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HANNOVER MESSE 2019, 01 - 05 April
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The automotive industry is frustrated

Artificial intelligence is obviously making life difficult for the automotive industry, with the shortage of digital and technological skills and complexity of existing IT proving an obstacle to its implementation.

15 Apr. 2019
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The automotive industry is frustrated (Chart: Capgemini S.E.)

This is the finding of a survey by Capgemini of 500 managers from the automotive industry in eight countries. Just 10% of those surveyed stated that AI has been implemented across their company. In fact, the number of companies implementing AI in pilot projects or occasionally is declining. There are reasons for this hesitant implementation. On the technical side, the main reasons are the difficulty of integrating existing systems and tools and the lack of pertinent know-how and training data. Car manufacturers are also having problems proving the benefits and desired ROI in the pilot phase and selecting the right scalable applications. For the consultants at Capgemini, it is evident that “companies need to invest more, train their workforce, and create the necessary infrastructure.”

An article on elektroniknet.de also states that expectations should not be set too high, summarizing the conclusions of the Association of German Engineers’ (VDI) ‘Future of AI in Automotive’ conference. The article quotes Patrick van der Smagt, Director of AI at Volkswagen, as saying that fully autonomous driving is still some way off becoming a reality.

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