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… another opens, as the saying goes.

Traditionally, that phrase is used to signify a failure, or something negative finishing and then you move onto something more positive in your life. In the case of the Digitalisation Roadmap, however, both sides of it are positive.

Since July 2020, we have engaged with the industry in several ways; carried out 1-2-1 interviews with subject matter experts, run six online workshops, and issued a survey to the wider industry in November 2020.

In total, we have directly engaged with over 130 people through our workshops and 1-2-1 interviews from over 75 organisations. These included OEMs, universities, Catapults, RTOs, technology / solution providers, engineering consultancies and companies from the automotive supply chain.

IDE participated at CENEX LCV in November, and we hope some of you have been able to catch up with it if you did not make it along on the day.

The team have now completed the data gathering activities and are progressing through our data analysis and consolidation phase. The team have developed a hypothesis for the new UK Automotive Council Digitalisation Roadmap, which includes chevrons created from all the inputs we have collected so far.

Coupled with this, we are also beginning to write the narrative to support the hypothesis, which will provide the basis for the content of the report, to be released in March 2021.

So, as the door has closed on our engagement activities, the door to the consolidation, content and dissemination planning has opened. It’s an exciting (and busy!) time leading up to Christmas for us all, making sure we are ready to come back in January re-charged and to hit the ground running with the ongoing write up activities.

I would also like to express our most sincere thanks to every single person who has been involved in the roadmap to date; our Steering Group members, workshop and interview attendees and those who completed the survey. The development of the roadmap would not have been possible without the support of everyone involved.

Finally, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all; we cannot wait to begin to share our findings and results with you next year!


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