The automotive sector has always been at the forefront of manufacturing innovation, being also one of the most advanced sectors in relation to the development and use of IoT. Among its advantages are the intelligent processes capable of detecting faults and correcting them, resulting in production benefits.
In this post we will see the IoT application in the automotive industry, the benefits in the production, but also in the vehicles that leads to a significant and measurable improvement in road safety.
Industrial IoT Applications
IoT is the worldwide connection phenomenon that involves data, software and machines connected together to achieve efficient processes and satisfactory performance control. IoT helps to optimize processes or operations in companies, businesses, cities and homes, among others.
In the Industry the Internet of Things allows:
- Problems solvement and asset management remotely.
- Preventive supply action.
- New functionalities.
- Preventive and predictive maintenance.
- Centralized information.
Impact of industry 4.0 and IoT in Automotive Manufacturing
The possibilities in the automotive industry due to digital transformation are numerous. 3D technology and product performance simulation are applied in the design and manufacturing processes. Having a single platform is key to organizing plants and efficiently addressing component modeling.
It is important that the platform employs a security scheme and a user interface adapted to specific needs in order to facilitate detailed analysis with key business indicators. In addition, the use of a single platform allows the control of manufacturing plants in different parts of the world.
On the other hand, the use of software combined with IoT in the automotive industry comes to provide intelligence and efficiency to production processes, as well as to offer real-time inventory control and optimize logistics management.
Smart cars and road safety
Beyond the application in their manufacturing process, the technology has been part of the vehicles themselves for years. Cars have become computers on wheels capable of receiving real data about mobility, status, characteristics and location. This information makes it possible to learn about the environment and even enable autonomous driving.
Autonomous cars have the function of registering and understanding in real time what is happening around them, through the recognition of signals, obstacles and terrain orography. Similarly, it is also possible to synchronize maps, calls, messages and other types of wireless connections.
Internet of Things can also participate in the creation of a safe road environment through the rest of the elements that are part of it. Not only is the technology applicable to the vehicles themselves, but it can also be present in the different elements of the road ecosystem, such as traffic lights.
The objective is to move traffic lights and asphalt from their inert stage to a sensory stage, capable of sending information about incidents, risks or weather conditions. In this way, driving is moving towards previously unimaginable levels of safety.
Niccolò Panozzo, project manager at the European Cyclists’ Federation, believes that IoT can improve cyclists’ safety. Motor vehicles equipped with such technologies can detect their presence, warn the driver and even brake automatically to avoid being run over.
Beyond helping to create a safe environment, the Internet of Things makes driving easier, solving problems of concern to drivers. Smart Parking communicates vehicles with parking spaces, saving drivers much of the time they spend looking for a parking space.
Therefore, not only for road safety, but also for the welfare of those who frequent the roads and to optimize processes, the IoT provides intelligence to the elements that surround us to ensure the needs of individuals.
Digital transformation with Nexus Integra
Nexus Integra makes it possible digital transformation for the industry included the automotive one, with the intention of obtaining a shorter and more customized production, optimization of production tracking, but also sustainable production with more efficient logistics and production centers, with much lower energy consumption than traditional centers.
The structural changes of the recent years has had mainly supported by technology, and the next decade will see the consolidation of the digitalization of a sector that has lived for decades with traditional processes.
Nexus Integra accompanies the industry in this change to optimize processes and make decision making more effective.
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