Stellantis bet on 3D and 4D technologies to become a technological vehicle

Stellantis bet on 3D and 4D technologies to become a technological vehicle

The technologies adopted at the Internet Center in Betim help Stellantis in the development of Fiat brand models, as well as others in the group (Credit: Disclosure)

A recent job posting on Stellantis’ Latin American LinkedIn profile for the technology and software areas is an indication. The car manufacturing group made up of the Fiat car maker, along with 13 other brands, is looking for experts to strengthen two key sectors in the company’s mission to become a technological car. The strategy involves the development of solutions in products and services with an emphasis on energy efficiency, reducing emissions, technological vehicles. “Stellantis is investing an additional 30 billion euros by 2025 to create an electrification and transformation program,” said Antonio Filosa, President of Stellantis Latin America. “We are part of an ecosystem with companies that work in the field of advanced technology. This makes us a more modern company, able to produce products and solutions that can be customized, because sustainable mobility is about thinking about cars , but also about people and their access to opportunities.

The integration of technology with products and production processes, in the opinion of the executive, makes the customer “the center, the reason for all technological solutions”, he said. And the car becomes a market, a continuation of the connected life of the user, who from inside the car can access shopping, entertainment and other services. “We’re committed to developing software that supports embedded electronics, which are only going to get bigger and more complex.”

And a visit to the automation factory in Betim, Minas Gerais, is enough to realize how much technology is incorporated into daily processes. Tech Center, an automotive engineering complex capable of developing any project from scratch. The centerpiece of this industry is the Internet Center, which brings together innovations from the digital and engineering worlds. Created after an investment of R$ 4.1 million, it is divided into three areas: a virtual reality room, an integrated room and a workshop.

In the virtual reality room, it is possible, with the help of 3D glasses, to capture images of the car as a whole. And, with the use of joysticks, make it interactive. “It is possible to remove the oil pump, to simulate the change in the dealer”, said Marcus Paulo, product engineering manager at Stellantis. “And in an online environment, it is possible to identify if there is any difficulty in changing this feature with the technical support team, so that technical adjustments can be made even in the online phase.”

In the connected room, the interaction is carried out in the convertible cockpit, and the actual dimensions of the car are analyzed. In this environment, virtual reality is in 4D. With the use of immersive virtual reality glasses, connected to a wireless system, the feeling is of being inside the car. Interaction can also occur with the use of electronic gloves, which have sensors capable of reproducing hand movements in a normal environment. And in the workshop, after the digital confirmation, the construction of physical models of the internal and external components of the new car begins, such as the headlight, console and flashlight, for example. Materials used in the construction of these prototypes are resin, carbon fiber, fiberglass and 3D printing.

Stellantis’ proposal to be a technological vehicle also involves reducing emissions from emissions. Only the use of chips and software in cars makes it possible to get rid of 25 kg of cables, for example. In terms of carbon emissions, the goal is to reduce carbon emissions by 50% by 2030 and reach 100% by 2038. And the main strategy includes expanding the portfolio of electric vehicles. “We plan to expand the sales mix of parts to 100% in Europe by 2030, to 50% in the United States and 20% in South America,” said João Irineu, Product Compliance Director for South America.

In the case of Brazil, the combination of electricity and ethanol is a big difference that will allow cost-effective decarbonization. The company is looking for partners among suppliers to develop components in the country, including batteries. According to Irineu, Stellantis intends to strengthen the hybrid hybrid project, considered the best way to transition to electricity. He did not expect a release date and models. The group’s electric division consists of the Fiat 500e, Peugeot e-208GT, Citroën Ë-Jumpy, Peugeot e-Expert and e-Scudo vehicles, as well as the Jeep Compass 4xe plug-in hybrid.