The automotive and transportation industry is in the middle of its largest transformation in decades. External pressures, such as changing consumer preferences, regulations and more are driving forces behind this disruption. But internal pressures play an equally significant role. The drive for new business models, improved vehicle development processes and, of course, the pursuit of cutting edge vehicle technologies each contribute to the reshaping of a hundred-year-old industry.
In this new series of the Future Car podcast, I speak with Nand Kochhar about the trends and overriding forces in the automotive industry today. In the first episode, we talk about the state of the industry and introduce the idea of the ‘transportation revolution’ that has taken hold in the automotive industry. Electrification and automated driving capabilities are taking hold, driving increased vehicle complexity and demanding new methods for automotive design and production. We also hit on the development of new partnerships in the automotive industry, how infrastructure plays a role in electric vehicle adoption, and how companies of various sizes are responding to the challenges of today’s automotive industry.
You can listen to first episode of our transportation revolution series below, or by subscribing to the Future Car podcast on all major platforms. Stay tuned for more from Nand and I in the coming weeks!
Transportation Revolution: Introduction
Welcome to the very first episode of this new series of The Future Car Podcast – The Transportation Revolution! I’m your host, Conor Peick, Thought Leadership Writer at Siemens Digital Industries Software. Joining me on the show today is Nand Kochhar, Vice President at Siemens Automotive and Transportation Industry, who shares his perspective on how COVID-19 has affected his workflow from a manufacturing standpoint.
I also ask Nand what tech trends he’s noticed having worked in the industry for such a long time, why infrastructure plays such a key role in the development and logistical efforts of manufacturing electric vehicles, and what digital transformation has meant for his sector at Siemens.
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Nand Kochhar – VP, Automotive & Transportation Industries
Nand Kochhar is the vice president of Automotive and Transportation Industry Strategy for Siemens Digital Industries Software. He joined Siemens in 2020 after nearly 30 years with Ford Motor Company, where he most recently served as Global Safety Systems Chief Engineer. In this capacity, Kochhar was responsible for vehicle safety performance of all Ford and Lincoln brand products globally. He also served as Executive Technical Leader, CAE, and as a member of Ford’s Technology Advisory Board. Kochhar’s tenure at Ford also included executive engineering leadership across a range of disciplines including in product development, manufacturing, digitalization, simulation technology development and implementation.
Kochhar has additionally been active in SAE International, where he has served as Chairman of the Executive standards committee, leader of a cross-industry group focused on driving standards for mobility, autonomous vehicle development, electrification and connectivity. Kochhar also served as Chairman of SAE’s Motor Vehicle Council for 2015-16 terms, after which he was named the Vice Chair of Technical Standards Board (TSB) in 2017 and then TSB Chair in 2018 and 2019.
Kochhar graduated from Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) with a master’s degree in Engineering Mechanics. He was inducted as a member of the Academy of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineers at Missouri S&T in 2005. He lives in Northville, Michigan with his wife and two kids.
Conor Peick – Thought Leadership Writer
Conor works as a writer covering Automotive and Transportation topics for Siemens Digital Industries Software. In this role, he has helped produce a variety of materials including blogs, articles and whitepapers on automotive topics ranging from wire harness design and manufacturing to embedded software development and overall industry trends.
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