Disruptive and digital technologies are accelerating the radical transformation of the automotive industry. The revolutionary future topics of mobility are mostly referred to using the C.A.S.E. acronym, for Connected, Autonomous, Shared, and Electric. Each of these technologies has the potential to fundamentally change the industry. However, when combined, they offer infinite possibilities for technological advancement and enable hitherto unimaginable alternatives for sustainable mobility systems.
How do we, at Hirschmann Automotive, face these trends and visions? At the product level, we develop innovations in order to be able to meet the promising mobility requirements at all levels. As COO, my goal is to leverage this potential to optimize the value chain. We are therefore working intensively on the digital transformation. Of course, we are not doing this for our own sake, but because we want to continue to inspire our customers through our innovative, fast, flexible, intelligent, and efficient tailor-made solutions. The four C.A.S.E. topics of the future are essential enablers on the way to the Hirschmann Automotive smart factory.
Connected: Participants in the value chain exchange their relevant information through real-time networking in order to make the best possible timely decisions based on transparency and intelligent data analysis. The existing information becomes available in the right place at the right time.
Autonomous: Transport robots autonomously take over internal transports while production machines use artificial intelligence to optimize the value-added processes. The benefits are plain to see: process reliability and increased performance, shorter processing times, greater flexibility, and optimized space utilization.
Shared: Production resources are used flexibly and efficiently to manufacture different customer-specific products. This maximizes the utilization of existing production resources.
Electric: We are relabeling this topic as “emission reduction”. Any use of resources is consistently optimized with a view to reduce or avoid emissions. Our actions at all our worldwide locations are governed by the conservation of resources and a responsible approach to the environment. Environmental protection plays a central role in the overall concept during the planning phase of new production facilities.