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Telefonica targets automotive, smart manufacturing

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Deal with Spanish car maker Seat will focus on 5G for enablement of smart manufacturing processes for automotive

Spanish telco Telefonica has signed an agreement with compatriot car maker SEAT to develop innovative initiatives in the automotive industry. The agreement reached, which makes Telefónica a strategic IT supplier to SEAT, is set within the framework of SEAT’s strategy to position itself as a benchmark company in connected, digitized mobility solutions. Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will collaborate for the application of  5G connectivity in the connected car and the development of digital transformation projects to smart manufacturing process.

“With this agreement, SEAT consolidates itself as a benchmark in the sector’s digitalisation. Joining forces with Telefónica as a strategic partner enables us to take a major step forward in our commitment to offering mobility solutions that make lives easier for the drivers of our vehicles,” said SEAT president Luca de Meo.

“How big data and blockchains will influence the sector, or how decisive 5G will be for the future of the autonomous and connected car are a few of the innovations that Telefónica and SEAT are going to work on together,” Telefónica España’s president Luis Miguel Gilpérez, said.

Under the framework of the agreement, both companies will work in different innovation sessions and idea workshops with the aim of proposing and assessing applications for 5G technology in vehicles. The proposals that are identified as offering added value will be put through pilot tests in real-life settings, the two companies said.

The cooperation will also introduce the development and implementation of Industry 4.0 initiatives in the vehicle manufacturing process. Telefónica and SEAT are collaborating on a proof of concept based on Blockchain technology to improve the tracking of parts within the supply chain at the Martorell factory.

 

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