Immendingen will play a key role in developing the mobility of the future. The new state-of-the-art Daimler Testing and Technology Center is currently under construction on an area of 520 hectares in this town northwest of Lake Constance. This is where the latest technologies of the auto industry will be developed, tested and brought to market maturity.
Daimler is investing around 200 million euros in the site. A total of 300 people will be employed at the Immendingen facility in the future. Completion is scheduled for 2018. The Daimler brand Mercedes-Benz has summarized the four strategic future pillars of Connected (C), Autonomous (A), Shared (S) and Electric (E) under CASE. Immendingen will be an important site for the further development of these mobility topics.
In Immendingen, we are shaping the mobility of the future. Our goal is to develop and test innovative vehicles. At the Testing and Technology Center, we will test new driving safety systems and focus on the implementation of autonomous driving.
Mercedes-Benz has been intensively pressing ahead with developments on the road toward autonomous driving for years. What is already possible today is impressively demonstrated by the new Mercedes-Benz E-Class with Drive Pilot. Its key features include partially automated driving on freeways, country roads and even in cities, as well as assistance with lane changes on multi-lane highways, for example, when passing. With the new Group brand "EQ" for electric vehicles, there is an even stronger focus on electrification of the powertrain. The employees in Immendingen will play their part in the development and testing of such systems.
Construction work for the Testing and Technology Center began in early 2015 with the ground-breaking ceremony at a former training area of the German Federal Armed Forces. The testing modules will gradually be taken into service upon completion. For example, the so-called rough-road test track has been in use since 2015. In the meantime, visible progress has already been made in the construction of the oval circuit, the test straight and the so-called Bertha area. The Bertha area is named after the German automotive pioneer Bertha Benz, who undertook the first long-distance journey in an automobile in 1888. The Bertha area in Immendingen will be used especially for testing in connection with autonomous driving.
Starting in September 2017, the first engineers will begin work at the new facility. Katharina Kupferschmid, who visited the construction site in October 2016, is one of them: "Intelligent driving assistance systems reduce the burden on the driver, such as on the freeway. The driving assistance systems will be tested at the new Testing and Technology Center in Immendingen on the specially designed "Bertha area". For me as a development engineer for driving assistance systems, this will offer new and even better opportunities to press ahead with the technologies of the future."
Daimler is adopting a policy of openness and transparency in Immendingen.
"We are constantly in an open and transparent dialog with all stakeholders. We are also continuing our constructive and critical cooperation with the nature conservation and environmental protection associations in connection with the extensive compensation measures and are engaged in an exchange of opinions. Our objective is to enable technological progress in harmony with nature. For example, the wildlife passage, which crosses the entire site, is taking shape," said Dr. Lothar Ulsamer, Head of Federal and Municipal Projects at Daimler AG.
Interested citizens can view the progress of the construction site at any time. At the page http://www.baustellenfuehrung-immendingen.de it is possible to register for a public tour of the site. In addition, the Daimler Forum in the center of Immendingen is open to all citizens for questions and as a point of contact. Changing exhibits at the Daimler Forum provide information on the progress of construction, as well as on topics like environmental protection and safety technology.
Contact Persons Immendingen Project
Project manager Testing and Technology Center Immendingen
Dr. Lothar Ulsamer
Leiter föderale und kommunale Projekte
Bachzimmerer Strasse 9
Tel: (0 74 62) 9 24 22 94
Head of Workforce Management RD and
Personnel Issues Testing and Technology Center Immendingen