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Daimler AG is reinforcing its involvement in research into artificial intelligence by participating in the Cyber Valley research initiative in Germany as a partner. The research alliance comprises the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems with its two facilities in Tübingen and Stuttgart, the University of Tübingen, the University of Stuttgart and six partners from industry.

Partly supported through the State of Baden-Württemberg, the Cyber Valley partners will establish new research groups and professorships in the fields of machine learning, robotics, and computer vision in a new research center in the Stuttgart-Tübingen area in Germany. A key element of the project will be the training of up to 100 doctoral students.

One of the aims of the scientific and business initiative is to create the same kind of constructive conditions for successful start-ups in the field of automated learning as Stanford University did in Silicon Valley in the field of digital technology. That is why Daimler is funding an endowed professorship for “Entrepreneurship in the Digital Transformation”.

With Cyber Valley, we are reinforcing the knowledge landscape in Baden-Württemberg and promoting a key future topic. Artificial intelligence has the potential to take digitization in the automotive industry to a new level, having left the realms of science fiction a long time ago. Progress with respect to autonomous driving and the many potential applications for development, production, sales or even entirely new mobility services prove this impressively.

—Anke Kleinschmit, Head of Group Research at Daimler

This will create one of Europe’s biggest research partnerships in the field of artificial intelligence, in which the state of Baden-Württemberg will invest more than €50 million in the years ahead.

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