GM invests US$800mn to convert CAMI into large EV plant
In an announcement made by General Motors (GM), the company has reported plans to invest US$800mn into converting its CAMI manufacturing plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, into a large-scale commercial electric vehicle (EV) facility.
“BrightDrop offers a smarter way to deliver goods and services. We are building on our significant expertise in electrification, mobility applications, telematics and fleet management, with a new one-stop-shop solution for commercial customers to move goods in a better, more sustainable way,” commented Mary Barra GM Chairman and CEO on the launch.
The investment of US$800mn is said to support GM’s timing to deliver BrightDrop EV600 in late 2021, and enable GM to convert its CAMI manufacturing plant in Ingersoll, Ontario, into Canada’s first large-scale commercial electric vehicle (EV) facility.
Transformation works will begin immediately to transform CAMI, supporting jobs and transforming work at the plant in the next two years. Following the completion of the transformations CAMI will produce EV600s instead of its Chevrolet Equinox vehicles.
Stating that BrightDrop solutions are “designed to help businesses lower costs, maximise productivity, improve employee safety and freight security, and support overall sustainability efforts,” GM reports that Bright Drop is an all new business with GM that offers its commercial customers “an ecosystem of connected and electrified products and services designed to improve the delivery of goods and services from the first to last mile.”
GM’s latest builds upon the manufacturers commitments to the country, in recent months GM has made several investments including:
- Nearly US$1.03bn into
- US$86mn product and US$22mn Renewable Energy Cogeneration project at St. Catharines
- Nearly US$135mn investment in after-market parts operation in Oshawa
Fluent.ai x BSH: Voice Automating the Assembly Line
Fluent.ai has deployed its voice recognition solutions in one of BSH’s German factories. BSH leads the market in producing connected appliances—its brands include Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, NEFF, and Thermador, and with this new partnership, the company intends to cut transition time in its assembly lines.
According to BSH, voice automation will yield 75-100% efficiency gains—but it’s the collaboration between the two companies that stands out. ‘After considering 11 companies for this partnership, we chose Fluent.ai because of their key competitive differentiators’, explained Ion Hauer, Venture Partner at BSH Startup Kitchen.
What Sets Fluent.ai Apart?
After seven years of research, the company developed a wide range of artificial intelligence (AI) software products to help original equipment manufacturers (OEM) expand their services. Three key aspects stood out to BSH, which operates across the world and in unique factory environments.
- Robust noise controls. The system can operate even in loud conditions.
- Low latency. The AI understands commands quickly and accurately.
- Multilingual support. BSH can expand the automation to any of its 50+ country operations.
How Voice Automation Works
Instead of pressing buttons, BSH factory workers will now be able to speak into a headset fitted with Fluent.ai’s voice recognition technology. After uttering a WakeWord, workers can use a command to start assembly line movement. As the technology is hands-free, workers benefit from less physical strain, which will both reduce employee fatigue and boost line production.
‘Implementing Fluent’s technology has already improved efficiencies within our factory, with initial implementation of the solution cutting down the transition time from four seconds to one and a half”, said Markus Maier, Project Lead at the BSH factory. ‘In the long run, the production time savings will be invaluable’.
Future Global Adoption
In the coming years, BSH and Fluent.ai will continue to push for artificial intelligence on factory lines, pursuing efficiency, ergonomics, and a healthy work environment. ‘We started with Fluent.ai on one factory assembly line, moved to three, and [are now] considering rolling the technology out worldwide’, said Maier.
Said Probal Lala, Fluent.ai’s CEO: ‘We are thrilled to be working with BSH, a company at the forefront of innovation. Seeing your solution out in the real world is incredibly rewarding, and we look forward to continuing and growing our collaboration’.