The automotive and transportation industry is in the middle of its largest transformation in decades. External pressures, such as changing consumer preferences, regulations and more are driving forces behind this disruption. But internal pressures play an equally significant role. The drive for new business models, improved vehicle development processes and, of course, the pursuit of cutting edge vehicle technologies each contribute to the reshaping of a hundred-year-old industry.
In this new series of the Future Car podcast, I speak with Nand Kochhar about the trends and overriding forces in the automotive industry today. In the first episode, we talk about the state of the industry and introduce the idea of the ‘transportation revolution’ that has taken hold in the automotive industry. Electrification and automated driving capabilities are driving increased vehicle complexity and demanding new methods for automotive design and production. We also hit on the development of new partnerships in the automotive industry, how infrastructure plays a role in electric vehicle adoption, and how companies of various sizes are responding to the challenges of today’s automotive industry.
You can listen to the first episode of our transportation revolution series below, or by subscribing to the Future Car podcast on all major platforms. Stay tuned for more from Nand and me in the coming weeks!
Transportation Revolution: Introduction
Welcome to the very first episode of this new series of The Future Car Podcast – The Transportation Revolution! I’m your host, Conor Peick, Thought Leadership Writer at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Joining me on the show today is Nand Kochhar, Vice President at Siemens Automotive and Transportation Industry, who shares his perspective on how COVID-19 has affected his workflow from a manufacturing standpoint.
I also ask Nand what tech trends he’s noticed having worked in the industry for such a long time, why infrastructure plays such a key role in the development and logistical efforts of manufacturing electric vehicles, and what digital transformation has meant for his sector at Siemens.
Some Questions I Ask:
- Nand, what have been the most significant changes you’ve seen within the automotive and manufacturing industry over the course of your career? (2:03)
- How do the disruptions caused by COVID-19 relate to digital transformation & Why do you think you have succeeded to implement it when others have struggled? (4:11)
- Do you think it’s easier for smaller companies to adopt new changes to their workflow as opposed to a larger OEM? (6:02)
- Do you think partnerships between brands will accelerate the development of autonomous and electric vehicles? (11:23)
- How has electrification changed the development process for electric vehicles? (12:59)
In This Episode You Will Learn:
- Some background on Nand Kochhar and his experience within the industry (1:07)
- The disruptions to the manufacturing industry caused by COVID-19 (3:22)
- The benefits to brand partnerships & How they can accelerate the production of new tech (7:14)
- Nand’s perspective on the emergence of non-traditional automotive companies (9:27)
- The role infrastructure plays in the development of electric vehicles (14:55)
- How the need for efficiency is putting pressure on the industry (19:42)
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Conor Peick – Thought Leadership Writer
Conor works as a writer covering Automotive and Transportation topics for Siemens Digital Industries Software. In this role, he has helped produce a variety of materials including blogs, articles and whitepapers on automotive topics ranging from wire harness design and manufacturing to embedded software development and overall industry trends.
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