There isn’t a single industry that doesn’t benefit from the advancement of technology. Just look at how technology is evolving business with artificial intelligence, VR, virtual systems and automation. Processes are streamlined, less energy used, and business operations less time-consuming and manual.
The automotive industry is enjoying a lot of change and improvements for the consumer and production due to technology disruption. For example, the consumer now has more choice of vehicles and what they run on, i.e. hydrogen, electricity, or gas. In automotive production, technology has sped up the manufacturing and delivery of parts.
In this blog article, we look in more detail at what technology is helping evolve the automotive industry.
Automation and Artificial Intelligence
Hands-free everything. More and more items that you use regularly are becoming hands-off, i.e. hands-free. While they’re not here yet for use on public roads, for your next car you may be keen to consider a self-driving car. Or an electric car that’s also using AI and a lot of automation.
For example, many new vehicles are fitted with laser rangefinders, GPS, sensors, and cameras to navigate entirely by themselves, so it won’t be long before you can drive on the highway, in rush hour, and in harsh weather conditions is assisted by this technology. The internal mapping becomes more intelligent over time, and the cars are then driven and updated by databases.
Self-driving cars will allow commuters time to work, catch up on phone calls, and do other tasks as they do not have to pay attention to the roads. In a way, cars will become a hands-free mode of transportation, much like trains or buses but moving in a specific route – such as the one you’ve keyed into the navigation system.
Not only is it a more practical use of time, but it also makes driving much safer as there would be no room for human error, which causes 94% of all auto accidents.
Not a technology that first comes to mind when thinking of the automotive industry, but 3d printing has made a huge impact already. Components such as battery covers, bumpers, and interior consoles can be printed using various materials.
Being able to 3d print these items helps manufacturers save both time and money. Prototyping can also be performed much quicker, allowing companies to test new ideas sooner.
It’s already in our homes and mobile devices. It should be no surprise that it’s becoming a staple in modern cars.
Smart technology combines voice activation, gestures, and touch screen capabilities to create the ultimate convenience. We can already see this in many vehicles, with Bluetooth phone calls, voice GPS, and similar features. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are two of the pioneers for smart music. As this technology develops, we can expect more features to integrate driving with our devices.
Supply chain management
Logistics and the supply chain are important components of a business, especially large scale operations. Trucks, trains, and other vehicles are commonly used to transport products.
With the help of data collection, automation, and software, fleet management is an emerging service for the automotive industry. They help businesses manage fleets of vehicles, fuelling, reports, and logistics decision making.
One of the most extensive areas affecting the automotive industry is safety. One of the most apparent perks is parking assistance through cameras. Not only does this help prevent damage to cars, but it also keeps nearby people safe as they are in a better view. Advanced braking systems and traction control also help drivers remain safe on the road.
Driving plays a significant role in the daily lives of many people. As technology develops, both consumers and manufacturers will reap the benefits. Driving itself will become more automated, safety will improve, and convenient features will continue to be added. The production of vehicles can become increasingly faster and at a lower cost.
If you’re keen to read more see this business article on self-driving trucks changing the face of business.