Their importance can be compared with that of electromobility or lightweight construction. However, this development also holds enormous opportunities: whether with connected cars, intelligent assistance systems, or innovative control concepts − with in-car IT, suppliers can unlock new revenue sources and break out of their small niche in the supply chain. Although the suppliers' management has largely recognized this, many of them still believe that there is a significant need for action if they want to keep pace with new technologies. But they can learn from the software and IT industry in particular when building up the respective capabilities.
The growing relevance of electronics and software in cars is confronting suppliers with technical and strategic challenges.