Thomas Weber sees a big role for IT in new cars

Daimler’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.

“The car will offer increasingly web-based services, individualization and connectivity,” Weber said. “Yesterday, car manufacturing was mostly about machine building; today IT has been added to this in a big way.”

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 Daimler’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 “what is allowed and what is possible."

And he added: “Regardless of the possibilities that exist in connectivity and infotainment, we are primarily concerned with customer usefulness and safety.”

The full interviewwith 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: