Digital technology

  • Future EV
    Article

    Greater expectations: brighter days will return for the automotive industry

    2019-09-24T06:00:00Z

    Although automotive OEMs will face years of stagnant vehicle sales, a stronger recovery thereafter will bring growth back up to long run averages and herald a return to stronger profits. By then, however, the industry is likely to have undergone further consolidation.

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    Article

    Electrification poses cost and technology risk for automotive supply chain

    2019-09-19T07:00:00Z

    The high R&D, production and supply chain costs of electric vehicles could mean that OEMs will be selling most at a loss for years to come, according to a report by Automotive from Ultma Media.

  • US light vehicle sales, PWC forecast
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    US automotive market to struggle against backdrop of global challenges

    2019-09-17T17:37:00Z

    US light vehicle sales forecast by PWC, covering 2015-2025 Vehicle sales in the US are predicted to slow down from next year, and with a possible recession on the way carmakers and their suppliers could face a difficult few years, delegates heard at last week’s 20 ...

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    Harmonising the supply chain

    2019-09-17T16:01:00Z

    As supply chains grow more complex, automotive companies need a reliable way to keep track of parts movements and alert them to any delays. Andrew Williams investigates a ‘visibility platform’ from German start-up Synfioo

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    Article

    AL Global Detroit report: Dark times ahead for US automotive industry

    2019-09-17T14:25:00Z

    As overall US vehicle sales slow down and EV sales remain stagnant, there are concerns that some OEMs are chasing new-generation technologies at the expense of their existing business – potentially setting up a ‘make or break’ scenario in the near future.

  • Schaeffler AV ceremony China
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    Schaeffler to boost autonomous driving in China

    2019-09-16T14:27:00Z

    Matthias Zink (third from left), CEO Automotive OEM at Schaeffler AG and Hu Zhongxiong, mayor of Changsha (second from right) with German chancellor Dr. Angela Merkel and Chinese premier Li Keqiang. (Image: German Federal Government/Steffen Kugler) Automotive parts and technology supplier Schaeffler has signed an investment ...

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    Daimler tests automated trucks on public roads

    2019-09-11T13:35:00Z

    Daimler Trucks and its newly acquired business, Torc Robotics, which specialises in automated driving technology, have moved to the next stage of their autonomous truck trials in the US. The companies announced that they have been trying out automated lorries with Level 4 technology on highways in ...

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    VW hosts hackathon to develop digital supply chain

    2019-09-11T10:33:00Z

    German vehicle maker Volkswagen (VW) held a hackathon to develop computer-based systems to make it easier to monitor compliance with human rights and environmental protection along complex supply chains. Goods and services involved can pass through up to nine stages in various countries in Latin America, ...

  • Hyundai exoskeleton
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    Hyundai invests in wearable robots

    2019-09-11T09:02:00Z

    The Hyundai Motor Group has developed two wearable robots to assist production line employees. The innovations may also become a revenue stream for the group, which plans to commercialise its production. Company engineers have created what they call a vest exoskeleton (vex), worn like a backpack ...

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    Zenzic maps out the future of autonomous driving in the UK

    2019-09-10T16:03:00Z

    Government and industry partnership Zenzic launched a roadmap for the introduction of self-driving vehicles in the UK at a press conference in London last week. The UK Connected and Automated Mobility Roadmap (CAM) to 2030 was created with input from more than 150 organisations to provide a ...

  • Jeff Schipper
    Article

    In an age of disruptive change for the automotive industry, digital manufacturing technology is coming to the rescue

    2019-08-20T10:57:00Z

    Demands from buyers for the latest vehicle technology and custom options are having a significant impact on automotive manufacturers and their partners. 

  • Starsky Robotics truck
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    Loadsmart and Starsky claim autonomous truck first

    2019-08-14T11:25:00Z

    The first dispatch by truck on public road without any human intervention has taken place in Texas, US, say digital freight broker Loadsmart and autonomous truck startup Starsky Robotics. For the initial journey, a lorry picked up a load in Dallas and delivered it the ...

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    BMW employs AI for logistics processes in Europe

    2019-07-17T09:33:00Z

    Artificial intelligence (AI) is playing an increasing role in the logistical aspects of production at BMW’s plants, with the first smart AI control application making its debut at the Steyr engine factory in Austria. BMW is using a camera station at Steyr to identify whether a container ...

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    Automotive Logistics to hold first Middle East and North Africa conference in Dubai

    2019-07-16T13:13:00Z

    Automotive Logistics is increasing its focus on the Middle East and Africa with a new conference and increased editorial coverage

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    Gefco acquires Chronotruck to improve digital services

    2019-07-16T09:59:00Z

    Logistics provider Gefco has purchased Chronotruck, which connects shippers and carriers through its digital platform…

  • AL Global Munich
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    Tariffs, trade and technology drive the European supply chain into a new era

    2019-07-10T11:34:00Z

    The European logistics sector is undergoing unprecedented change. Britain’s exit from the EU and the red tape of regulation are among its biggest challenges, delegates heard at the Automotive Logistics Global Munich conference last week. Christoph Stürmer Autofacts global lead analyst PWC revealed that ...

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    AIAG automotive supply chain 2025 online survey

    2019-07-10T08:34:00Z

    The Automotive Industry Action Group (AIAG) is currently hosting an online automotive supply chain survey as part of its Supply Chain 2025 initiative, which is designed to identify, rank and explore the top trends affecting automotive supply chain strategies between now and 2025. The US ...

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    Rise of smart cars heralds supply chain disruption, says Alliance’s Mark Sutcliffe

    2019-07-09T14:56:00Z

    Despite the fact that global total industry volume (TIV) is likely to drop by 7% or 8% this year, longer term growth is forecast to be huge, said Mark Sutcliffe, senior vice president of industrial strategy and supply chain management (SCM) at the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi (RNM) Alliance…

  • Blockchain
    Interview

    Blockchain: Potential unlocked?

    2019-07-04T11:30:00Z

    Vehicle-makers, tier supplies and logistics providers are progressing with ‘digital ledger’ technology that provides greater visibility and control over complex supply chains

  • VR, Seat
    Article

    Logistics 4.0: How smart technologies are lifting logistics to another level

    2019-07-04T11:12:00Z

    After a period of exploration, OEMs, tier suppliers and logistics providers are getting serious about making their operations smarter and more connected – Logistics 4.0 is here