The TVP Group, a developer and producer of body and chassis components, seat components, and engine gaskets, is facing the future with a very special project – an intelligent car body. “Such a body will work interactively with its users and assist them in running dynamics, safety, and driving comfort,” says Marko Gorjup, TVP Group President and CEO.
- By 2025 it is estimated that as much as 7.7 per cent of all cars produced worldwide will be electric. How is the TPV Group preparing for the green mobility era of the future?
As a company operating as a development and pre-development supplier for premium car manufacturers, we are also deeply involved in the development of electrification and using light materials for the vehicles of the future. We are already peeking into the future of vehicles based exclusively on electrical drives, and, consequently, the philosophy of zero CO2 emissions. In general, we try to use materials that can be 100% recycled and can be used ecologically for new generations of vehicles.
- You are developing a product called “intelligent car body.” How can intelligent bodies help drivers, and when will they hit the roads?
Intelligent car bodies and chassis are the successors of smart factories, or Industry 4.0, that will shape the car industry in the following decades. They will bring wider applicability of the vehicle, such as autonomous adaptations to road conditions, active vehicle interaction, and safety enhancements in accordance with the environment.
- How can the TVP Group use its solutions to help car manufacturers improve their business efficiency?
Through our own production needs, wealth of knowledge, and industry experience, we develop and market smart factory modules based on automation, digitalisation, and artificial intelligence, thus improving the manufacturing companies’ efficiency. One of the modules, for instance, is in-house logistics automatisation, under which we have also developed an automated guided vehicle (AGV), Optimatik 160, with its own central control system, which can be connected to other digitalisation systems and enables an efficient and reliable production supply. I would also like to draw attention to “bin picking” – a module for robotic sorting of randomly scattered objects with the help of machine vision and robotic placement of the sorted objects into the tool for further manipulation.
- Last year you were awarded the Golden Innovation Award by the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia for the integrated stepless door check. Which type of problem does it solve?
Unlike a regular door check, which holds the car door in only three positions while the door “bounces” either forward or back in all other positions, our integrated stepless door check holds the door in any position. In this way it considerably facilitates entering and exiting a car and simultaneously reduces the risk of car door damage. It has already been recognised as an outstanding functionality, so we were awarded the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Slovenia Innovation Award in addition to the already-mentioned Golden Innovation Award for the best Slovene innovation in the opinion of the national audience.
- You recently launched a TPV Innovation Station innovators’ platform. What kind of ideas are you looking for, and who can reach out to you?
We are looking for innovative ideas and solutions in the mobility and electrification fields. Through the platform we plan to connect with innovators, start-ups, research and developmental institutions, and for whom we can enable upgrades and generic development of their ideas through to the final product.