Daimlerâ€™s r&d boss says IT will play a key role in tomorrow’s passenger cars. In an interview with automotiveIT, Thomas Weber cited driver-assistance systems, comfort features and new media as areas where IT will play a central role.
â€œThe car will offer increasingly web-based services, individualization and connectivity,â€ Weber said. â€œYesterday, car manufacturing was mostly about machine building; today IT has been added to this in a big way.â€
Weber noted that Daimler’s r&d department alone employs more than 1,000 software engineers.
The r&d boss said he works closely with Michael Gorriz, head of Daimlerâ€™s IT operations. And he noted that Daimler benefits from a strong in-house IT infrastructure that provides access to a wide range of tools the automaker needs.
Weber said that a key question in the area of new in-car features will be â€œwhat is allowed and what is possible.”
And he added: â€œRegardless of the possibilities that exist in connectivity and infotainment, we are primarily concerned with customer usefulness and safety.â€
The full interviewÂ with Thomas Weber (in German) can be read in the first issue of carIT, a new publication from automotiveIT. For a copy of carIT, please e-mail: Â verlag@automotiveIT.eu