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French car parts and seating manufacturer, Faurecia, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with global management company Accenture for a five-year collaboration to accelerate innovation for mobility services.
Both companies are to combine their innovation expertise and co-invest to develop products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles. Two areas are to be focussed on initially; cognitive technologies to reinvent the on-board user experience, and services to enhance health and wellness. They said they also intend to leverage digital technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), advanced analytics, augmented and virtual reality, blockchain and quantum computing to further accelerate Faurecia’s digital transformation. Their expertise for these initiatives will be organised within a “digital services factory.”
“We will accelerate the transformation of our operations and develop new business models and user experiences for the Cockpit of the Future. This partnership will allow Faurecia to be more innovative and agile in the rapid introduction of new technologies, particularly for enhanced health and wellness and intuitive human-machine interfaces”, said Patrick Koller, Chief Executive Officer, Faurecia.
With drivers spending up to 500 hours a year, on average, in their cars and the continuing progress in the field of self-driving vehicles, car interiors are expected to become an extension of the home and office, providing a similar experience and range of services. The collaboration is said to illustrate what Accenture refers to as ‘Industry X.0’, the profound shift of industrial manufacturing to digital products and services that will increasingly require new methods and processes to produce and deliver them as well as support them in the field.