OREANDA-NEWS German automaker Mercedes-Benz has opened a new building as part of the modernization of a research center in Shanghai, investing 69 million yuan ($9.71 million) in this project, Xinhua news agency reports.

The center, consisting of laboratories, test boxes and other areas, will provide highly efficient software and hardware development, as well as comprehensive environmental simulation, which makes it possible to facilitate various types of testing, including V2X (a data exchange system between a car and other objects).

"China is one of the key drivers of technological progress in the global automotive industry. Over the years, we have invested heavily in R&D in the country, accumulated innovative potential through the integration of manufacturing organizations, educational institutions and research institutes, and also promoted electric mobility and intellectual transformation with all our might," said Hubertus Troska, Member of the Board of Mercedes-Benz Group AG.

He noted that the R&D team in China is "the most advanced in Mercedes-Benz in this field outside of Germany." She is "the company's vanguard in global innovation and a trendsetter of future trends," Troska added.