May 16, 2020

Bosch and Daimler confirm San Jose as pilot city to trial self-driving vehicles

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Sean Galea-Pace
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The automotive giants, Bosch and Daimler, have announced that San Jose is set to be the pilot city to test their autonomous vehicle technology.
The automotive giants, Bosch and Daimler, have announced that San Jose is set to be the pilot city to test their autonomous vehicle technology, Practica...

The automotive giants, Bosch and Daimler, have announced that San Jose is set to be the pilot city to test their autonomous vehicle technology, Practical Motoring reports.

It has been revealed that both companies will provide self-driving on-demand ride-hailing services to a “selected user community in San Jose.”

In a joint statement, the companies said: “Using automated Mercedes-Benz S-Class vehicles, Bosch and Daimler propose to offer the service to a selected user community in the San Carlos/Stevens Creek corridor between downtown and west San José.”

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It is anticipated that the selected user community will have the ability to hail a self-driving car via an app operated by Daimler Mobility Services, which is watched by a safety driver, from a specific pick-up location and sees the passengers driven automatically to their destination.

In a bid to develop autonomous vehicle technology, the two firms have collaborated and developed a close connection with employees from both companies working together.

Bosch is set to be responsible for components such as sensors, actuators and control units with Daimler tasked with bringing the drive system into the car and providing the necessary development vehicles, test facilities and vehicles for the test fleet.

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May 12, 2021

Gartner: Leaders Lack Skilled Smart Manufacturing Workers

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DigitalTransformation
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57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support smart manufacturing digitalisation

With organisations rapidly adopting industry 4.0 capabilities to increase productivity, efficiency, transparency, and quality as well as reduce cost, manufacturers “are under pressure to bring their workforce into the 21st century,” says Gartner.

While more connected factory workers are leveraging digital tools and data management techniques to improve decision accuracy, increase knowledge and lessen variability, 57% of manufacturing leaders feel that their organisations lack the skilled workers needed to support their smart manufacturing digitalisation plans.

“Our survey revealed that manufacturers are currently going through a difficult phase in their digitisation journey toward smart manufacturing,” said Simon Jacobson, Vice President analyst, Gartner Supply Chain practice.

“They accept that changing from a break-fix mentality and culture to a data-driven workforce is a must. However, intuition, efficiency and engagement cannot be sacrificed. New workers might be tech-savvy but lack access to best practices and know-how — and tenured workers might have the knowledge, but not the digital skills. A truly connected factory worker in a smart manufacturing environment needs both.”

Change Management

Surveying 439 respondents from North America, Western Europe and APAC, Gartner found that “organisational complexity, integration and process reengineering are the most prevalent challenges for executing smart manufacturing initiatives.” Combined they represent “the largest change management obstacle [for manufacturers],” adds Gartner.

“It’s interesting to see that leadership commitment is frequently cited as not being a challenge. Across all respondents, 83% agree that their leadership understands and accepts the need to invest in smart manufacturing. However, it does not reflect whether or not the majority of leaders understand the magnitude of change in front of them – regarding technology, as well as talent,” added Jacobson.

Technology and People

While the value and opportunities smart manufacturing can provide an organisation is being recognised, introducing technology alone isn’t enough. Gartner emphasises the importance of evolving factory workers alongside the technology, ensuring that they are on board in order for the change to be successful.

“The most immediate action is for organisations to realize that this is more than digitisation. It requires synchronising activities for capability building, capability enablement and empowering people. Taking a ‘how to improve a day in the life’ approach will increase engagement, continuous learning and ultimately foster a pull-based approach that will attract tenured workers. They are the best points of contact to identify the best starting points for automation and the required data and digital tools for better decision-making,” said Jacobson.

Long term, “it is important to establish a data-driven culture in manufacturing operations that is rooted in governance and training - without stifling employee creativity and ingenuity,” concluded Gartner.

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