Europe has managed to extend its leadership position in implementing Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, with the help of more pilot projects and higher investments, according to a new report. A study by management consultants Bain & Company says companies in Europe are implementing IoT technologies three times faster than the average competitor in the Read More..
Around the world, technology decision-makers at automotive OEMs and their suppliers are wrestling with some difficult decisions. How can they digitalise their supply chains in order to compete more effectively in the industry today, while at the same time preparing those supply chains for major disruption down the road? By Jessica Twentyman It’s a challenge Read More..
IBM and IoT service provider Sigfox have implemented a system to digitally track containers at French carmaker PSA Group. The so-called “Track&Trace” system allows PSA to optimize container rotation between its supplier sites and its car factories. Track&Trace is based on the IBM Watson cognitive computing technology and on the 0G IoT network developed by Read More..
Late 2018 Harley-Davidson announced LiveWire, it’s first all-electric motorcycle. IBM will provide cloud infrastructure for the new bike’s built-in HD Connect platform. The motorcycle is part of a transformation programme to help grow the business beyond its core markets. As in other automotive sectors, Harley-Davidson faces competition from new forms of mobility and electrification trends. Read More..
Ford Motor says it is the first automaker to work with Gravity Sketch, a 3D virtual reality tool that allows car designers to speed up their work. The software, built by a London startup, allows designers to start working with a 3D model right away, skipping the traditional phases of design that involve renderings of Read More..
A massive change in the Volkswagen Group’s IT system landscape is looming. In an interview late last year, Group CIO Martin Hofmann talks about the burden of VW’s technological legacy, cultural change within the company and the opportunities afforded by new technologies. By Hilmar Dunker and Yannick Polchow. Volkswagen Group has deliberately decided against establishing a Read More..
Jürgen Maidl, BMW’s senior vice president logistics, reveals the importance of developing innovative technologies in production logistics – and the benefits of thinking like a start-up. By Victoria Johns. Handling 31m parts and producing almost 10,000 vehicles each day, BMW is increasingly looking to digitalisation and Industry 4.0 innovations to help it organise its logistics Read More..
As in-car technology increases in sophistication, the use of telematics could provide better visibility of faults in the finished vehicle supply chain. By Malcolm Wheatley. Buy a new BMW, and it’s no surprise to find it stuffed with hi-tech telematics. But, the contrast between the hi-tech environment inside the vehicle and the more low-tech world outside it Read More..
Stefan Juraschek, vice president development electric-powertrain, outlines the company’s strategy for EV and battery supply chain. As part of a mixed drivetrain future, BMW will base its model range on a flexible platform. The company will be able to make agile choices of all-electric, hybrid drive or combustion engines, according to market demand. This will Read More..
Digital twins play a role in all digitalization projects but data consolidation slows down implementation
Digital twins are shaping up to be a key tool as automotive companies proceed with digitalization across the entire value chain. But it’s not easy to get a handle on these virtual representations. In a production environment, the concept of a digital twin is comparatively easy to grasp. It’s an obvious part of Industry 4.0 Read More..