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19/02/2016
NEW HARDWARE DEVELOPMENT BEHIND NEW SOFTWARE

The automotive sector, true driving force behind the industrial production, and the future prospects of web innovations

Paolo Castiglia

New hardware development, as well as new software, as we shall see. But let us start with mechanical engineering: the overall production of the automotive industry, according to Istat, shows a 35.7% growing trend, while for the first 10 months of the year, growth stood at 28.5%. Figures confirm the fact that the current economic recovery is clearly pulled by the automotive sector.

This is clearly evident if we compare the sector’s figures with the overall industrial production index, which shows a growing trend of 2,9% with a mere +1,1% in the first 10 months of the year. Orders, for the automotive sector in general, soared by 19,1% between January and September 2015, while orders at a national level, considering all industrial sectors, have risen by 5,2% during the same period. Finally, the automotive sector’s turnover grew sharply by 21,4% in the first 9 months of 2015, whereas the overall turnover of the national industry scored an unflattering +1,1%, mostly due to exports.

 

Understandably, Gianmarco Giorda, director of ANFIA, adds with a touch of pride "Besides highlighting how the excellent sales performance of Italian motor vehicles in the domestic market greatly contributes to supporting the industrial production in the country, we would like to underscore also the positive effects on the domestic production of motor vehicle parts and accessories, which in January-October 2015 reported an increase of 10.5% - with a +16% in October alone - thanks to a total order increase of more than 15% in the first 9 months of the year, according to the latest available data, with domestic orders up 37%".

Shifting the attention to a larger scenario, it must be said that technological innovations play an increasingly relevant role in today’s mobility, regarding both new hardware as well as software and services, providing great opportunity for the economic development of the entire sector. Great investments have, in fact, been recently recorded on innovative safety devices, such as an app that through smart-phones and sensors takes immediate action upon detecting the vehicle moving in the wrong direction, warning both the driver and surrounding vehicles.

Currently, similar technologies use the radio to sound the alarm, however, since statistics clearly show that accidents occur within the first 500 metres, the delay can prove fatal. Another example is the launch of the Aftermarket e-call, a device that, thanks to its inertial sensor, is able to detect an accident giving the alarm. Investments in web-based safety technologies are a relevant factor from an economic standpoint: connected motorists can avoid traffic jams, accidents and long searches for parking space, all unnecessary costs. The contribution of research in this area will become ever more important, especially in increasingly congested cities.

 

This technology will be supported by great investments because it is one of the few useful options for solving the problem of traffic, reducing CO2 emissions and ultimately optimizing the use of the vehicle. The car market could well be redefined as a mobility market. And it shows, looking at the investments made by some of the leading manufacturers in the market: Daimler is investing on the Car2Go system, GM on Lyft and Ford on FordPass: all are looking at these interesting alternatives, ever more important for the future.

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