Current trends and estimations of scientists suggest that in the near future – maybe in about 5 years’ time – electric cars will be driving on the roads predominantly. Do IT companies, such as InfoSoftware Polska, also take part in the changes that take place on the automotive market?
Automotive is an industry which, according to market analyses, may become very perplexed in the near future. This may lead to the fact that electric vehicles will be the predominant group among vehicles on the road. I absolutely support this and IT companies have a large contribution in it! The automotive market is experiencing a time of profound changes. The current leaders are investing in completely new product lines or building separate brands for electric cars. New players are being formed, both smaller companies and global giants.
This is an excellent time to change the existing patterns. An excellent example of this would be the Auto Export 2020 conference organized by the British DIT in cooperation with North East Automotive Alliance. The main theme of that event was that the electrical revolution creates opportunities for start-ups and innovations to emerge and enter new and growing supply chains.
IT companies have their role in this. There is a demand for new on-board software for electric cars as well as new factories. All of this generates demand for specialized software.
Are you suggesting that the very fact of establishing new companies in the automotive industry increases the technological level?
The automotive sector is one of the driving forces for innovation. The automotive industry invests significant forces and resources in research and development. Technological advantage over competition is important here, every major company on the market develops increasingly innovative solutions. No one is interested in the FSO Polonaises anymore – except for vintage car collectors.
Hence, new market players are forcing the acceleration of innovation throughout the market. I’m talking not only about what’s in the car itself, but also about production methods, production line upgrades, traceability systems, moving design processes to the cloud environment and rapid prototyping systems.
The future may bring us such innovations as systems for remote diagnosis of possible faults. The very way of operating an electric car, the fact that it is never really turned off, forces us to equip the car with more sophisticated IT systems. For example, the battery in the EV cannot get neither too hot nor too cold, which means that even when the car is parked for a long time, the on-board system is still working, measuring and responding accordingly.
Will InfoSoftware Polska be a manufacturer of such systems?
Yes, we will invest in developing our competence in this area. During the meeting of PGM, representatives of EMP and Research Network Łukasiewicz, we have initially identified the most promising areas and directions of our activities. We want to continue the dialogue, establish a close cooperation with these units and build technological competences in Poland. We also want to create IT solutions for the automotive industry, which can be on board the car and operate in factories.