You can find out how beer price correlates with overall economy during a bus ride. You can learn about the research on vehicle connectivity at our Tel Aviv Tech Hub while you’re sweating at the gym. You can listen to someone telling you the special tricks the restorers of our vintage vehicles make use of while you’re driving in your very own car. Or you can find out more about how Daimler shapes the future of mobility while you are talking a walk. In our Daimler Podcast we’ve got them all! This is where our employees from around the world tell their very own stories. No matter whether they work in Sindelfingen or Tel Aviv, no matter whether they are CEO or trainee. Our first English episode is available since April 8, 2019. The first season ended after 10 episodes, 5 in German and 5 in English, in June 2019. But don’t worry, we are working on a second season which will be published this year!
#02.03 | Ola Källenius on strategy, luxury – and a very special piece of bread
How does Ola Källenius want to refocus Mercedes-Benz AG strategically? How does he intend to reconcile luxury, electrification and digitization with swabian cost efficency? And what was it actually like for him to switch to the role of CEO? That is what the CEO of Daimler AG and Mercedes-Benz AG, Ola Källenius, talks about in this HeadLights episode. He explains in detail how he intends to have the "world's most desirable cars" built and what is behind the "moonshot project“ Vision EQXX. He talks about how he deals with difficult decisions such as reducing personnel costs. And he reveals what a piece of bread has to do with his personal luxury experience.
#02.02 | Hey Mercedes II: What MBUX skills can we expect in the future, Georges Massing?
The infotainment-system MBUX wants to be on equal terms with other voice assistants like Siri, Google or Alexa. Which skills can we therefore expect from MBUX in the near future? Georges Massing, Vice President Digital Vehicle & Mobility tells us in the second episode of his interview with HeadLights. He reveals how Mercedes customers use MBUX most commonly and explains, why he’s a fan of cooperations with competitors on a software level.
#02.01 | Hey Mercedes I: What differentiates MBUX from other Infotainment-Systems, Georges Massing?
MBUX can check the stock market, order a chauffeur to drive your car back home or tell you whether your favorite team won or lost that important match today. Admittedly: What MBUX can do for you, still depends on the country the system is used. But since its world premiere, the infotainment system has been praised for its voice control management, which doesn’t even require special commands. The development of the infotainment system MBUX and its integration into our vehicles is one of the responsibilities of Georges Massing, Vice President Digital Vehicle & Mobility at Mercedes-Benz AG. In this episode of HeadLights he speaks about the inspirational moment he had when talking to his five-year-old son about voice control, he reveals which features of MBUX he likes the most and he explains, why we decided to launch the system first in our new A-Class.
HeadLights Special: Tim Höttges and Ola Källenius talk about the future of software, culture and the planet
Future of software, future of culture, future of the planet: When the CEOs of two of the biggest German companies meet up and chat for almost an hour, you can be sure that they will speak about all the topics the world of business is currently dealing with. In this special episode of HeadLights, Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges and Daimler CEO Ola Källenius discuss how we can keep our personal freedom without affecting our planet. Ola Källenius explains how Daimler wants to catch up with Tesla on the software side of their cars. And both of them discuss which new skills we need to transform the culture of traditional companys – so that they are ready for a world with open software and worldwide communities.
#01.05 | Engineering with passion: What is so special about building school buses, Leslie Kilgore?
Leslie Kilgore is Vice President of Engineering at Thomas Built Buses in High Point, North Carolina. She is responsible for product development of the school buses: The design, the testing, the analysis. Innovations and technologies as well as supporting the production unit are also part of her daily work.
#01.04 | What3Words: How can a navigation app change the world, Clare Jones?
Clare Jones is CCO of the Daimler venture What3Words, a navigation program that displays the world in a grid of 3x3 meters. Each of these squares is labelled with a combination of three words. This means that it is even possible to find places not allocated to a specific street.