• Mercedes-Benz opens its first digital delivery hub in Lisbon.

    Digital Delivery Hub in Lisbon.

    Mercedes-Benz opens its first digital delivery hub in Lisbon and becomes one of the main sponsors of the Web Summit, the world’s most important tech conference.

Digital delivery hub in Lisbon.

Digital transformation concerns all companies: new services and expanded business models are developing at a hitherto unseen speed. This presents new challenges, particularly for the automotive industry, and thus also for Mercedes-Benz. In future, simply building the best cars will no longer be enough. That is why Mercedes-Benz is now opening its first global digital delivery hub in Lisbon. The Portuguese capital is increasingly establishing itself as the new “place to be” for the digital world: it is precisely here that Mercedes-Benz wishes to drive its future digital transformation from premium automobile manufacturer to premium mobility service provider.

Lisbon is the new “place to be” for the digital world: It is precisely here that Mercedes-Benz wishes to drive its future digital transformation to a premium mobility service provider.
Mercedes-Benz is now seeking digital experts for its location in Lisbon in the areas of software development.

Digital talent wanted.

The inauguration of the first digital delivery hub is a cause of great delight at the new location: during the inaugural celebration and press conference, many Portuguese government representatives will warmly welcome Mercedes-Benz’s digital delivery hub. In keeping with its CASE strategy that focuses on the four future fields Autonomous, Connected, Shared & Services and Electric Drive, with this newly-created, agile unit Mercedes-Benz will in future be launching new digital business models on the market. As of now, high-calibre talented individuals from all over the world will be rapidly developing solutions along the digital value chain. Mercedes-Benz is now seeking 125 digital experts for its location in Lisbon in the areas of software development, app programming, big data, cloud computing, Java, Java script and AEM development.

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Mercedes-Benz becomes a main sponsor of Web Summit.

Lisbon is enjoying ever greater popularity on the digital scene: “digital natives” from all over the world are coming to live and work in the Portuguese capital. November will see the staging of what will already be the second Web Summit, the world’s most important tech conference. During the press conference for the inauguration of the digital delivery hub, Mercedes-Benz also has the pleasure of introducing its new cooperation with the Web Summit for the first time: the automobile manufacturer is one of the conference’s main sponsor and will be in attendance in November. The Web Summit is the ideal platform for connecting and inspiring!

An example is the PITCH startup competition at the Web Summit which was named one of the best startup competitions worldwide by Forbes. PITCH gives the world’s leading early-stage startups the chance to tell their companies’ stories and ideas to an international audience and distinguished judging panel.

Mercedes-Benz has the pleasure of introducing its new cooperation with the Web Summit for the first time: The automobile manufacturer is the conference’s main sponsor.
  • Mercedes-Benz: Automotiveinnovations Award 2017 E-Class W 213.

    Twice No. 1 at AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award 2017.

    Two prize winners of the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award 2017 come from Mercedes-Benz.

E-Class goes through.

The E-Class could prevail over 184 other series vehicles as most innovative model, gaining 81 index points to be clearly ahead of the runner-up vehicle with 25 points. The award is primarily based on the great number of innovations, including best aerodynamics in the sector, the first congestion emergency braking function, the first car-to-X danger warning, PRE-SAFE® sound that can prepare the hearing to an imminent accident as well as the most economical Diesel-powered car in the sector.

Mercedes-Benz: AutomotiveInnovations Award 2017 most innovative model.
Mercedes-Benz: AutomotiveInnovations Award 2017 GLC X 253.

“Autonomous Driving and Safety”.

Mercedes-Benz also clearly wins the category “Autonomous Driving & Safety” with 69 index points for 22 innovations. Individual innovations that earned a particularly high rating are the Active Braking Assist with congestion emergency braking function, car-to-X communication, Active Lane Change Assist, Remote Park Assist and the development of the GLC F-CELL as plug-in fuel cell vehicle in the E-Class.

Innovations with additional customer use.

