The first simple robots stepped onto the factory floor approximately half a century ago. Today, you can hardly imagine a manufacturing business without automatic lines, steel robotic arms and CNC industrial machines. Robots in the manufacturing industry have become the new normal, as they are making significant strides in improving various production processes.
The automotive industry is a huge economic sector that has to keep pace with innovative technologies to be able to create up-to-date vehicles. The automotive product pipeline is not a purely manufacturing process. It includes numerous stages, beginning with the concept and finishing with the delivery of ready vehicles to warehouses. To control and manage such a giant network of activities, manufacturers must integrate automotive software solutions into their business processes.
Modern industries are on the race track of a highly competitive market, striving to gain customers. How can a company win? One of the key criteria is ensuring good quality of its products and services. But the traditional testing and quality control paradigm is not enough in the context of emerging technologies. That is why something new is being implemented in business — quality engineering solutions.
It hasn’t been long since virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) fired up our imagination, but a new family member – extended reality (XR) – has already come into general use. This notion combines the three phenomena, and their proliferation and convergence are the reason why XR has emerged.
Modern technologies cannot but influence the biggest industry in the world — manufacturing. Industrial robots have been working in factories alongside human workers for quite some time. They help create efficiencies at all stages, from raw material to final product, are able to operate 24/7, and can be highly cost-effective for any company.
The driverless car market is just starting to emerge, but experts predict its rapid growth in the coming years.
A number of leading global automakers such as BMW, Audi, Volkswagen, General Motors and Toyota, together with IT-giants Google and Apple, place serious emphasis on autonomous driving and IoT technology. They are actively engaged in the development of automotive IoT solutions to assist drivers and, as the ultimate goal, to create a Level 5 (see below) self-driving car.
They can work day and night. They don’t need down time, breaks or medical insurance. They don’t have conflicts with with their bosses or colleagues, and take no personal time to deal with their problems. They are robots!
The manufacturing industry is currently experiencing an increasing influence of the Internet of Things (IoT), aka Industry 4.0. The IoT has a positive impact on both production and business management processes.
We have been using internet connected car technologies for years, in ways that by now seem routine for many: they link to our smartphones, register real-time traffic alerts, stream music from the Internet, and offer emergency roadside assistance at the touch of a button.