Mercedes Relying On Bangalore Data Scientists To Improve Car Quality

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The German automobile manufacturer, Mercedes-Benz, is taking a first of its kind initiative to rely on data scientists in the Bangalore research unit to improve the quality of their cars.

The Mercedes-Benz Research and Development Facility will get a team of 50 data scientists by the end of this year, who will make analysis based on the data collected and share it with their head office in Germany. This will lead to components lasting longer, as told by an executive.

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Manu Saale, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India (MBRDI) said that Bangalore is the Silicon Valley for India and all the ideas, startups, crunching new technology and digesting is happening right here.

The team of 50 scientists will analyse both structured and unstructured data that is needed to for building a car. Saale says until now, all major automakers have outsourced this kind of work and Mercedes is the first to have an in house team.

Also, the step towards data analytics in India by Mercedes recognises India becoming a hub for data scientists.

Ray Wang of Constellation Research, feels that India needs to take more steps if the country has to realise its ambition of becoming the data analytics capital.

He says there needs to be higher reliability in the electric and computing infrastructure. The biggest worry would be grid reliability.

The management team at MBRDI said that they are in talks with IT outsourcers, like IBM, TCS and Infosys to outsource any additional data.

The outsourced team will have 100 members who will work along with the in house scientist team.


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Story first published: Tuesday, August 12, 2014, 12:37 [IST]
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