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Toni Polzin Team Leader, Telematics and Sound Always well connected – Toni Polzin is an expert in connectivity. What began for him with soldering irons and electronic circuit diagrams continues today with apps and data- recording devices. Inspired by his passion for IT and multimedia technology, 34-year-old Toni Polzin earned his degree in electrical engineering with a focus on communications technology and, following his thesis on the subject of “car-to-X communication”, went on to discover the thrill of uniting automobiles and IT. At the end of 2007, he got his start at Daimler AG as a trainee and after several positions shifted to Mercedes-AMG in the summer of 2016. What are you predominantly, Mr. Polzin: an IT nerd or a car junkie? Both. While the other guys were tinkering with the engine or the suspension on their cars, I was busy with soldering irons and electronic circuit diagrams. I worked with everything from the radio to hi-fi audio systems on up to making changes to the instruments and then went home to mess with the PC and install telephone systems. That was my way of living out my enthusiasm for technology. As a student you worked for a Japanese electronics company in Germany. How did you make the leap to automobiles? Japan is the common denominator. The prospect of a stay abroad brought me to Daimler as a trainee at the end of 2007, where I went to Yokohama pretty soon afterward for half a year on account of my experience. There, I worked on radio and TV reception. For Japanese customers, having a TV in the car is very important; a TV is definitely among the standard features for premium vehicles. But Japan wasn’t the only place you passed through as a trainee, was it? Right. For a few weeks I did ordinary shift work at the passenger car manufacturing plant and at a subsidiary, then I helped to design radio systems at Mercedes-Benz Trucks. After that, I worked for the Japanese and North American markets as a component and application manager for radio and TV systems. Since the summer of 2016, I’ve been at Mercedes-AMG and I am extremely excited about the various possibilities. Please explain to us briefly what exactly it is that you do. 136


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