Škoda is testing the use of autonomous drones for stocktaking at its factory in Mladá Boleslav, Czechia. The drone is detecting, identifying and counting empty containers outside the factory from above, three times a day, and the data it collects is transferred to Škoda’s logistics department for processing. The drone, under testing since May 2018, Read More..
BASF Coatings is launching Auroom, a digital platform for automotive designers to map paint colours onto their models and visualize their appearance and effects. This is said to give a realistic impression of colour proposals at an early stage of the design process, including the effects of sparkling and lightness or colour ‘flop’, giving designers Read More..
There are major inconsistencies in automotive industry digital strategy – but also major opportunities, reports a global study by BearingPoint, a management and technology consultancy (developed from the former KPMG and Arthur Andersen consultancies). The research, carried out March-April 2018 included the survey of 90 automotive sector executives across Europe, Asia and the US, as well Read More..
Capgemini Invent, a digital consulting division of the global Capgemini group, is launching a consultancy service which promises to help automotive OEMs accelerate digitization across their business, identify new opportunities, and increase customer satisfaction. Smart Mobility Connect leverages strategy, technology, design, data analytics and artificial intelligence in three key areas: connected customer, using real-time data Read More..
Audi digital planning assistant recognised with Red Dot Design Award and German Design Award NewAudi SDK developed in partnership with Munich start-up Innoactive SDK to be integrated by the end of 2018 into wider Volkswagen Group VR platform, the Digital Reality Hub Audi has won a Red Dot Design Award and German Design Award Read More..
BMW is investing around €100 million in a new driving simulation facility at its FIZ Research and Innovation Centre, Munich. It describes this as to be the world’s most advanced of its kind, and says it will enable virtual testing of advanced assistance systems and display and control concepts for autonomous driving. The Driving Simulation Read More..
Consultancy firm McKinsey&Company has come up with a series of recommendations for successful digital transformation for Tier One automotive suppliers, noting that most in this sector have only recently started to develop new digital products, services and processes. It warns that, for example, scaling-up transformative measures can be hard; roadmaps are often either vague or Read More..
Volkswagen has confirmed an investment of over €3.5 billion into a digitization initiative to 2025. At a press conference in Berlin, executives outlined the strategy and a series of measures to speed up the development of its digital ecosystem. Jürgen Stackmann, Volkswagen brand board member, outlined and reiterated the idea of the car as a Read More..
Few companies have realized the full potential of digitization of manufacturing at a large scale, a survey by the McKinsey & Company management consultancy has found. Its fourth annual Digital Manufacturing Global Expert study claims that while 92% of the respondents from firms around the world felt that their company was at the forefront of Read More..
Automated systems supplier Kuka, based in Augsburg, Germany, has taken an order from Chinese automaker GAC NE (New Energy) for 430 industrial robots. These will be deployed to build electric vehicles in this GAC Group division’s new production plant in Guangzhou, for joining and handling tasks at the body-in-white stage. The KR Quantec [pictured] and Read More..