Changing Lanes

Digitalization

Industry 4.0 and human-machine cooperation at industrial facilities are here to stay. For several years now, they have been helping us to optimize processes in factories and manufacture vehicles with different engines and equipment features on the same assembly line. Our Factory 56, which opened in September 2020, shows what fully networked automobile production looks like: A state-of-the-art infrastructure featuring powerful Wi-Fi and a high-performance 5G mobile network not only facilitates tracking and tracing but also saves a huge amount of paper, while digital positioning and display systems provide the employees with relevant vehicle data from the factory hall.

Daimler also has a clear vision of what should come off the line at this ultramodern factory: technology leadership in terms of both hardware and software. The important thing here is to ensure data sovereignty in the vehicle using our own operating system — developed in “Swabian Valley.” The path to MB.OS market maturity will be as evolutionary as the iPhone update process. The MBUX Hyperscreen offers a first preview of the digital Mercedes-Benz vehicle of the future: MBUX Hyperscreen is an infotainment and operating system that is capable of learning and supports users in line with their personal preferences and routines — and even reminds them of important birthdays.

The skills, creativity, and motivation of our employees play a key role in our ability to implement our plans successfully. Daimler establishes the conditions needed to ensure top performance, and in many cases our employees themselves organize their advanced training courses, working hours, and specific job assignments within this framework. Today more than ever, digitalization is making all this possible, and we encourage our employees to make the most of these opportunities. To support them, Daimler uses not only appeals but also reliable instruments such as the company agreement on mobile working.

Our holistic approach to digitalization enables us to make an effective contribution to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals:

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The pandemic is a putting a great strain on companies and their employees. The crisis has shown that a lot more can be achieved than we previously thought possible. Getting hundreds of thousands of people to work from home in Germany seemed unimaginable at first — but it worked! I firmly believe that 70 to 80 percent of all interactions that are not directly customer-related can be just as easily managed via digital channels. Due to the impact of the covid-19 pandemic and the current challenges associated with decarbonization and digitalization, we are now on the verge of what will likely be the biggest transformation of working culture and training systems in our history.

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Claudia Nemat Member of the Deutsche Telekom AG Board of Management, Technology and Innovation

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The training center at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Untertürkheim was one of more than 50 Daimler locations that took part in a live webcast to mark the start of the 2020 training year.
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45 thousand employees More

45,000
is the number of employees to whom we provided electric mobility training in 2020. This number will increase to 200,000 by 2025.

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Factory 56 has realized the digital, sustainable production system of the future

The new Factory 56 facility located at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen utilizes a digital, flexible, efficient, and sustainable automotive production system that points the way toward the future. This facility, which began operating in September 2020, boasts completely CO2-neutral production in line with the goals of our Ambition 2039.

The factory also sets new standards for digitalization: All digitalization activities revolve around the MO360 digital ecosystem that is being used in full for the first time in Factory 56. MO360 consists of various software applications that use real-time data to support worldwide vehicle production at Mercedes-Benz Cars. Factory 56 features a new digital infrastructure with powerful Wi-Fi and a high-performance 5G mobile phone network that is paving the way for complete digitalization. Factory 56 doesn’t use any paper and thus has annual paper savings of approximately ten tons.

First to roll off the line in Factory 56 was the new generation of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan and its long version. In February 2021 the facility also began producing the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, and in the future it will build the EQS on the same line in a completely flexible production system. The entire hall is designed for flexibility, so at some point it will be possible to integrate all Mercedes-Benz model series, from compact vehicles to SUVs, into regular production in response to demand, very quickly and without interrupting manufacturing operations.

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