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Born 1982 Education Graduate degree (polytech) in electrical engineering/ telecommunications and IT Occupation Engineer Area of responsibility Team Leader, Telematics and Sound Hobbies Fitness, snowboarding, backpacking, tennis A perfect workday is: Experiencing the ingenious features and systems live and on the track in a Mercedes-AMG! Our cars have to be clearly identifiable as Mercedes-AMG in every respect, and the same thing obviously goes for instruments and sporty visuals in the display panels. This is not simply about the look and feel but more and more about the genuine features that add up to make a Mercedes-AMG. We want to affect the senses, to make technology something that the customer can experience. For example, we depict the engine and suspension in a very vivid way. Naturally, the vehicle has many other sporty features too. Can you give us a real-world example of your work? AMG Track Pace. With this technology, the driver of a Mercedes-AMG can make use of the vehicle’s integrated sensor system to optimize his or her driving skills on the racetrack. After recording a ride using AMG Track Pace, the driver can enter an analytical mode to view detailed parameters such as the position of the gas and brake pedals, g-forces, turbocharger boost or the temperatures of the oil and transmission. Many well-known racetracks are already stored in the system complete with curve shapes and lap times. On these racetracks, Mercedes-AMG drivers can then train effectively and analyze their performance. Drivers can also record custom racetracks that aren’t included in the system yet and then race against themselves in order to work on their lap times. Is that comparable to the professional data recording used in racing? Yes, although our technology is essentially much more versatile and accessible. AMG Track Pace is displayed on the head unit, the central infotainment monitor, and a lot of information is also shown on the instrument cluster during the ride. At the end of it all, the data can be evaluated precisely — track by track, section by section. And, of course, the best rides can be uploaded to social media and compared with those of other drivers. That sounds a little like racing meets PlayStation. That’s a pretty good description of it. We were inspired in part by ultra-realistic, very sophisticated computer racing games. So your designers were allowed to really let loose? You bet. AMG Track Pace is a great example. That’s something we also want to extend into the world of smartphones. We also pulled out all the stops with Entertainment Sound — I can recommend the Mercedes-AMG GT specifically in that regard. Even at high volumes, there are crisp basses and a brilliant sound. What role does the AMG corporate culture play in technologies like these? If you have a passion to influence things, to be creative, but also to take responsibility, you will very rarely hear a “no” at AMG. I’m always amazed by how quickly you can implement ideas here. “Impossible” and “stagnation” are foreign words in Affalterbach. And what’s next on your list of innovations? Let’s put it this way: As more and more analogue readouts are replaced by display instruments and digitalization continues its inexorable advance into automobiles, my list of ideas is a long one. 137


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