Auburn Hills-based automotive supplier Faurecia and Southfield-based global professional services company Accenture today announced a signed memorandum of understanding for a five-year collaboration to develop products and services for connected and autonomous vehicles. The companies will initially focus on cognitive technologies to reinvent the on-board user experience and services to enhance health and wellness.
“This ground-breaking partnership between two leading players in their fields will take the use of artificial intelligence and data analytics to the next level in the automotive industry,” says Patrick Koller, CEO of Faurecia. “We will accelerate the transformation of our operations and develop new business models and user experiences for the Cockpit of the Future. This partnership will allow Faurecia to be more innovative and agile in the rapid introduction of new technologies, particularly for enhanced health and wellness and intuitive human-machine interfaces.”
Faurecia and Accenture also intend to leverage digital technologies including artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, augmented and virtual reality, blockchain, and quantum computing to further accelerate the digital transformation. This collaboration illustrates how the impact of Industry X.0, the shift of industrial manufacturing to digital products and services, will increasingly require new methods and processes to produce and deliver them as well as support them in the field.
Koller and Marc Carrel Billiard, senior managing director of Accenture global technology research and development, will hold a press conference during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on Jan. 8.