Mercedes-Benz on Friday opened a new 200 million euro (about Rs 1,650 crore) software center in Sindelfingen, southern Germany, its latest investment in building internal software capabilities as it is striving to bring its own operating system MB.OS to market by 2024.
About 750 of the 3,000 new recruits the luxury carmaker plans to recruit worldwide to develop the operating system have been hired in Sindelfingen, working on features ranging from in-car entertainment to autonomous driving.
The center is part of a wider effort by Mercedes-Benz to streamline its software strategy from a patchwork approach integrating technology from a wide range of vendors, to control the core of its software offering itself.
“We take responsibility for software architecture and integration – that’s our main focus,” software director Magnus Oestberg told a panel discussion.
“We don’t do everything ourselves – we value partnerships, but of course the parts that are most important to us, we do in-house.”
One of these partnerships is with the American computer graphics specialist Nvidia, with whom Mercedes-Benz entered into an agreement in 2020 to develop assistance and autonomous driving functions which will be part of the launch of the MB.OS system in two years.
The automaker is 600 vacancies away from reaching its goal of a global team of 10,000 software engineers in Berlin, China, India, Israel, Japan and the United States.
“The profile of a software engineer is in high demand – the demand is considerably higher than the supply,” said Markus Schaefer, Chief Technology Officer.
In a survey of 572 automotive executives by the Capgemini research institute, 97% said four in 10 internal workers will need to have software skills within five years, from IT architects to IT management professionals. cloud to cybersecurity experts.
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