• Mercedes-Benz opens its first digital delivery hub in Lisbon.
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    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 Intelligent Drive in the new S-Class Active Lane Changing AssistSupports steering into the neighbouring lane.
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    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 .
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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.
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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.
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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).


CES 2017: Inspiration Talk.

    My car is your car.

    • 11. January 2017
    • Mobility Concept
    • Photos: Daimler
    • Text: Steffan Heuer

    Sharing services are remodelling the automotive business. This offers good prospects, too. One of the key topics at the CES 2017 in Las Vegas.

    From booking a free floating car in a city with a click to making one’s own vehicle available to others, from hailing a taxi to taking delivery of a shipment in one’s trunk — sharing all kinds of transportation resources is transforming society. And Mercedes-Benz is at the forefront of this radical shift, trying to reinvent the concept of mobility with a host of innovative services.

    “Sharing is here to stay. It’s the fastest growing sector of the mobility business. We recognised it early and have been quietly building our own ecosystem,” said Ola Källenius, Member of the Executive Board of Daimler AG, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, at the CES tech trade show in Las Vegas.

    That’s why Daimler operates services such as car2go with currently more than a million members worldwide, as well as ride-hailing platforms mytaxi and Hailo and on-demand service Blacklane. Those offerings were recently joined by Croove, which lets German drivers privately share their vehicles, and a pilot programme called “Smart Ready to Drop” which turns one’s smart’s trunk into the delivery address for receiving and dropping shipments.

    ' Sharing is here to to stay. It’s the fastest growing sector of the mobility business. '

    Ola Källenius, Member of the Executive Board of Daimler AG, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development

    New business models

    Every car in Daimler’s portfolio will eventually be part of an intelligent sharing ecosystem, said Källenius. “I believe that every car we build should be able to be shared if that’s what the customer wants. Technology will make sharing possible for any vehicle in our fleet of the future.”

    This fundamental transformation of the automotive industry doesn’t necessarily spell lower sales since it opens up new business models and drives different types of demand. “There will be a blend of ownership, something that’s still very important in the luxury space. Your car is your third space next to work and home,” the Daimler manager said.

    He also pointed out that the rise of e-commerce and on-demand services for goods and even food will speed up the replacement cycle for vehicles and generate demand for vans as well as novel last-mile delivery options such as drones — a concept Mercedes-Benz demonstrated at CES with its Vision Van.

    Collaboration with Silicon Valley

    Daimler is working with partners such as the incubator Plug and Play Tech Center in Silicon Valley to identify transformative new business models around shared services even faster.

    “I’ve had a front seat to the most innovative companies,” recalled its founder and CEO, Saeed Amidi in conversation with Källenius. Google was one of many tech success stories that moved into his incubator with a staff of three and went on to change the world. Amidi compared the transformation around shared services from Airbnb to Uber with the disruption of the mobile phone industry when the smartphone was introduced.

    The Plug and Play Tech Center has been working with Mercedes-Benz to identify 280 promising startups from around the world. A shortlist of 22 ideas were then reviewed with engineers in Stuttgart, resulting in more than 10 joint pilot projects.

    CES 2017 in Las Vegas – read more on specific subjects here:

    Mapping the way to autonomous driving

    The learning car

    Cars as the central health hub

    ' I believe that every car we build should be able to be shared if that’s what the customer wants. '

    Ola Källenius

    Related topics.

      Fit & Healthy: Dashboard.

        Cars as the central health hub.

        • 6. January 2017
        • Connectivity
        • Photos: Daimler
        • Text: Steffan Heuer

        Healthy driving: Connected health, whether it’s on your wrist or on your dashboard, is thriving, as this year’s CES show in Las Vegas demonstrates.

        Imagine a vehicle that knows whether you’re stressed and nudges you to take a breath before the next scheduled appointment. Because it can read your pulse and see your upcoming schedule. A vehicle that can adjust ambient lighting, sounds and even scents to soothe the driver and passengers. A vehicle that becomes a key component of an active yet balanced lifestyle, working in unison with smart devices in the home and with wearables to generate a more holistic picture of one’s vital data.

        Connected health, whether it’s on your wrist or on your dashboard, is thriving, as this year’s CES show in Las Vegas demonstrates. The total wearable market is slated to reach 48 million units and earn $5.5 billion in revenue in 2017, according to the show’s organizer, the Consumer Technology Association.

        Case in point: the Inspiration Talk about connected health at the Mercedes-Benz stall moderated by tech evangelist Guy Kawasaki.

        A car is the best place to pull in a holistic data set so modern algorithms can crunch the numbers and boost well-being, argued panellist Dr. David Agus, professor of medicine and engineering at the University of Southern California. Since we all spend hours behind the wheel, a vehicle can serve as the central health hub, filled with sensors to gather biometric data, feed them back to the cloud and quickly serve up recommendations to driver and passengers.

        Ola Källenius, Member of the Executive Board of Daimler AG, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development, pointed to the new features of Mercedes me’s vitality coach which visitors could experience in a Maybach on the show floor. The virtual coach lets users choose between various goals — from relaxation to increased activity levels. It turns the car into an integral part of their healthy lifestyle, from home to work and back, including tracking their pulse through the steering wheel when they’re driving. “Beyond safety, we want to put vitality at the center and make sure you feel better when you get out of the car than when you got in,” said Källenius. “Fit & Healthy features will touch the entire product line from top to bottom.”

        ' We want to put vitality at the center and make sure you feel better when you get out of the car than when you got in. '

        Ola Källenius, Member of the Executive Board of Daimler AG, Group Research & Mercedes-Benz Cars Development

        Biometrics-driven advanced driver assistance systems are a booming market, according to market researcher Frost & Sullivan. They predict that cloud-enabled, built-in technologies such as heart rate sensors, fatigue detection through gaze tracking and even brain wave monitoring will radically transform the driving experience between now and 2025.

        ' Mercedes-Benz will not share this data with anybody. '

        Ola Källenius

        As with all personalised services, giving the user ultimate control over their health data is key, cautioned Källenius: “Mercedes-Benz will not share this data with anybody and only use it as you like it to be used.” In the end, opined former Apple evangelist Kawasaki, sitting inside a Mercedes will “probably be healthier than anywhere else except a gym.”

        CES 2017 in Las Vegas – read more on specific subjects here:

        My car is your car

        Mapping the way to autonomous driving

        The learning car

        Related topics.

          360° video “Concept EQ” – World Premiere at Paris Motor Show 2016.

          At the Paris Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz showed how electric cars can soon move into the fast lane. The concept vehicle “Concept EQ” with the appearance of a sporty SUV coupé gives a preview of a new generation of vehicles with battery-electric drives. The dynamic exterior design with its new electro-look underlines the focus on the powerful electric drive system: Two electric motors, with a system output that can be increased to up to 300 kW thanks to scalable battery components, and permanent all-wheel drive deliver the guarantee of dynamic high-level performance. With a range of up to 500 kilometres and the typical Mercedes strengths of safety, comfort, functionality and connectivity, “Concept EQ” meets every demand in terms of contemporary, sustainable mobility.

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