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Drive profitable and sustainable new growth in the dynamic world of mobility with automotive industry solutions.

The race for automotive digital transformation

Carmakers, suppliers, and dealerships are under intense pressure to transform their businesses and prepare for the future of mobility. 

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EV manufacturing and adoption

Driven by climate change and new technology, global sales of electric vehicles (EVs) spiked by 43% in 2020, even as overall car sales declined. To keep pace, carmakers and suppliers are manufacturing more plug-in, hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles, as well as EV charging stations, batteries, and more circular vehicle parts.

Connected cars and advanced driver assistance systems

OEMs are racing to develop technology for connected cars and ADAS systems. Carmakers can integrate smart technology, such as LIDAR, ultrasound, and IoT sensors, into their vehicles to attract modern buyers – and through a cloud-based vehicle to everything (v2x) infrastructure to send and receive car data that can be used to create services.

Mobility as a service (MaaS) and shared mobility

E-hailing companies, such as Uber, account for 90% of the US$130 billion mobility-as-a-service industry, but auto OEMs are looking at where they might fit in, especially in the area of employer-backed programs. Car sharing provides opportunities for companies, such as Toyota’s Kinto, to meet consumer demand for greater value, convenience, and sustainability. 

Resilient automotive supply chains

On-board technologies and EV components add additional requirements to already-complex automotive supply chains. Car battery and auto chip shortages threaten to remove millions of cars from production lines. To create more resilient supply chains – and to minimize global disruptions – automotive companies need the real-time visibility of advanced analytics.

Automotive digital retailing

Digital retailing options, such as contactless car buying and online dealerships, rose out of necessity during the pandemic, but they are fast becoming preferred purchasing routes. Dealers can use e-commerce technology and CRM data to support omnichannel vehicle sales and other services, such as accepting trade-ins and arranging test drives and deliveries.

The drive to sustainability

Consumers and regulators are sending a clear message to automakers: prioritize lower carbon footprints, resource efficiency, and circularity in your products and services. Automakers need the ability to trace materials and components across the value chain, and to refine internal processes for sustainability across the product lifecycle.

Featured automotive solutions

SAP E-Mobility

Build, monitor, and run EV charging networks at scale with a cloud solution that offers end-to-end functionality, from diverse charging scenarios to billing and communication. 

SAP Returnable Packaging Management

Track returnable packaging materials, such as crates, boxes, and pallets, to and from partners in real time to reduce waste and run a more sustainable automotive supply chain.

SAP Industry Network for Automotive

Enable next-generation automotive processes through an open and intelligent industry network.

The future of electric cars

Explore new and emerging EV technology.

Get started with SAP's cloud solutions for automotive

SAP can help you start or enhance your digital transformation – no matter where you are in your journey. If you have yet to move to cloud ERP, you can get started with RISE with SAP for Automotive. If you already have cloud ERP – from SAP or any vendor – you can enhance your ERP capabilities with our automotive industry cloud solutions. 

RISE with SAP for Automotive

RISE with SAP provides customers with complete business transformation as a service (BTaaS) in a single package. At its core is the SAP S/4HANA Cloud suite, business process intelligence, technology credits, and more. RISE with SAP for Automotive also includes solutions for: 

  • Product lifecycle costing
  • Cloud-based digital manufacturing
  • Digital vehicle hub 
  • Returnable packaging management
  • Automated self-billing 
  • Collaborative supplier problem-solving

Industry cloud solutions

Built by SAP and our partners on an open platform, SAP’s industry cloud solutions address specific industry needs for the auto sector. Designed to work with your existing SAP and third-party systems, these specialized cloud applications can help you drive cost-effective transformation and sustainable growth. 

  • Cloud-based automotive solutions 
  • Built by SAP and our partners
  • Work with existing systems
  • Extension of your current investments

Featured cloud solutions for automotive

SAP Supplier Problem-Solving

Find and fix the root cause of quality issues quickly using 8D methodology on a collaborative platform for buyers, such as OEMs, part manufacturers, and tier 1 automotive suppliers, and their suppliers. 

SAP Digital Vehicle Suite

Achieve a holistic approach to vehicle, sales, and data management and focus on the future of mobility with solutions that provide a vehicle-centric view of sales and car-as-a-service processes.

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