Automotive manufacturers and suppliers both forecast substantial benefits from digitalisation in manufacturing including productivity gains, shorter lead times, more personalised vehicles and enhanced services for customers. There is a major opportunity to not only develop and implement company digitalisation strategy but also end to end supplier integration.
Areas of opportunity include:
- Collect, store and transmit data – sensors and tracking (e.g. RFID), communications interface & standards (enabling cyber physical digital transfer)
- Cloud based storage and service models, 5G, analyse data – predictive analytics, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software, Interact with data – virtual reality, mobile/tablet/watch, visualisation tools (e.g. Tableau)
- Crowdsourcing (sentiment analysis)
- Additive manufacturing techniques (3D printing)
- Advanced robotics (collaborative robots & cyber physical systems)
- Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES)
- Cybersecurity & digital trust (blockchain)
The intelligent application of autonomous and connected vehicle (CAV) technology creates significant scope to increase automotive R&D activity as well as exploit the emerging technology in areas including intelligent parking, data mining & real-world testing.
Automotive technology development:
- Jaguar Land Rover’s (JLR) Engine Manufacturing Centre represents £1bn investment and is home to the high technology, low emission Ingenium diesel engine.
- Toyota is producing hybrid vehicles in Burnaston, Derbyshire, whilst JLR, Detroit Electric, Geely, London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC) and JCB are all driving EV investment. Westfield Technology, RDM and others are leading on the development of driverless vehicles.
- The new £80m UK Battery Industrialisation Centre, together with the £120m National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC), will be major UK catalysts for future powertrain, UK battery development and manufacture.
- HORIBA-MIRA, WMG, Coventry University and JLR are among partners running driverless car testbeds. These include UK Connected Intelligent Transport Environment (CITE) and UK Autodrive.
- Leicestershire hosts Europe’s largest transport technology park Horiba MIRA. There are over 35 major test facilities and laboratories including crash/impact simulation, noise and vibration, a full-scale aerodynamic wind tunnel and a 93km proving ground complex supported by 450 engineers.