SEAT and Telefónica agree to promote digitalization in automotive industry
Luca de Meo, SEAT president, and Luis Miguel Gilpérez, Telefónica España president, signed an agreement that aims to promote a joint effort to develop innovative initiatives in the automotive industry.
The agreement, which makes Telefónica a strategic IT supplier to SEAT, reflects collaboration in three major areas: shared use of insights (information extracted from anonymized aggregate data) to design optimized approaches to solutions for mobility; the application of 5G connectivity in the connected car; and developing digital transformation projects as an integral part of the car manufacturing process.
“With this agreement, SEAT consolidates itself as a benchmark in the sector’s digitalization. Joining forces with Telefónica as a strategic partner enables us to take a major step forward in our commitment to offering mobility solutions that make lives easier for the drivers of our vehicles,” said de Meo, who added, “This collaboration will also enable us to use technology to develop projects that enhance our production processes and relationships with suppliers.”
According to Gilpérez, “New technologies are truly going to trigger a revolution in the automotive sector, and at Telefónica we want to be the leading partner in helping SEAT spearhead this new phase. How Big Data and Blockchains will influence the sector, or how decisive 5G will be for the future of the autonomous and connected car are a few of the innovations that Telefónica and SEAT are going to work on together.”
A highlight of the agreement is that it places value on the implementation of new technologies for 5G networks in the connected and autonomous car ecosystem. The rollout of Telefónica’s fifth-generation networks will reportedly offer a qualitative leap in the capacity, quality, latency periods, and speed of telecommunications, which will enable the creation of new experiences and use cases of the connected vehicle. Under this framework, both companies will work in different innovation sessions and idea workshops with the aim of proposing and assessing applications for this technology in vehicles. The proposals that are identified as offering added value will be put through pilot tests in real-life settings.
In addition, the cooperation will introduce the development and implementation of Industry 4.0 initiatives in the vehicle manufacturing process. In this area, Telefónica and SEAT are collaborating on a proof of concept based on Blockchain technology to improve the tracking of parts within the supply chain at the Martorell factory. They are also working on solutions and systems based on IoT (the Internet of Things) to enhance and streamline procurement management and supplier relations.
Moreover, the agreement provides for the implementation of tools and joint mechanisms that facilitate data collection, management, and analysis, while respecting the principles of privacy, confidentiality, and transparency of user-owners. Additionally, both companies will work together to explore the benefits of Big Data and the shared use of data in designing new mobility proposals.