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April 2022 | Platform

Automotive digitization: Digitization in the Automotive Sector: The Keys to Digital Transformation

The Spanish industry of automotive components is continuously looking for adapting to standars demanded by technology and automotive digitalization. In fact, up to 16 million vehicles on European roads -according to Berg Insigh- will have built-in Internet connection, therefore we can call them “smart phones on wheels”.

With this in sight, the automotive component suppliers are modernizing their productive processes and investing strongly in I+D. The process also involves relevant actors such as telecom companies or big-tech.

It should be understood that automotive digitization goes further than the driverless autonomous vehicle and now is getting into a scenario in which connectivity will be everything’s cornerstone and core. Connected mobility will work, for example, to assist both general and on-trip consumption being able pn this way to save time and fuel, two things every time more valued by car owners

Artificial intelligence applied to car digitalization

In essence, a connected vehicle is a built-in Internet car. Generally, these cars have also an access to a local wireless or satellite network which allows the vehicle to share Internet inside and outside the vehicle. It covers tasks from giving notices about speeding to remote activation of air conditioning before getting in the car.

Where does vehicle detailing station development look to? Without a doubt, one of the fields where automotive digitalization goes to is forecasting possible mechanical failures to decrease accident risk and increase driving safety. To do so, it relies on artificial intelligence and automatic learning.

On this way, the automotive digitalization moves to a predictive maintenance approach to be adopted by millions of cars through periodical component analysis, looking for accident-creating or immobilizing damages.

In the same way, the vehicle digitalization will allow making customized plans oriented to drivers’ safety, analyzing their driving style in factors such as use of safety belt’s mis-use or harsh breaking

Car digitalization in the Smart City context

In the same way that the application of technology leads us to a higher automotive digitalization, the cities, the environment which surrounds us are also oriented to become smart cities.

In this environment, the smart city and the well-known Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) will allow the information exchange in between vehicle and its environment with traffic lights or traffic signals among others. Furthermore, as a digital tachograph is mandatory from 2026, automotive digitalization will allow gathering information on kilometers, conduction times, resting times, etc. at real time and distance.

Having this coming scenario in mind, actions made by technical enterprises and telecommunication companies in the automotive digitalization context is every time more relevant. In the sense from Autoparts from Spain - a platform belonging to Sernauto which gather 30+ companies of Spanish automotive suppliers- we consider that technological enterprises devoted to automotive digitalization tasks will play and every-time more essential role as part of the automotive industry suppliers’ collective and the general automotion as a whole.

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