Research & development
Research and development as key success factors
Research and development have always played a key role at Daimler. Gottlieb Daimler and Carl Benz invented the automobile more than 130 years ago. Today, we are shaping the future of mobility. Our goal is to offer our customers fascinating products and customized solutions for needs-oriented, safe and sustainable mobility. Our technology portfolio and our key areas of expertise are focused on this objective.
The expertise, creativity and drive of our employees in research and development are key factors behind our vehicles’ market success. At the end o
Our international research and development network
With our global research and development network, we are present in the key markets with direct proximity to our customers. Our biggest facilities are in Sindelfingen and Stuttgart-Untertürkheim in Germany. Our most important research locations in North America are the US R&D headquarters in Sunnyvale, California (main facility); Long Beach, California; Portland, Oregon; and Redford, Michigan. Our most important facilities in Asia are in Bangalore, India; the Global Hybrid Center in Kawasaki, Japan; and our research and development center in Beijing. Mercedes-Benz Research & Development India (MBRDI, with headquarters in Bangalore) is Daimler’s largest research and development center outside Germany. Activities at MBRDI focus on digitization, simulations and data science. In Novembe
In September, we opened our new Test and Technology Center in Immendingen. We have invested more than €200 million in this new Daimler research location, which is located at a former military site and covers a total area of 520 hectares. The center brings together our global vehicle testing activities. Among other things, we will use the facility to develop alternative drive systems such as hybrid and electric vehicles of the EQ product and technology brand, and to test future assistance systems and automated driving functions.
Das neue Prüf- und Technologiezentrum Immendingen
Along with our internal activities, we also maintain close contacts with external research institutions. For example, we work together with various renowned research institutes around the world and participate in international exchange programs for next-generation scientists.
We are open to cooperation – worldwide. Our partners include promising startups such as what3words
Mercedes-Benz and what3words: The Revolution of Voice Navigation
and Anagog, as well as suppliers such as Bosch, or, in selected fields, competitors such as BMW. Some of our Chinese partners are Baidu, Alibaba and Tsinghua University. We operate digital hubs as development centers around the world, for example in Berlin, Seattle, Lisbon and Tel Aviv.
DigitalLife TechTalks #1 meet and greet Sabine Scheunert (about Anagog)
Targeted involvement of the supplier industry
In order to achieve our ambitious goals, we also cooperate very closely with research and development units from the supplier industry. Daimler must be closely intermeshed with supplier companies in order to deal with the rapid pace of technological change in the automotive industry and the need to quickly bring new technologies to market maturity. Such cooperation is all the more important in light of the increasing digitization of processes throughout all stages of the value chain. Strong partners from the supplier industry are also essential for our efforts to develop and offer new concepts for future mobility. As part of our joint research and development work, we aim to ensure that the Group retains the key technological expertise it needs in order to maintain the uniqueness of our brands and to safeguard the future of the automobile in general.
New strategy for brands and patents: everything under one roof
Without the protection and management of its patents, brands and designs, Daimler could never have become as successful as it is today. That is why we seek to effectively protect and manage the Group’s intellectual property and the innovations that inspire our customers around the globe. In this manner, we also intend to ensure the successful continuation of our tradition that goes back more than 130 years. We upheld this tradition i
In today’s fast-paced digital world, it is no longer enough simply to develop good ideas. For this reason, within the framework of our “Project Future,” we have taken the opportunity to consolidate under one roof all topics and tasks relating to our patents, our strong brands, our copyrights and the licenses we issue to contract manufacturers. The result is the establishment of the Daimler Brand & IP Management GmbH & Co. KG subsidiary. This organizational unit will focus exclusively in the future on the management, utilization, protection and assertion of all intellectual and other property rights at the Daimler Group.
€9.1 billion for research and development
We want to continue helping shape mobility through our pioneering innovations in the coming years while moving ahead with digitization throughout the entire Group. As announced in our Annual Repor
The most important development projects at Mercedes-Benz Cars focused on the successor models of the current S-Class and C-Class, as well as on the EQ electric brand. We are also investing in low-emission combustion engines, vehicle connectivity, automated and autonomous driving, and the development of new innovative safety technologies. Mercedes-Benz Cars spent a total of €7.0 billion on research and development in the year under review (2017: €6.6 billion). Daimler Trucks invested €1.3 billion in research and development projects, as in the previous year. The division’s most important projects were in the areas of emission standards and fuel efficiency, as well as customized products and technologies for important growth markets. Forward-looking technologies for electric mobility, connectivity, and automated and autonomous driving are also becoming more important. R & D expenditure at Mercedes-Benz Vans focused mainly on the new Sprinter generation and the further development of the Vito and the V-Class. In addition, Mercedes-Benz Vans continued to forge ahead with the electrification of its commercial model series. Daimler Buses primarily focused its development activities on new products, the fulfillment of future emissions standards and measures to further reduce fuel consumption. Alternative drive systems, in particular electrification technology and other forward-looking projects related to automation functions and autonomous driving also played a key role during the year under review. (See graphic B.36 and table B.37)
B.37 Research and development expenditure by division
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|Mercedes-Benz Cars |
|Daimler Trucks |
|Mercedes-Benz Vans |
|Daimler Buses |