Automechanika Frankfurt is the world’s leading trade fair for the automotive service industry, and the shop window for innovations in the automotive aftermarket across the entire value chain. As an international meeting place for all market participants from the industry, dealership trade as well as the maintenance and repair segment, it provides a major platform for business and technological knowledge transfer.
The customer shopping experience has evolved in the past decade to suit consumer needs, comfort and to meet the requirements of globalization. With the expansion of retail giants such as Amazon, goods can be browsed, purchased and delivered to your doorstep with just a few clicks.
With the rapid aging of society in developed regions such as North America, East Asia (China, Korea and Japan), and the European Union, automobile manufactures increasingly find themselves having to target younger consumers, who in reality are continuously losing interest in purchasing and owning a vehicle.
The automobile industry has been growing as a whole for consecutive decades now. However, there is one particular consumer segment, which is beginning to take off and overtake the previous market leader. Sport Utility Vehicles and Crossovers are picking up steam globally, and not simply limited to the growth markets such as China, Brazil and India.
If you’ve ever lived in a major Western European or North American city, it is more than likely that you have observed or personally utilized some form of car-sharing service. This comes as no surprise as car-sharing companies as well as multinational OEM’s have pounced on the opportunity to entice consumers (particularly millennials), who have become reluctant to purchase a vehicle for private use.
There exists a method of problem solving that generates knowledge and helps people when it comes to learning. Company managers use a tool called the A3 - as a key tactic in sharing a different way of thinking that lies at the heart of achieving sustained success.
When we think of the definition of a “Connected Car”, we often relate it
to the internet: being able to surf the web through infotainment
interfaces, being able to stream music or movies, online shopping, or
accessing and updating multiple social media accounts. This is because
these concepts are part of our everyday lives, so we expect them to be
significant in our future vehicles as well.
With the discovery and wonder of flight, the sheer size of some
cargo/cruise ships that leave a person in awe, and the rapid
technological evolution of personal vehicles, the development of the
trucking industry has been somewhat overlooked. Other than enjoying the
sound of their honks, or being frustrated when stuck behind one on the
highway, most people do not pay much attention to the changes occurring...
When you think of the most advanced countries within the technology or
IT industries, among the first to come to mind is Japan. A country where
robots guide and serve people in hotels, and high-tech toilets are
deployed in public places. Because of this, my expectations were
extremely high when I planned several visits to premium brand automotive
dealers in Japan.