The automotive industry is almost completely automated. Nevertheless, OEMs and suppliers are under enormous pressure to transform. Autonomous driving, the e-car, networking, and changing customer behavior are forcing manufacturers to transform themselves into mobility service providers. As early as 2025, up to 40 percent of revenue will come from business models outside of the actual vehicle production.
Autonomous, connected, electric, and shared (ACES): These are the four ingredients of the digital strategy for the future of the automotive industry. The automotive industry must be able to cope with the increasing product complexity of the vehicle, IT backend, networking and infrastructure, safety and security requirements, Car2X, 5G, the switch to the e-car, and cloud solutions. The transformation to a software-driven company with electrified mobility systems in an intelligent road infrastructure requires increased software competence, a new approach to product development (systems engineering), a new manufacturing strategy, a new partner landscape of IT specialists and tier-1 suppliers, and a new go-to-market strategy.