“Electromobility, autonomous driving, networking: in the future, the key competence of car manufacturers will be software,” says Christian Hort, responsible for the Automotive business area at T-Systems.
“The challenge lies in managing the entire software life cycle. In my opinion, it is even more complex than the pure electronics delivery cycle. No car manufacturer will be able to map the entire software supply chain and offer all services related to the car, customer and production from their own resources” , explains Hort.
“The industry is changing massively – and we are changing with it. We are transforming our customers’ existing landscapes and opening up new, digital technologies for innovation in vehicles and in the core processes of car manufacturers and suppliers. A large part of this investment is going into our team. We are further developing our existing team and we are selectively strengthening from the outside”, emphasizes Thomas Jenne, who is responsible for digital solutions in the segment of the automotive and manufacturing industry.
Automakers make software the heart of their vehicles. 70 control units become several computers in the vehicle. Sensors record the environment. This enables autonomous driving. T-Systems programs the software in the car and connects the vehicle to central computers in the background. For example, the IT service provider already installs software updates via mobile communication for more than 25 million vehicles.
End customers are increasingly involved in direct digital exchanges with car manufacturers and dealerships: from purchase to maintenance to sales. T-Systems develops digitization strategies as well as new business models for customer contact and develops solutions for digital user experience in cars and around mobility.
Supply chains and production networks in the automotive industry are so complex that no single company can set them up alone anymore. T-Systems is working on various initiatives for greater connectivity, automation and resilience in the industry. For example, T-Systems co-founded the Catena-X initiative. “Catena-X Automotive Network” brings transparency to supply chains and leaves data sovereignty to data providers. Its goal is to create a single standard for the flow of data and information throughout the automotive value chain.
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