The basis for decisions on the AutomotiveINNOVATIONS Award is provided by a study drawing on the innovation database of the Center of Automotive Management (CAM) in Bergisch Gladbach. For the ninth year running, the automotive innovations of 18 global automobile groups comprising 52 brands have been systematically surveyed and assessed according to quantitative and qualitative criteria. Innovations are defined as new developments which offer tangible additional customer benefits. The innovations must be already available or they must at least have been presented in developed prototypes.

Mercedes-Benz: AutomotiveInnovations Award 2017 most innovative model.
  • Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive in the new S-Class Active Lane Changing AssistSupports steering into the neighbouring lane.

    Driving assistance systems in S-Class: Intelligent Drive Next Level.

    With new and considerably extended driving assistance functions, the new S‑Class will this autumn be taking a further, major step towards autonomous driving.

A big step.

'The new S-Class raises Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive to the next level,' says Dr Michael Hafner, Head of Automated Driving and Active Safety at Mercedes‑Benz. 'We are approaching the goal of automated driving more purposefully and faster than many people suspect. From the autumn, the new S‑Class will be able to support its driver considerably better than all systems which have been available to date.'

With new and considerably extended driving assistance functions, the new S‑Class will this autumn be taking a further, major step towards autonomous driving. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC and Active Steering Assist now support the driver even more conveniently in keeping a safe distance and steering, and the vehicle speed is now also automatically adjusted in bends and at road junctions. Also on board are Active Emergency Stop Assist and a considerably improved Active Lane Change Assist.

Map and navigation data.

Thanks to enhanced camera and radar systems, the new S‑Class has an even better view of the traffic situation. It also makes use of map and navigation data to calculate driving behaviour for the first time. The driver is able to see at a glance which assistance functions have been selected, and to which situations the systems are reacting at present. Easily understandable icons – e.g. a steering wheel with hands on both sides – give information both on the screen and in the head-up display. All functions are now controlled from the steering wheel. As a pioneer of automotive safety, Mercedes-Benz pursues research in this field with a rigour unmatched by any other car manufacturer. Dr Michael Hafner: “We have always programmed the software for the assistance functions in-house. This means that we are able to implement new ideas very quickly.”

Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC.

The speed preset in DISTRONIC is predictively reduced according to the route ahead of bends, junctions, roundabouts or toll booths, then increased back up. If the route has been selected using the navigation system, the S‑Class also responds accordingly: if the car is in the slow lane, it is decelerated when approaching the desired motorway exit. The same applies to junctions where the navigation route prescribes a turn-off or ahead of which the driver activates the turn indicator.

The reduction in speed is in varying degrees, depending on the selected transmission mode (ECO, COMFORT or SPORT). In ECO mode, the cornering speed is configured to harmonise with Steering Assist. This means that automated driving for longer periods is also a reality on country roads. On highways and motorways, Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC controls the distance from the vehicle ahead within a speed range from 0 to 210 km/h, and keeps the car on track.

Coasting characteristics, e.g. on downhill slopes, can now also be taken into account. In the interests of smooth and efficient driving, the speed is reduced in good time. If the vehicle is equipped with a drive system suitable for “gliding” (coasting with the engine off), this mode is automatically activated when the ECO transmission mode is active.

The Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC.
The Active Speed Limit Assist.

Active Lane Change Assist.

When the driver wishes to change lanes on multi-lane roads (recognised by the navigation system) at speeds from 80 to 180 km/h, it is now sufficient to nudge the indicator stalk. Within the next ten seconds, the sensor system checks together with the driver whether the next lane is clear in front of, alongside and behind the vehicle, also taking into account the speed of any other vehicles. When there is no other vehicle within the relevant safety zone, the driver is supported in changing lanes. The initiated lane change is indicated in the instrument cluster and on the head-up display.

Active Speed Limit Assist.

In conjunction with COMAND Online, Active Speed Limit Assist – an engageable subfunction of Traffic Sign Assist – is also able to recognise sign gantries and road works signs. Known limits, such as 50 km/h in built-up areas or 100 km/h on country roads, are also adopted from the navigation system. Active Distance Assist DISTRONIC adapts the vehicle‘s speed to the recognised speed limits automatically. In certain cases, the speed can be adapted in anticipatory mode on the basis of map data. On roads without speed limits, such as stretches on German motorways, the recommended speed – in this case 130 km/h – is adopted as the set speed. This speed can be adjusted by the driver. The desired maximum speed is always adopted in the course of the journey when the speed limit is lifted. It remains preset until the vehicle leaves the motorway or until the engine is switched off.

  • Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive in the new S-Class Route Based Speed AdjustmentIf Active Distance-Assist .

Following vehicles in a tailback.

In stop-and-go traffic on motorways and similar roads, stops of up to 30 seconds are now possible, within which the S‑Class automatically moves off and follows the traffic ahead.

Active Emergency Stop Assist.

Active Emergency Stop Assist brakes the vehicle to a standstill in its lane if it detects that the driver is no longer actively driving the vehicle while it is on the move with Active Steering Assist switched on. If there is no steering wheel movement over a predefined period, the system gives the driver a visual and audible prompt to place his/her hands on the wheel. If the driver fails to respond after repeated visual and audible prompts by moving the steering wheel, accelerating, braking or pressing the Touch Control Button on the steering wheel, the car will be slowed down in the identified lane until it comes to a standstill. At speeds below approx. 60 km/h the following traffic is warned by means of hazard warning lamps. When the vehicle comes to a standstill, the parking brake is engaged automatically and the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system is activated. The vehicle is also unlocked, to allow first aiders access to the interior. The functions are aborted as soon as the driver takes control of the vehicle again.

Active Brake Assist.

Active Brake Assist with cross-traffic function is able to help the driver avoid impending collisions with vehicles ahead, stationary or crossing vehicles and with people if the driver fails to take any action to defuse the dangerous situation. This assistance takes the form of a distance warning from a warning lamp in the instrument cluster if the distance from a vehicle in front is inadequate, an additional audible warning when a danger of collision is identified, autonomous emergency braking to avoid a collision with moving stationary or crossing vehicles ahead, autonomous emergency braking for pedestrians and situation-related braking assistance as soon as the driver applies the brakes.

  • Mercedes-Benz Intelligent Drive in the new S-Class: Active Lane Changing AssistSupports steering into the neighbouring lane.

Evasive Steering Assist.

Evasive Steering Assist can support the driver in taking evasive action when pedestrians are detected in the danger zone in front of the vehicle and the driver initiates such action. The system then applies additional steering torque in the direction in which the driver is performing an evasive manoeuvre. This helps the driver to evade the pedestrian in a controlled manner and to stabilise the vehicle on its evasive course.

Active Lane Keeping and Blind Spot Assist.

This system is able to warn the driver by means of pulsed vibrations on the steering wheel when the vehicle is unintentionally drifting out of its lane at speeds between 60 and 200 km/h. If the vehicle passes over a continuous line, it can pull the vehicle back into lane by applying the brakes on one side. In the case of a broken line, such intervention takes place only when there is a danger of collision with a vehicle in the next lane (including danger from oncoming traffic).

In the speed range from approx. 10 to 200 km/h, this system is able to provide the driver with a visual alert, plus an audible alarm when a turn indicator is actuated, to warn of a danger of side collisions with other vehicles, including bicycles, for example. At speeds above 30 km/h, automatic braking on one side of the vehicle can additionally be applied to help avoid a side collision at the last moment.

Traffic Sign Assist.

Image recognition and information from the digital road map in the navigation system allow the permitted maximum speed and any restrictions on overtaking for the current route section and zebra crossings to be computed and shown in the instrument cluster. Additional restrictions such as speed limits in wet conditions (warning when the windscreen wipers are switched on) or speed limits for trucks only are also taken into account or ignored as appropriate in the individual case concerned. The road speed is compared with the maximum permissible speed. If set to do so by the driver, a visual/visual-acoustic warning is given if the speed limit is exceeded. No-entry signs are also recognised and the driver is prompted to check the vehicle’s direction of travel. A warning additionally appears in the instrument cluster and on the head-up display when persons are detected in the area of zebra crossings.

  • The Traffic Sign Assist.

Car-to-X Communication.

Information concerning hazardous situations which a vehicle on the road has detected is made available to all other Car-to‑X users to give drivers an early warning. As with Live Traffic Information, reports transmitted by Car-to‑X are shown on the COMAND Online map display. Depending on the situation, a warning by voice output can be given when approaching a hazard.

