Audi, Daimler, Volvo re-think automation

Audi, Daimler, Volvo re-think automation

A worker at Audi’s plant in Neckarsulm, Germany, organizes parts used on the A8. Audi says that today’s robots cannot deal with the complexity facing their human colleagues, who assemble six model lines and 21 vehicle derivatives at the factory using roughly 56,000 parts from 1,200 suppliers. From the moment they were created, the pair known as "Heidi" and "Erin" were destined to be with each other their whole lives — or at least as long as their Audi A7 wasn’t involved in a crash. In Neckarsulm, Audi’s most flexible plant, driver-side airbags are named after girls, while the […]

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