Dr. Helmuth Ludwig, president of Siemens PLM Software, today discussed at the Verband der Automobilindustrie (VDA) Technical Congress how the challenges presented by global mega-trends will reinvent mobility.
Global automakers continue to improve efficiency of both gasoline and diesel vehicles and use intelligent features that integrate mechanical functions with electronic controls driven by software to enhance vehicle features. However, research predicts the decrease of the conventional car to begin between 2017 and 2018 at the same time a strong increase of hybrid and electric vehicles begins. Siemens PLM Software provides software solutions to help the automotive industry improve today’s vehicles as well as evolve to deliver the vehicles of the future including hybrid and electric vehicles.
According to Ludwig, there are a number of factors that are important to delivering this future of mobility including electric generation and grids improvements, mobility management systems, energy efficient production, and lifecycle management. The automotive and energy industries will collaborate on these technologies to develop mobility solutions that enable the mass production and acceptance of the electric vehicle.
“To successfully develop a vehicle while managing its environmental impact and sustainability, automakers must make many decisions throughout the product development process, from the materials used to how the vehicle will be assembled and serviced. Siemens PLM Software enables the automaker to quickly understand the true impact, implications, and tradeoffs of any one decision, and manufacture a vehicle that meets environmental requirements while performing to the customer’s need independent of the propulsion system,” said Ludwig.
The VDA’s 12th Technical Congress is March 24-25 in Ludwigsburg, at the Forum am Schlosspark. In addition to lectures and sessions, there also is an exhibition showcasing the latest safety and exhaust emissions systems and vehicles featuring electric power-trains, ranging from passenger cars to trucks and buses.
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