Active Parking Assist.

Active Parking Assist with Parking Assist PARKTRONIC supports the driver in searching for a parking space and when entering or leaving parallel or end-on parking spaces. In the case of end-on parking spaces it is active in both forward and reverse direction. It manoeuvres the vehicle automatically into the selected parking space. In conjunction with Blind Spot Assist, Rear Cross Traffic Alert can warn the driver of cross traffic when reversing out of end-on parking spaces and can also initiate automatic braking if necessary. In the case of Active Parking Assist with 360° camera, all-round vision is made possible by the reversing camera and three additional cameras. The information is presented clearly in Full HD in a choice of different views on the central display.

Remote Parking Assist.

Remote Parking Assist enables the driver to manoeuvre the vehicle into tight parking spaces or garages by smartphone, so as to facilitate entering and alighting from the vehicle. The vehicle can be manoeuvred into parallel and end-on parking spaces in both forward and reverse direction. Manoeuvring out of end-on parking spaces is also possible, e.g. if the driver returns to their vehicle to find that it has been blocked in. In Explore mode the vehicle can be manoeuvred straight forward or in reverse by up to fifteen metres, avoiding detected obstacles. In narrow passageways, following confirmation by the driver the vehicle is able to fold in the exterior mirrors so that it can approach the detected obstacle more closely (e.g. narrow garage entrance).

Mercedes-Benz Next: pactris.

    An app that takes the stress out of packing your boot.

    • 23. February 2017
    • Mobility Concept
    • Illustration: Pawel Sobolewski
    • Text: Ernesto Singer und Hans Kaltenthal

    Thanks to “pactris”, drivers of smart cars know how much will fit in their car before they even start packing. The digital assistant is available for download free of charge.

    It all started with a young man standing helplessly by his car in the middle of the car park of a Swedish furniture store. While doing his shopping he had overestimated how much space there was in his boot. The inevitable consequence was that his car was hopelessly overfilled. He almost had to take a box back to the checkout. This experience left a lasting impression – and gave the young man, Gabriel Selbach, an idea: would it be possible for a smartphone to work out how many of the items that you were buying would fit in your car?

    Together with Sebastian Thiemt and Toni Hoang, Gabriel Selbach set about putting flesh on the bones of his brainwave. The three young entrepreneurs then presented their idea at the inaugural DigitalLife Day in 2015 – and promptly won the competition for internal Daimler start-ups. They walked away with a development budget of €25,000, which they used to programme an initial prototype of the app. The trio were then given the opportunity to present this in various areas of the Group. “The candidate that first came to mind was Mercedes-Benz Vans,” explains Sebastian Thiemt. “But smart were even quicker in getting back to us with a really positive response.”

    App available since early September 2016

    When smart came on board, the three creators of the app were given an additional development budget. The app was quickly reprogrammed to cater to the current smart model range – and the customers of the practical sub-compact family car are already feeling the benefit. The finished app has officially been available since 2 September 2016 in the Apple App Store. Its Android equivalent was released in the Play Store just a few weeks ago.

    “Right from the beginning we wanted the app to be a reliable everyday companion that people would actually use,” says Gabriel Selbach, outlining the team’s aspiration. The “pactris” process can be broken down into several steps. You first need to tell the app what items you want to pack into your car by using the smartphone camera. To do this, you scan the barcodes, which of course are found on almost every product in flat-pack furniture stores and DIY shops. The app then uses the unique product number to search for the dimensions of the box which you wish to load.

    A database containing all the thousands of products that are available today would be too big to be stored on the app itself. So instead, a web crawler trawls the internet for the data that is hidden behind the scanned barcode. It almost always returns a hit. The app can work out from the dimensions of the box in which the item is packed whether it will fit into the car or not.

    Providing real-time support for the post-shop packing of the car is by far the app’s most difficult job. “We spent most of our time developing the algorithm for the optimum packing sequence,” reports Sebastian Thiemt, who is currently the main person in charge of the pactris project.

