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Dassault Systemes' Charles says in-car electronics are too complex (Photo: Dassault Systemes)

Dassault Systemes CEO Bernard Charles expects big changes in car engineering as the industry deploys new product design and development technologies.

In a telephone interview with automotiveIT, Charles, who has headed the Paris-based maker of 3D design and product lifecycle management software since 1995, said engineering and manufacturing will increasingly focus on the experience provided rather than on the product itself. "I believe we are at a turning point," Charles said.

The Dassault Systemes boss also said in-car electronics are too complex and he predicted that virtual design technologies will pave the way for more simplicity.

Charles also says the advent of 3D printers will have a big impact on the auto industry, especially in the area of spare parts manufacturing.

The entire interview with Charles is available in the latest edition of the automotiveIT international Executive Report. To subscribe, please go to: www.automotiveIT.com/executive-report.