Volkswagen is reorganizing its global R&D operations in a new division to be called “Volkswagen Group Innovation.” The unit will bring all international innovation-related activities, including research centers in California, Europe and Asia, under one roof.
The BMW IT Technology Innovation and Research Center in the US is both a research lab and closely aligned to the carmaker’s production in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Bennie Vorster, who leads special projects there, talks to automotiveIT International about industrializing new tech, and making sure AI assists workers.
Digitalization is a core part of the corporate strategy at Trumpf and IT plays a big role in the plans. Thilo Press, CIO of the German maker of machine tools since 2015, recently talked to automotiveIT about the digitalization of products and processes, the potential of artificial intelligence and the need for IT to be a fully integrated part of the company’s business. Following are edited excerpts from the interview:
Porsche CIO Mattias Ulbrich, who headed IT at Volkswagen Group’s premium brand Audi until last year, wants to make digital transformation an emotional and passionate mission at the carmaker. He talks to automotiveIT about new business models, artificial intelligence and the need to invest in IT modernization.
Like automotive firms, agricultural equipment maker AGCO is planting the seeds of transformation, implementing a common global IT infrastructure, more digital manufacturing processes and an agile approach to IT service and development.
ZF Friedrichshafen plans to demonstrate its IoT platform to help create a “seamless supply chain” at the Hannover Messe, in a bid to show that data, connectivity and digital twins hold the key to manufacturing and logistics improvements.
CIO Raman Mehta is leading a dramatic modernization of Visteon’s IT and IS architecture and enterprise systems, helping the cockpit electronics supplier to further digitalize its engineering, production and supply chain.
Christian Patron is head of innovation, digitalisation, data analytics at BMW Group. Paul Fisher spoke to him about how BMW’s culture of innovation is pushing further into creating a more agile production process.