Research and development
With our research and development activities, our goal is to further strengthen Daimler’s competitive position against the backdrop of upcoming technological challenges. With new and attractive products, we want to inspire our customers and utilize the growth opportunities offered by worldwide automotive markets. We are focusing on the strategic areas for the future of connectivity, automated and autonomous driving, and in particular the development of electric drive systems. After the continuous increase in recent years, the volume of research and development expenditure should have reached a plateau i
At Mercedes-Benz Cars & Vans, a large proportion of the research and development expenditure i
The Daimler Trucks & Buses division plans on research and development expenditure at the prior-year level. The focus will be on the development of new technologies, among other things, for the automation and connectivity of trucks and buses and for a fleet that is CO2-neutral in driving operation (tank-to-wheel) by means of electric drive (battery power and fuel cells). In the long term, we anticipate considerable business potential with highly automated trucks (SAE Level 4) in “Hub2Hub” applications on US highways between logistics centers. Another important area is the development of successor generations for existing products, with a focus on the segment of heavy-duty trucks, as well as on tailored products and technologies for major growth markets.