zetsche told the paper, explaining that they had also looked at start-up firms.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Even though it’s to be expected, it’s good to see much mutual respect between Apple and Daimler.

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]