Automotive News announced its PACE Award winners this week. PACE stands for Premier Automotive Suppliers Contributions to Excellence. The annual awards program honors innovation, technology advancements and business performance by automotive suppliers.
Our Teamcenter In-Vehicle Software (IVS) Management System won in the Information Technology and Services category.
From the judges: "The current number of lines of code is about 10 million in a typical vehicle. By 2015, 100 million lines of code will be within connected vehicles. Siemens and Ford have created a software management system permitting them to monitor every vehicle variation on a global basis down to the vehicle identification number. This innovation extends the lifetime control Ford has of its global fleet by leveraging existing software management processes that also maintain security protocols for firewalls between competing suppliers."
PLM technology like IVS helps OEMs address maintenance issues by integrating mechanical, electrical, electronic and software data in one system. See the videos on Automotive News’ website that highlight each of the winning technologies. The video on IVS notes Ford saved $100 million in warranty costs. Ford won several PACE awards with their suppliers.