On November 8, 2000, DaimlerChrysler opened its Innovation Symposium in Sindelfingen near Stuttgart with visions of accident-free driving, real productivity increases, firm ideas regarding its own Internet portals and the world premiere of a completely new vehicle drive system. The company thus underscored the high value it places on technological innovation for helping it achieve continued business success, sharing its ideas with more than 200 journalists, analysts and investors from 24 countries.