We will take a look at different industries in a series of three blogs. In discussing their past, present, and future, we will also explain the role staffing & consulting firms have come to play. To kick it off, we will be talking about the automotive industry. This business sector includes many different levels of production surrounding the main output and distribution of automobiles.
Where it’s Been
The history of the automotive industry traces back over a century. Primitive automobiles began popping up in Europe in the late decades of the 19th century. By the early 20th century, The United States had grown a large automotive industry of its own. Ford Motor Company was the early leading American company, followed by General Motors and Chrysler, which grew in similar size to form what the industry refers to as the “Big Three”. As the automotive sector grew throughout the century, jobs were created en masse and it became a driving force in economic growth. This dominance over the U.S. market also played a large role in the formation of American practices and technology. Ford in particular pioneered business practices which transcended the industry and influenced the behavior of many sectors. (Source: History.com)
Where it’s At
The automotive sector has come a long way since the invention of the automobile. Current manufacturers have added three main concepts to the industry since.
The automobiles of today point a laughing finger at the “point A to point B” machines that came before them. Air conditioning and power steering, amenities that would have rocked the market in the 1950s, are standard in today’s vehicles. Some Americans couldn’t even imagine taking a cruise without the latter, and depending on the climate, maybe even the former. Driver comforts now encompass a platoon of various measures designed to keep the operator comfortable such as heated seats, configuration memories, and advanced soundproofing. These advancements have grown steadily with the industry, each competitor trying to please the consumer in new and interesting ways.
Infotainment is another large aspect of the current automotive sector. A pretty straight-forward portmanteau, the term combines “information” and “entertainment”, usually concerned with the perspective of user experience (UX). Early consumers of automobiles were content were a simple gauge cluster and could cede extreme precision for affordability. However, recent innovations in digital technology have bred new possibilities, and the continued efforts of automotive companies to guide the perception of cars as more than just vehicles has led to a great demand for infotainment. Today’s automobiles source the latest technology and equipment to provide impressive visual and auditory displays as well as maximize the UX of the vehicle’s functionality.
Alongside comfort and infotainment, automotive companies prioritize the innovation of driving technology. This is largely domineered by autonomous driving tech, but also includes less ambitious implementations like driver’s assist tech. Autonomous driving is a concept which aims to allow vehicles to drive themselves–that is, controlling the throttle and steering itself. While a very ambitious goal, automotive companies are making progress in what might be a future reality of autonomous vehicles. While not as flashy as self-driving, driver’s assist technology also accounts for significant innovative efforts in the industry. Implementations such as lane assist, back-up cameras, and collision sensors call on the forefront of technological advancement in order to increase safety and ease of operating an automobile.
Before comfort, infotainment, and driving tech must come the vehicle these things will go into. Automotive companies are really good at this part; they have spent more than a century figuring out the best way to engineer an automobile. Their facilities are built for it, their teams are experienced for it, and they generally have the best strategies to bring vehicles to the road. However, in order to keep such a standard, these companies look to staffing firms to tackle many of the tertiary projects that go into vehicle manufacturing such as comfort, infotainment, and driving tech. Calling on outside support means automotive manufacturers can set their sights much more widely and retain focus on their main product.
Where it’s Going
The automotive industry is ever-evolving, even more-so in the advent of clean energy initiatives. This strategy is two-fold; companies seek to improve internal combustion engines (ICE) while waiting for electric alternatives to see improvements in infrastructure and practicality.
Internal Combustion Engines
Manufacturers meet the desire for efficient, yet powerful ICE vehicles by decreasing engine size and adding turbochargers–which add power without additional use of fuel. While the industry may consider electric vehicles (EVs) a possible future for clean transportation, they are making sure not to give up on improving ICE vehicles for the time being. Innovative projects like these can be carried out with the help of staffing firms. These firms can provide teams to handle production as well as experienced professionals to lead and execute projects.
Companies like Rivian and Tesla which popped up recently exist solely in the EV market. These automakers focus on producing fully-electric consumer vehicles and have recently set their sights on commercial applications as well. Tesla is also a great example of the automotive sector’s cross-industry potential. They used vehicle manufacturing to fund innovations in technology and data that has brought them a great distance from just a “car company”. Much of the industry from ICE-manufacturing backgrounds. These companies can use staffing firms in order to source Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), which can offer consulting, team management, and project design services. This way, a company can use its resources more effectively in transitioning from ICE to EV and see more success and return in its projects.
At blueStone Staffing, we have had the pleasure of working with leaders in the automotive industry. Professionals sourced by our recruiters have been instrumental in the creation and implementation of technologies used in vehicles across America. We know firsthand how important the right staffing strategy can be in the automotive industry, and we are glad to include our own experiences in that account!
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