    ' Providing real-time support for the post-shop packing of the car is by far the app’s most difficult job. '

    Sebastian Thiemt, Developer of the pactris app

    So no one gets left behind in the car park

    Although there are some existing programmes that show you how to pack objects to save as much space as possible, they often fail to meet the requirements of everyday use. And, of course, the box containing your furniture doesn’t just have to fit inside the car, it also has to get through the tailgate. In the case of the smart forfour model, the app also takes into account the individually folding rear bench seat backrests and cushions. The app also asks how many passengers are travelling to make sure that no one has to stay behind in the car park.

    The three young developers also thought about products whose dimensions have not yet found their way onto the internet: crates of beer or drinks are also stored in the app, as are removal boxes and the shopping crates used by the larger supermarket chains. The dimensions of other objects can simply be entered manually.

    The optimum loading sequence is shown in a 3D view that displays the selected smart model and the items that need to be packed. “To make it look as aesthetically pleasing as possible, we got help from the smart design department,” explains Sebastian Thiemt. “It was interesting trying to find a good compromise between the most realistic depiction and the available computing power on the smartphone.”

    Other possible uses

    Taking a longer-term view, it’s not just smart customers who will benefit from the app. Customers of Mercedes-Benz will also one day discover pactris – potentially even via an interface with the Mercedes me app.

    Until that day arrives, the pactris developers are working on new fields of application for their load compartment Tetris app. And in Daimler’s plant logistics, the team have found a suitable candidate: “Every day, huge numbers of goods are packed and unpacked here in a precisely coordinated process,” says Sebastian Thiemt. “A pro-version of our app could help, for example, to optimise the loading and unloading sequence.”

    For more efficient logistics

    The major benefit of using the app in plant logistics would be that all the specifications of all loading containers, including their dimensions, are already recorded in the IT system. Cages have standardised dimensions, and the loading spaces of trucks and vans generally have a practical rectangular footprint. This is where pactris would come in: the app could track and optimise the route taken by an individual part from the moment it arrives at the works gate to its delivery to the assembly line. Time wasted switching from one container to another would be almost completely eliminated thanks to the digital loading assistant.

    Steffen Kaup, Head of the Transport and Logistics Future Research team in Daimler’s Group Research unit

    Steffen Kaup, Head of the Transport and Logistics Future Research team in Daimler’s Group Research unit

    “The pactris app could play a key role in future transport and logistics concepts,” predicts Steffen Kaup, Head of the Transport and Logistics Future Research team in Daimler’s Group Research unit. “One of the bigger trends in the transportation of goods will be the breakdown of goods into smaller units. These can then navigate an existing traffic network using different transport modes, which is also known as synchromodal transport. The pactris app may prove itself to be a useful component for the overall concept for this type of transport.” For such a system to work, it is vital to not only efficiently access the loading spaces of the various modes of transport, but to have information on how much space all of the items to be loaded take up.

    Steffen Kaup sees the ever-increasing demands on e-commerce as one of the greater trends. Households are having more goods delivered home and requirements with regard to speed of delivery and reduction of waiting times are on the increase. Crowd-delivery services are designed to combat these trends, i. e. a lot of smaller delivery services or even private persons who support goods transportation in city centres. These could also be seen as a future area of application for pactris as these services don’t just deliver goods on their route through inner-city areas, but they also take other packages on board.

    It’s clear that the growing connectedness of our world is creating whole new possibilities in the field of logistics. The three pactris pioneers weren’t even thinking of that when they first came up with their idea – but in the end the new app is not just helping owners of smart vehicles on their shopping trips, it will potentially also make logistics more efficient both in and outside the factory gates.

    ' The pactris app could play a key role in future transport and logistics concepts. '

    Steffen Kaup, Head of the Transport and Logistics Future Research team in Daimler’s Group Research unit

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    Mercedes-Benz Next: Sketch of the interior.

      Out with the old.

      • 9. February 2017
      • E-Mobility
      • Photos: Daimler
      • Text: Walther Wuttke

      Electromobility is changing vehicle design. Robert Lesnik, Head of Exterior Design at Mercedes-Benz, explains in an interview what’s in and what is out.


