Our Successful Collaboration with Microsoft
We are excited to share that, on behalf of Mercedes-Benz USA, Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables was chosen as the test dealership to determine the best way to implement special technology to handle challenging repair issues in service. Our team worked with a Microsoft team to utilize HoloLens 2 headsets containing Microsoft Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, a mixed reality app that that allows onsite dealership technicians to work handsfree sharing real-time views and sounds of the vehicle while talking with Mercedes-Benz technical specialists. The remote MB specialists can provide valuable insight and technological guidance to help complete complex maintenance issues in record time, without ever leaving their office.
As a result of this successful trial, Mercedes-Benz USA is outfitting all of its authorized American dealerships with HoloLens 2 headsets.
"This is a massive shift in the way we do business-helping us to serve our customers more quickly- and is especially timely with the new realities of COVID-19 and our desire to keep employees safe," said Christian Treiber, Vice President of Customer Services at MBUSA. "Today's vehicles feature more than 100 million lines of software code. Through our partnership with Microsoft, we have a new paradigm for technology support and communication that helps our dealers and technicians master the complexity of these vehicles while eliminating travel time and onsite visits. It's like having an expert on your shoulder."
The game changing Mercedes-Benz Virtual Remote Support:
- Enhances our customers' experience providing faster service turnaround
- Decreases the time it takes to resolve maintenance questions increasing the productivity and efficiency of dealer technicians
- In times of COVID-19, it creates a remote work environment without eliminating the important collaboration between remote and onsite technical experts
- Reduces the environmental impact of service-related travel
"I'm thrilled by the transformation made possible by our partnership with Mercedes-Benz USA. By leveraging HoloLens 2 and Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, Mercedes-Benz USA has seen rapid time to value, moving from proof of concept to broad deployment in a matter of months," said Alysa Taylor, Corporate Vice President, Business Applications and Global Industry Marketing, Microsoft. "Microsoft is honored to be part of Mercedes-Benz USA's disruption of the automotive industry and change the way they provide services for their customers."
How it works: we see what you see.
Whether simply inspecting a vehicle to make decisions about body repair or to solve more complex situations that require a collaborative diagnostic plan, with Mercedes-Benz Virtual Remote Support, the onsite technician puts on the HoloLens 2 headset and has immediate, real time support from Mercedes-Benz technical specialists anywhere in the United States. Leveraging Dynamics 365 Remote Assist, the remote specialist can see exactly what the technician is seeing at the dealership. Working in a mixed reality environment, it is an immersive experience where they both can view intricate 3D images and holograms, see where changes need to be made, annotate the visual information, add documents, insert arrows, circles and more all to highlight areas on which to focus.
"We save so much time not having to go back and forth, uploading information, asking questions, waiting for a response." says Matias Scolnik, shop foreman at Mercedes-Benz of Coral Gables, one of the dealerships that piloted the technology. "To get cars back to the owners - diagnosed, fixed, washed and ready to roll - in a fraction of the time, this has a huge impact on our ability to provide excellent customer service."
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