Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America (MBRDNA) will open the doors to its sixth R&D lab this fall. The focus of the new downtown Seattle facility will be on cloud computing to expand and enhance connected car functionality in Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

Plans call for the new digital hub to expand to 150 people. It will be headed by Mike Dosenbach, who has worked for more than 10 years in Seattle with a broad experience and network to the software industry. Said Dosenbach, "We believe Seattle is the right spot to attract the best cloud talent for us. As the first OEM with a lab for cloud development in Seattle, we commit to this area and see the new office as a long-term investment." The firm is searching for software developers, DevOps engineers, and software architects to join the team.

MBRDNA has been headquartered in Silicon Valley since 1995, with key areas of autonomous driving, advanced interaction design, digital user experience, machine learning, customer research, and the Lab1886 Incubator. In Redford, MI, the focus is on powertrain and eDrive technology as well as in Long Beach, where the E-Mobility Group advances developments in the North American market for hydrogen fuel cell and battery electric vehicles. The Testing and Regulatory Affairs Division in Ann Arbor and the Advanced Vehicle Design in Carlsbad complete the competence center.

Mercedes-Benz says its R&D facilities are designed for creative, collaborative work, with an open and flexible environment to allow their employees to push boundaries. More information is available at