EY: Merging Carmaking and Connectivity
As cars become capable of driving themselves, their occupants will have plenty of free time to go online or otherwise connect with the world around them as they travel. The question is: Who will provide those in-car services?
Peter Fuss, EY’s senior automotive advisory partner for Germany, Switzerland and Austria, says carmakers should take on both roles because new services add value and could generate huge profits. But Fuss says a major challenge will be synchronizing the pace of vehicle development and the speed with which new services are being invented.
An EY report, Can Driverless Cars Be the Destination? about the implications and possible strategies for carmakers can be downloaded HERE.
Continental, an automotive supplier that has a deep engineering bench, is making a huge organizational change, one that Dr. Elmar Degenhart, chairman of the executive board, explains is necessary because, as he puts it, “The industry is changing at a high pace, so we have to change, too.”
The latest wave of manufacturing execution systems takes advantage of the Internet of Things, leading to simpler and faster implementations and truly real-time data analysis, decision-making, and problem resolution.
Honda Motor Co. is launching a “SmartCharge” pilot program that allows customers to coordinate charging times for electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid for non-peak grid times.