Nuevo Leon Automotive Cluster’s Driven Innovation Center is venturing into technologies for the next generation of mobility solutions, announcing the creation of the Center for Industrial Innovation in the Mobility of the Future, which will be ready by 2025.
“The idea is to have workshop areas that enable us to manufacture most of the prototypes that we have planned for this center, as well as traditional mechanical testing laboratories for: durability, fatigue, mechanical stress, some environmental exposure and thermal cameras, in addition to a prototype assembly line,” Ricardo Apaez, General Director, Driven Center, told El Economista.
The evolution of the center is part of the natural journey of the automotive industry, with OEMs becoming mobility providers rather than automakers and suppliers innovating to meet the new demands of the sector. Over the past three years, the Driven Innovation Center has been working in the world of electromobility. Since its creation in 2016, the center has been focused on design and simulation for the automotive industry.
The new Center for Industrial Innovation in the Mobility of the Future is still under development. It involves a 5,000m2 expansion of the physical space of the Driven Innovation Center, which is located at the Research and Innovation Park in Nuevo Leon (PIIT) to grow the design and simulation laboratory and provide consultancy for technological surveillance, competitive intelligence, patent search and market studies.
"What is sought with this new project is to take the leap toward the manufacture of prototypes, tests, manufacture of short series, and validations up to the test track," said Apaez. The project includes enabling the roads of the PIIT with technological infrastructure similar to that of a smart city. Currently, the PIIT has 10km of paved roads, with about 3,500 people working. “We see it with great potential to be a laboratory on a real scale with real activity to develop smart city technologies,” said Apaez. Also, the center is aiming to add land near to the PIIT “where we can have high braking tracks, with ascending and descending ramps and uneven surface. These roads are currently used by heavy vehicles,” he added.
This ambitious project will put the Driven Innovation Center and Nuevo Leon’s automotive industry in a pioneering position worldwide, with similar projects being carried out in Germany, the US and Canada. With potential arrivals of Tesla and new automotive companies, the state “requires a strong technological push of electromobility. It is the piece of the puzzle that we need," said Apaez.