Bosch has revealed some of its latest technologies to promote automotive connectivity
Set to attend CES 2019 in Las Vegas, Bosch will unveil its driverless electric concept shuttle. Houses integrated services, embedded technologies will reduce stress, promote safety and efficiency and completely transform the automotive sector.
Providing digitally-enabled solutions to some of today’s challenges, from urbanisation and population growth to climate change, Bosch’s driverless electric concept shuttle with integrated services promote a new age in connected manufacturing, where the company will seek to provide essential hardware, software and digital tools to support customers, book, pay and share journeys with other passengers.
Set to partner with Daimler, the business is set to accelerate its automated ride sharing service in San José, where both parties will offer an app-based service with automated Mercedes-Benz S class vehicles to selected customers. Delivering an integrated charging and navigation solution, inspired by the Audi A3 e-tron, further highlights the company’s investment into e-mobility.
Convenience Charging will house data from a range of sources, enabling a bespoke experience, where charging spots will be sourced dependent on the routes taken. “In the future, drivers of electric cars will be able to order food for delivery directly to their pre-booked charge spot, so they can make the best use of the charging time,” the company has added.
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Being able to think ahead through advanced data analytics, the technology will also aim to reduce collisions, congestion times and enhance safety, even going so far as to ascertain the condition of the roads through its predictive-road condition services.
To further increase security and safety levels, Bosch has developed a cloud-based solution to warn drivers if they are driving on the wrong side of the road, as well as create an integrated solution to support drivers in utilising smartphone apps whilst on the road. Additionally, those who are mostly concerned of faltering security levels, the company has implemented an automatic Emergency Call System, delivering further advantages.
Such is the company’s commitment to innovation, it is set to win receive six CES Innovation Awards across 28 categories. Ranging from its universal connectivity unit for all Wi-Fi-based and cellular network-based transmission technologies utilised in vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication, to a new camera system for Mercedes-Benz Actros trucks, its Perfectly Keyless access system is also a feat of innovation, it remains at the forefront of delivering exceptional manufacturing capabilities across its diverse portfolio.
Gartner: Leaders Lack Skilled Smart Manufacturing Workers
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.”
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.