The German automotive corporation Daimler is planning to create 3.000 new jobs for software programmers worldwide. The news, as reported by the automotive industry newspaper Automobilwoche on Sunday, comes as Daimler’s efforts to strengthen the company’s software hubs in the Berlin, Tel Aviv, Seattle, and Beijing centers are on the rise.
Commonly known and referred to as Mercedes-Benz, Daimler will create 1.000 of the 3.000 new jobs in Sindelfingen, a city in Baden-Württemberg in south Germany and home to a Mercedes-Benz assembly plant, with a software campus also in plans at the traditional Daimler location south of Stuttgart.
The software campus is part of Daimler’s bigger plans to promote a separate operating system for the cars since the company is also working on its MBOS, otherwise known as the Mercedes Benz Operating System, “a software-driven holistic approach from embedded software development to IOT and intelligent cloud.”
“With this system, Mercedes-Benz has the central control of all vehicle domains and thus the customer interfaces,” Sajjad Khan, chief technology officer at Daimler’s flagship Mercedes brand, stated, according to Automobilwoche.
The MBOS system will run electric-only vehicles and is expected to be available in 2024, a decisive move for the German automaker to face Tesla as a direct rival.
Daimler CEO Dieter Zetsche had recently informed journalists that the number of operators at the company would sink “noticeably” in 2022.
At the end of September, Stuttgart-based Daimler employed around 260,000 bodies worldwide – almost 1,000 fewer than a year earlier. Its German workforce lost 5,200 jobs in 2021 to reach its current level of 163,500.
Zetsche put Daimler on a cost-effective administration last spring, cutting working hours, amongst other measures. This move saved the company 3.5 billion euros by September. But given the advanced breakdown of the luxury car and truck market, Daimler is still trying to lower costs considerably.