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Daimler Trucks & Buses has selected Lisbon as the location for its new technology hub – following companies including Volkswagen Group IT and MAN Truck & Bus, and BMW’s Critical TechWorks joint venture, in setting up digital development facilities in Portugal’s capital city.


Daimler notes the strength of the digital community there, supported by local universities with programmes in data science, AI and machine learning, and further backed by city authorities.

The Daimler Tech & Data Hub will work on business-to-business mobility, from global logistics and supply chains to urban transportation and last-mile deliveries, and intends to create “the most holistic dataset for the commercial vehicle industry”.

In its initial ramp-up phase, around 30 people will be hired to focus on new technologies and digital services in the commercial vehicle sector, and address challenges such as the future of logistics, infrastructure integration and V2X, and adapting to electronic fleets.

Working with Daimler’s global brands, the Tech & Data Hub team will collaborate with external partners including start-ups, cities and open-source tech communities to develop a global ecosystem for commercial vehicle mobility. Its mission statement reads: “The future of transportation and logistics does not lie in the evolution of hardware but in intelligent code.”

The Tech & Data Hub is currently based at Second Home Lisbon, a workspace at the Mercado da Ribeira which also hosts the well-known Time Out Market Lisboa food hall [pictured] – a fashionable destination symbolising the regeneration of the area around Lisbon’s Cais do Sodre station and the city’s aspirations as a global tech hotspot.

-Farah Alkhalisi