Opportunities and Hindrances to Collaborative Automotive Development
The automotive industry is a global industry in which regulatory, economical, and practical issues act not only as incentives, but as barriers and also drivers to collaboration. This paper specifically deals with regulatory and economical reasons to increase collaboration in vehicle development and manufacturing. It discusses typical socio-cultural and technical differences impacting German / North American business relationships, and shows which activities in the product development process have to be changed or added if a vehicle is to be designed and produced globally. A survey of the capabilities and weaknesses of current collaboration tools supports the material presented. The paper is a summary of a presentation held in May 2005 at BMW Munich by the co-authors.