Olaf Schick

Olaf Schick

Head of Group Compliance and Chief Compliance Officer

Smart mobility needs data – opportunities and risks

Connected, autonomous driving as part of a mobility or service concept and with electric drive: That is what the future of mobility will look like.

Data is an important building block of intelligent mobility. It has never been easier to get from one place to another than it is already today, thanks to data and the intelligent interlinking of a wide range of mobility systems. But data is not only an important factor for personal convenience, it can also contribute to safety.

Collecting data is important for automated and autonomous driving for a variety of reasons. Data also plays an important role in questions of liability: It makes it possible to determine whether the automatic system was active or whether the human driver steered the vehicle. The legislator has realized that this data is an important factor in automated driving, and in drafting the first legal framework for the introduction of automated driving has introduced provisions for a mandatory operating mode recorder.

The opportunities to shape smart mobility based on data are huge. However, the goal must also be to consider potential effects on privacy and security in using the data. We take this responsibility very seriously. Daimler’s key cornerstones are transparency, self-determination, customer benefit and safety of all products. Data protection is of key importance. In addition, the responsible and secure handling of data is a prerequisite for the acceptance of smart mobility in society.


Olaf Schick was born on February 15, 1972 in Tübingen. He studied law at the Universities of Nantes (France) and Mainz (Germany). In 1999, he gained a Master of Laws LL.M. at the University of Notre Dame, London.

Following various positions as a lawyer, he joined the Legal department at Daimler AG in 2004. As a legal specialist, he was active in the Mergers & Acquisitions department, and was Head of Mergers & Acquisitions at Daimler Greater China from 2010 until 2015. From 2015 to 2017, he was Chief Financial Officer at Mercedes-Benz Russia. Since March 2017, Olaf Schick has been Head of Group Compliance at Daimler AG and Chief Compliance Officer.