Auto mechanics

How will the industry adapt?

Advanced automation and artificial intelligence are increasingly common in the automotive industry. Newer vehicles manufactured today include at least one, if not more, AI features. Today’s cars can perform routine tasks like detecting other vehicles in a driver’s blind spot, mapping the shortest and fastest routes between locations, and adjusting tires to road conditions. road surface.

Even with this AI in cars today, automakers and tech companies like Tesla and Google continue to push the market toward driverless vehicles. Although experts agree that driverless cars for private and individual use could still be five to ten years away, these AI-powered vehicles could soon become mainstream equipment in industries such as taxi driving. and truck transport.

Undoubtedly, AI and automation are taking over the global automotive industry. It is important to note the major impacts of artificial intelligence and automation on automotive manufacturing right now.

Specialized repairs

At present, car owners generally do not need to hire the services of specialized mechanics to repair their vehicles. They can have their cars repaired by general mechanics and use spare parts for common repairs like replacing a battery or alternator.

This could change, however, as more AI and automated cars hit the market. Auto industry insiders predict that owners of AI-powered cars may soon need to hire the services of specialized service technicians.

These technicians will be specially trained to work on vehicles like Henrik Fisker’s Karma electric sports car. General mechanics may not have the training or knowledge to work on these types of vehicles. Additionally, spare parts will no longer be practical or sufficient to use in repairs.

Experts also predict that automated vehicles will reach their maximum usability after being driven for a certain number of years or for a predetermined number of kilometers.

Since owners will be required to obtain their auto repair services from dedicated brand specialists working at dealerships, people will be forced to trade in their existing vehicles for new ones off the factory lines every few years.

The practice of owning cars for a decade or more will become obsolete due to the rate at which AI and automation will be used in modern car production.

In fact, owners of these vehicles could become totally dependent on exclusive dealer maintenance for their cars. This dependence will harm general mechanics and repair shops as well as manufacturers and sellers of spare parts for vehicles.

Is there a risk of them becoming obsolete as the market is flooded with vehicles with AI and automation?

From Manufacturers to Consumers: AI for Drivers

Today’s automation and AI are designed to interact with the people who actually drive the vehicle. These automated systems do more than just monitor road conditions and adapt to traffic, they also monitor driver alertness.

For example, the startup program called view uses artificial intelligence and deep in-car learning to provide drivers with a variety of in-car solutions.

The program uses time-of-flight and infrared sensors to assess driver behavior in four key areas:

  • Identification
  • Acknowledgement
  • eye look
  • Eye opening

EyeSight can adjust car operations to match driver preferences and identification. For example, a husband and wife sharing the same car may have different preferences for mirror placement and seat height. The program will adjust both depending on who it recognizes as driving the car.

If the program detects that a driver is becoming distracted or sleepy, it will warn the person to wake up and keep their eyes on the road. It will also take note of the driver’s body position in the car and deploy airbags in the event of a crash based on the driver’s posture.

AI and automation in vehicle manufacturing

AI and automation are already present in vehicle manufacturing today. In fact, the use of robots and automation is not really new in automotive production today. Automotive production robots have been used since the 1960s. In the 1980s, industrial robots began to be used as often as human labor in factories.

Today’s auto workers perform their tasks on the job in conjunction with automated heavy machinery and robots that are used to assemble vehicles. Facets of how this technology has evolved the automotive manufacturing process will be the next big thing after Henry Ford’s Contributions to Car Assembly Lines.

Workers increasingly rely on robots that provide endurance and consistent repeatability in manufacturing processes. Few human employees at these companies perform manufacturing tasks on their own using some kind of AI or automation.

For example, in 2018 Hyundai introduced its Vest Exoskeleton or H-Vex portable industrial robots for assembly line workers. These wearable robots protect workers’ knees, backs and necks while providing workers with more mobility and strength needed to perform light tasks.

They predict what workers are doing and adjust their own movements to help the wearer avoid injuries and accidents.

Repairing AI-powered cars will become more mainstream

Artificial intelligence and automation are rapidly becoming essential in the automotive manufacturing industry. And as automakers adapt their production to this technology, repair shops and aftermarket parts dealerships face a challenge.

They will have to adapt to this rapidly changing environment and will most likely need to undergo specific training to be able to provide their repair services to modern AI-powered vehicles.

Just as there are now certified repair shops, mechanics around the world will need to obtain new types of certifications needed to help owners of AI-powered vehicles.

There is still a long way to go, which gives everyone plenty of time to choose the best course of action.

Guest post by Heather Redding:

Heather Redding is a content manager for hire, originally from Aurora. She loves to write about wearables, IoT and other hot tech trends. When she finds time to get away from her keyboard, she enjoys her Kindle library and a hot coffee. Contact her on Twitter.

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