Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America (MBRDNA) will be opening the doors to their sixth R&D lab this fall. In the heart of downtown Seattle, software experts will focus on cloud computing to expand and enhance connected car functionality in Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
The new digital hub is planning on expanding to 150 people. Headed by Mike Dosenbach, who has worked for more than 10 years in Seattle with a broad experience and network to the software industry. “We believe Seattle is the right spot to attract the best cloud talent for us,” said Mr. Dosenbach. “As the first OEM with a lab for Cloud Development in Seattle, we commit to this area and see the new office as a long-term investment.”
Mercedes-Benz’ global network of Research and Development facilities is kept continuously up-to-date. These 25 locations in 11 countries are vital in mastering Mercedes-Benz’ challenges of the future, to anticipate and recognize customers’ demands, and to act flexibly and quickly.
MBRDNA is headquartered in Silicon Valley since 1995, with key areas of Autonomous Driving, Advanced Interaction Design, Digital User Experience, Machine Learning, Costumer Research, and their Lab1886 Incubator.
In Redford, Michigan, the focus is on powertrain and eDrive technology as well as in Long Beach, where the E-Mobility Group helps to shape the future of the North American market for hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric vehicles.
The Testing and Regulatory Affairs Division in Ann Arbor and the Advanced Vehicle Design in Carlsbad complete the competence center. Together, all 500 developers, technicians, engineers and designers take on the challenges of creating “the next generation” of intelligent vehicles.
“Mercedes-Benz is constantly striving for best products and customer experiences worldwide,” said Sajjad Khan, Head of Digital Vehicle & Mobility at Daimler. “That means also delivering connected and intelligent solutions which are based on state-of-the-art technology – that, and the respective experts, is what we’ll find here in Seattle.”