Partners for globally connected cars

Sep 22, 2016

T-Systems has won Daimler over with its IT expertise once again and will provide the third generation of the "Daimler Vehicle Backend".
T-Systems will continue to provide Daimler's connected car platform in future.
The Daimler Vehicle Backend (DaiVB) is the premium manufacturer's connected car platform. It provides online services from the cloud to the drivers of more than two million connected vehicles around the globe – in China, Europe and North and South America. “Together with Daimler, we are the driving force behind the digitization of the automotive industry, modernizing the associated platforms and making them more flexible. We scored points with the consistently high quality of service we have provided over many years,” says Reinhard Clemens, CEO of T-Systems and a member of the Deutsche Telekom Management Board.

Over two million vehicles connected worldwide

The back-end system supplies the COMAND Online multimedia system from Daimler, which is standard equipment in all new cars in the premium segment and an optional accessory for all other models. As a result, T-Systems will continue to develop and operate these online services for the next vehicle generation: when the driver turns the ignition key, real-time traffic information, for example, is sent to the on-board navigation system. Mercedes apps like the hotel and parking finders offer extra convenience on the road; the automatic call system provides assistance in an emergency. The solution, powered by T-Systems, is on board in more than two million vehicles worldwide.

Modernization of mainframes and IT applications

As a partner in the connected car concept, T-Systems not only develops, maintains and operates the connected car platform for the car company; it is also running modernizing Daimler's mainframes and IT applications. The two companies have committed to a concept that entails deployment of the latest mainframe hardware which will enable the carmaker to draw on IT services even more flexibly, on demand. The two partners also want to focus more on standard software in order to make the operation of IT applications even more efficient, such as in production and distribution. Since Daimler's computing capacities are distributed among several data centers around the globe, T-Systems employees from nearly every corner of the earth are responsible for the project – whether in Mexico, China or Germany.
In addition to all that, T-Systems and Daimler joined forces to develop an upgrade solution for existing Mercedes Benz vehicles: a Bluetooth adapter and the corresponding app enables customers to connect to the digital world. The Mercedes me adapter has been available since the spring of 2016.