      Robert Lesnik: I prefer to see them less as challenges and more as new opportunities. For those models that come in a combustion and an electric version, there were no great visible changes. They just lost their drive train, up to and including the exhaust. But if we don’t even have a combustion model in the first place, all sorts of entirely new possibilities open up, and we are able to work with entirely new proportions. Of course those still need to be well balanced and attractive, so that our cars continue to evoke desire. We call that “purpose design” which means design based on the intended use.



      It’s our opinion that the time is ripe for electronic vehicles to have their own design characteristics, and that it’s ok for a new electro look that differentiates itself formally from a combustion vehicle. With our Concept EQ we deliberately chose a different design for the front, the rear and the window layouts, creating a new formal unit. We call this “signature graphics”, and our aim is to create an entirely new impression. On top of that, all elements should appear flush and aerodynamic. That means smaller recesses and reduced stepping. Everything blends seamlessly together, like in aircraft design.

      Mercedes-Benz Next: Robert Lesnik.

      Robert Lesnik, Director Exterior Design at Mercedes-Benz


      If you deliberately choose to design differently, you can opt for purpose design, as we have done with the EQ architecture. But one thing is clear, in the end the vehicle still has to be recognisable as a Mercedes-Benz. The new models of the EQ product brand must remain emotional and intelligent. That is the contrast at the heart of our design. It’s ok if unexpected and surprising things happen along the way, but they must always fit into our design philosophy.



      For combustion vehicles, a lot depends on the engine position, with an correspondingly long bonnet. If you can do away with the engine, then you can say goodbye to the old familiar look in this respect. And that’s what we are going to do. The new EQ variants will be designed in collaboration with the various design departments.



      By getting rid of the combustion engine and other components, such as transmission, exhaust and radiator, we are gaining additional space that will benefit the passengers. As designers we are very happy to take advantage of this opportunity.



      The two types of design are going to coexist for quite a while. The first vehicle from the EQ family will arrive in 2019, and by 2025 we will have at least ten completely electronic models on the market. Both body shapes will follow the principles of the Mercedes-Benz design philosophy, with the EQ models distinguished by some unique design elements. This includes the design of the front, which will create a unique, individual character. We have already presented some of the elements in Paris, such as the slot in the cowl for the windscreen wipers that only opens when the wipers are needed. This allows us to make significant improvements, both to the aerodynamics and above all to the aeroacoustics. Because without the traditional engine noise other sources of noise suddenly become a lot more noticeable.

      ' Without the traditional engine noise, other sources of noise suddenly become a lot more noticeable. '

      Robert Lesnik


      With all of our vehicles we will be concentrating on the proportions – the lines will be smoother. The face of the brand remains the same for both types of drive technology, but that does not rule out variations. Even today, we are already the only brand with different front sections. We’ve got the traditional three-pointed star on the bonnet, the star in the centre of the radiator grille, and the sporty face of the AMG. And now we’re adding another variation, the face of the EQ, where the technology allows us a wide range of design options. But it must always remain possible to recognise a Mercedes-Benz as such from a distance.



      Our design teams are already working on different model series across the board. And of course there is some discussion, and everyone knows all the model series. There needs to be a strategic plan to ensure that everything fits together at the end, when the cars are on display at the dealership. It has to be completely obvious that they all belong to the same family and brand, and this applies just as much to the new EQ models.



      The term SUV is generally associated with large, heavy vehicles with a relatively upright greenhouse. I prefer to speak of a crossover, i. e. a model which is positioned in between the familiar segments and proportions. The appearance of our Concept EQ is less bulky, but it has the advantage of the higher seat position of an SUV. The roof is flatter, but it still provides a lot of headroom. At the rear we don’t have the typical SUV look, but rather a touch of shooting brake, to improve the aerodynamics. We have chosen this shape deliberately, because it is contemporary.



      For the moment we are working on this first generation, and that will turn a few heads, as people may not have been expecting that from us. We have lots of ideas. For example, when we’re talking about autonomous driving, it raises the question of whether we want to carry that through to the outside. We are certainly looking forward to the new possibilities.

      ' It must always remain possible to recognise a Mercedes-Benz as such from a distance. '

      Robert Lesnik

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