Headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, Daimler is one of the world’s most successful car manufacturers and an innovation leader in the field of advanced driver assistance systems and automated driving. The company is focusing on innovative and green technologies as well as on safe and superior automobiles like Mercedes-Benz cars.
In 2010, Daimler decided to focus on its core competence—delivering innovative vehicles—instead of pursuing software development. That meant finding the best software partner to build a strategic alliance with. Daimler sought the best expertise in software development and a company that could help from the first concept to lifetime care.
Daimler was looking for a partner to take over functions and implementation models, software implementation, module testing, and integration testing. Interfaces had to be described and a common language defined in a very short time to maintain functionality, timelines, and quality. The biggest challenge would be smoothly integrating the new development partner into Daimler’s ongoing development processes.
The successful partnership between EB and Daimler started in 2010. Due to a very strong local presence EB was quickly able to take over the development environment in a smooth transition. Three phases guaranteed the seamless, flowing acquisition of software development and integration by EB:
- Observing and learning
- Pilot projects: accepting responsibility and taking over some functions
- The complete takeover of responsibility for integration during the active phase of operation
EB implemented an iterative process and continuous optimizations, e. g., “continuous integration”. EB provides innovation and variant handling (including complexity management) by using the Software Factory, a concept for automated software engineering that ensures efficiency in terms of time, costs, and quality.
Quotation from Joachim Missel
Senior Manager Camera-Systems and Parking-Assistance, Mercedes-Benz Cars, Daimler
“Thanks to EB’s expertise in developing automotive-grade software for driver assistance, we are able to deliver vehicles with a maximum of safety, quality, and performance.”
More than 230 version releases with 75 series approvals were delivered on schedule between 2010 and 2013. Daimler and EB benefit from the win-win situation of ISO 26262 (functional safety). Experts from both houses have worked very closely since 2010, so that the topic of ISO 26262 is now naturally considered and implemented in the development process.
Thanks to this valuable partnership, Daimler is able to concentrate on driver assistance algorithm development and self-driving vehicles. Passing progressively more tasks and responsibilities to Elektrobit supports Daimler’s goal of focusing on their core competence: building innovative cars. At present driver assistance software developed with the support of EB covers the whole Daimler fleet—from smart to the S-Class 2013 and C-Class 2014.