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Work on the Next Big Thing? That's what we do. We asked five of our developers the same three questions. As different as their answers may be, they have one thing in common: the passion with which their colleagues dedicate themselves to the future!

...Yilin Yu

30 years old
Software Function Developer for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles

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Why are IT and AI turning mobility upside down?
IT offers countless ways to address individual customer needs. We can use IT to improve driving comfort, to increase driving fun and to offer efficient performance. Digitization has also made the development process more agile. We can integrate new ideas into software and test them directly in digital prototypes. This means we can develop the best solutions in the shortest space of time

What makes you a developer?
I create new experiences for our customers with my software functions. I can realize my ideas and develop solutions for new and exciting challenges. One example is the driving-off procedure for hybrid vehicles. This can be an uncomfortable jerk or indeed pleasant continuous acceleration. It depends on the programmed software we develop.

What #NextBigThing are you currently working on?
I am currently working as part of a team on a new software for the next generation of electric and hybrid drives. Our software ensures that the optimum operating point with respect to efficiency and driving comfort is selected in the power electronics.

... Kamal Muth

34 years old
Software Developer for the Electrification of Compact Vehicles

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Why are IT and AI turning mobility upside down?
The focus is completely changing. In future, it will probably be less about how the vehicle is moving, and more about what a customer can do while on the move. What podcast does he/she like to listen to the most? What online magazine should be shown? The vehicle drives autonomously and the customer can make use of the journey time. Perhaps the customer is not even sitting in his own car, rather is using a car sharing model. Nevertheless, everything has been adjusted to suit him because this is exactly what IT and AI (artificial intelligence) make possible.

What makes you a developer?
I am not a traditional IT person. I initially learned the ropes of software development at Daimler. I am now responsible for the software development of the 48V systems for the next generation of our compact vehicles in 2025. That means I am literally working on the future. In specific terms, I look after the software side of things, making sure that our vehicles with combustion engines are electrified to the greatest extent possible. In this regard, we are working on new features and functions that the customer will probably want in future.

What #NextBigThing are you currently working on?
I cannot reveal too much, but I have already hinted at it: We are working on the 48V systems for the next generation of our compact vehicles. The aim here is to optimize and reduce mechanical components and move toward electric solutions.

... Sebastian Renken

33 years old
System Developer Autonomous Driving for Daimler Trucks

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Why are IT and AI turning mobility upside down?
IT is already playing a major role in shaping the mobility of today. Vehicle innovation has been software-driven for the last 10-15 years. One such example are advanced driver assistance systems which have exponentially increased the level of automation in vehicles in recent years. Artificial Intelligence enables us to take the next significant steps forward into the future. Today we are able to apply environmental perception, machine vision and artificial neural networks in a vehicle setting. Moreover, hardware innovation is revolutionizing mobility. It is now possible to compute algorithms and data volumes vital for AI in real time.

What makes you a developer?
I have always been passionate about technology and I often think about how I can best use innovation in my work. This is something I also practice in my personal life. Before I buy an IT product, I first try to build something comparable. For example, I try to develop solutions for home automation and networking or to use open source solutions that I have configured.

What #NextBigThing are you currently working on?
I am working with my team on automated driving according to level 4 of heavy commercial vehicles. For this project we are in close contact with our colleagues from Daimler Trucks North America and Mercedes-Benz Passenger Car Development. Personally, I am involved in the perception and interpretation of vehicle environments using cameras and lidar sensors. This is a next big thing! Automated driving according to level 4 means that a truck can drive without a driver. Technologically it is thrilling to see what is possible with sensors, algorithms and computers. With this, we will be able to further improve road safety. Daimler Trucks is already the technology leader in the field of advanced driver assistance systems. Therefore, highly automated trucks are an integral part of further revolutionizing the mobility of the future.

... Mohsen Sefati

33 years old
Big Data Handling in the Field of Autonomous Driving

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Why are IT and AI turning mobility upside down?
At Daimler, we are developing vehicles with a very high level of cognitive intelligence that behave optimally in complex and dynamic traffic situations. To do so, the vehicle has to perceive its surroundings without any errors, react according to the situation and do all of this safely and conveniently. This level of intelligence is only possible with Artificial Intelligence as well as an adapted IT structure. Developing new AI methods always takes place with Big Data in mind. These are very large data streams that we cannot evaluate with traditional data processing.

What makes you a developer?
I am a developer because I apply my ideas and creativity to innovations as well as new challenges. My task is to make the strengths and weaknesses of the autonomous vehicle comprehensible for all participants at every stage of development. I transform the abilities, performance and quality of the artificial intelligence developed into mathematical characteristic values and measures. The surroundings are represented and the vehicle is invited into various situations both real and simulative. We process the large data streams with methods from Data Analytics and target rare and critical situations so as to further develop the vehicle in the best possible way.

What #NextBigThing are you currently working on?
In tandem with many experts, we are currently working on a product that will shortly be on public roads. We are working on this in an agile working environment. Customer safety is always the main focus here. Internally, we talk about this project as the next "Mission to Mars". We are of course just joking, but that is our Next Big Thing!

... Tatiana Diyachenko

28 years old
Software Tester for Integrated Starter Generator

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Why are IT and AI turning mobility upside down?
Artificial Intelligence is still an "undiscovered" technology in many ways, but at the same time development moves fast and AI offers almost endless opportunities. Because of its efficiency and flexibility, it will significantly change all the areas it is used in

What makes you a developer?
I studied IT and worked in the telematics team for Mercedes me connect in Japan. That project was an important step closer to turning the car into a mobile assistant. Currently I am working in a project for ISG systems, which stands for Integrated Starting Generator. It is a powerful electric motor directly mounted to the engine. It generates electrical power for all electrical consumers and generates mechanical power to turn the engine and accelerate the car. ISG also actively smoothens all unwanted vibrations of the whole powertrain. My main task is to coordinate the testing activities to ensure the software quality.

Which #NextBigThing are you currently working on?
ISG systems are already integrated into our vehicles. Our #NextBigThing is to develop the electric motor even further, more efficiently and more powerful

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