If you can believe it, there was once a time where modes of transportation was built by hand from skilled craftspeople. Before Henry Ford began production of his model T automobile, coaches and buggies were the modes of transportation and they were hand-built by talented craftspeople who rarely ever made any duplicate units. It was Ford’s innovation that reduced the number of parts needed and the number of skilled workers needed to create vehicles. That’s the innovative thinking that put him ahead of his competitors.
Fast forward to today, when you think of the production of cars, you either imagine people on an assembly line putting parts together and operating major machines or you picture robots doing the job what would typically take seven people to do. According to madehow.com, technology has certainly advanced certain parts of the assembly line operations but the assembly line is still an operation that’s very relevant to this day. Those are the thoughts that pop into your head because technology has advanced so much over the decades… especially in the world of automation.
When you start talking about such a complexity as automation, you might find yourself asking all kinds of questions. Why? Because automation has made auto manufacturing a smarter and more profitable industry. With automation in the automotive industry, you’re going to see major impacts in these areas:
- Machine Vision
- IoT-Powered Connected Cars
- Robotic Collaboration
- AI-Powered Autonomous Cars
These automation innovations will revolutionize how industry players will respond and adapt to ever-changing customer behaviors, which routes they choose to develop partnerships, and how they intend to drive the transformational change that’s needed to set them apart from competitors. Take a look at how automation impacts new vehicle production.
Machine vision is ultimately the act of eliminating the human factor to improve the manufacturing process. With today’s modern manufacturing of new vehicles, the goal is to produce the safest cars possible, right? Of course, but we as humans all make mistakes and when it comes to producing vehicles, a company can’t afford the loss of human lives due to a mistake from human touch. In knowing that, Machine Vision is being heavily utilized in automobile manufacturing. In fact, it’s being used as an inspection tool to catch even the smallest imperfections in finished products.
IoT-Powered Connected Cars
You have smartphones and smart TVs, right? Wel, IoT-powered cars are what you would call “smart cars.” IoT-powered cars have the ability to communicate with other cars on the road to keep traffic disruptions and car accidents to a minimum. In addition to that, cognitive computing also plays a major role in these innovative smart cars. Cognitive computing is founded on AI and utilizes technologies like machine learning and human-computer processing to truly give drivers an autonomous driving experience.
Robotic Collaboration aka the Cobot
What is robot collaboration? Robot collaboration is when a robot teams up with its human operator to create a “cobot.” Cobots are designed and created to perform computer-guided tasks. For the most part, their tasks involve steering and directing a payload, in which the robot is skillfully guided by its human counterpart.
AI-Powered Autonomous Cars
Autonomous, otherwise known as driverless technology, is the face of automation in the automotive industry. It’s still a work in progress for sure but we’re already seeing autonomous features in modern cars. The biggest autonomous features we’re seeing are safety features. Things like automatic beaking and parking sensors are just a tip of the iceberg.
When it comes to actually producing new vehicles, there are all kinds of equipment, tools, and processes that play a major part in its acceptance to the industry. From welding robots to conveyor belts or engine machining stations and the automotive industry, all are vital to the safety of drivers, and that’s the most important aspect of producing new vehicles anyway.