Transforming cars into smart mobility service providers

In the not-too-distant future, cars will be smart enough to adapt to their users’ personal needs and preferences. They will know what time to pull up and wait outside your office to pick you up, how you like your seat and mirrors to be positioned, whether you need to stop off at the shop on the way home and how alert you are as you drive.

One company committed to making all this possible is Alps Alpine. The Japanese manufacturer makes capacitive sensors and force feedback generators to cater to all kinds of user interfaces employed in the automotive industry. Alps Alpine recognizes the huge shifts underway in the mobility sector, driven by four major trends – car connectivity, autonomous/assisted driving, shared services and electrified powertrains and components – known collectively as CASE. And today, they work with its automotive original equipment manufacturer (OEM) clients to redefine the car’s interior and overall driving experience, and enable seamless connectivity between the car and its outside environment.

All of these developments mean that Alps Alpine’s products are becoming more complex to design and build. Rather than letting this complexity hold the business back, they made the decision to implement a holistic design and manufacturing platform to streamline processes, work more effectively with clients and support their long-term vision. The solution was the 3DEXPERIENCE platform and, today, it is enabling the company to consolidate knowledge, integrate their design and manufacturing processes and become more agile.

“The reason we chose the 3DEXPERIENCE platform was that we had previously performed a variety of measures to improve the efficiency of design, and the many resulting databases were a burden on designers,” said Shinobu Kida, senior manager of the Structural Engineering Dept. 2, Engineering Headquarters at Alps Alpine. “The 3DEXPERIENCE platform was perfect for a major transformation to support our bigger vision rather than simply making incremental improvements.”

To discover how Alps Alpine is bringing their vision to life and helping to create the next generation of cars, read the full story here and check out the customer video.

Rebecca Lambert

Rebecca Lambert

Rebecca Lambert is a UK-based freelance journalist and copywriter.