Auto companies have a lot to worry about.
It's not all bad — but it's all disruptive.
At the Management Briefing Seminars last week in Traverse City, Mich., the annual high-level "big think" held by the Center for Automotive Research, executives, engineering leaders, consultants and automotive startup entrepreneurs agreed on one recurring point: The world is changing beneath their feet.
From podium microphones, expert panel exchanges and personal ruminations in conference hotel coffee shops, here is the industry's vision of what's coming, compiled by News Editor Lindsay Chappell:
Danny Shapiro, senior director of automotive at Nvidia:
Computing technology is transforming the $10 trillion transportation industry, and at the heart of that transformation is the graphics processing unit.
"We started as a video game company developing the hardware and software to enable 3D graphics," Shapiro said of Nvidia. "The investments that we made in the GPU have enabled this amazing resurgence in artificial intelligence" and are now fueling autonomous vehicles.
AI is at the core of technology that lets vehicles interpret and respond to a multitude of driving conditions, such as a vehicle about to run a red light, that humans intuitively recognize and process.
Cary VandenAvond, president of manufacturing, distribution and logistics at JDA Software, a supply chain solutions company:
AI, advanced software platforms and the latest tools in data collection and Internet tracking are making it easier to know, more or less, where everything is in real time. And more important, logistics managers will be able to predict more precisely where everything is going to be.
"We now have the technology to digitize the entire chain, from end to end, for manufacturers to make optimal decisions," VandenAvond said of the industry. "The more external data we can bring into our decisions, the greater our competitive advantage."
Ami Dotan, CEO of Karamba Security, an Israeli company specializing in connected-car security: