The most exciting news of the last few days was probably an interview by Saab AB CEO Håkan Buske with the Svenska Dagbladet, It's about nothing less than the return of Saab to the auto industry. Saab comes back 2017 with a new company.
Saab relies on synergies
This should, as it did before 70 years, build on synergy effects between aviation, military technology and automobiles. The Saab AB but will not come back as an automaker, but as a system supplier in the industry. The background is provided by the new IT infrastructure for the Flu E, which will be delivered to the Swedish Air Force from 2019. His technique could also be used in self-driving cars.
The new Gripen E system, like a smartphone, allows quick and easy addition of additional functions and elements. But all system-critical core functions are separately protected and can not be manipulated. The architecture of the new Gripen E, according to Håkan Buske, perfectly meets the requirements for autonomous driving. Also there must be ruled out that the core functions could be changed by unauthorized interference.
Another Saab innovation for the auto industry will be new radar systems. Saab has been developing for years a new radar generation whose circuits will work on a gallium nitride basis. This novelty should be more powerful and durable than previous systems. At the same time, even more compact radar systems could perform better, making them interesting for use in the autonomous car. Saab AB is also working with Ericsson on networking the upcoming systems with new 5G technology.
On the way to the automaker?
Saab back in the auto industry - a surprise! Not as a manufacturer of vehicles, but as an innovative system supplier. Perhaps this step could explain the failure of negotiations between NEVS and Saab AB. 1947 ventured the step from the plane to the car. 2017 is again focused on synergies.
How likely would the leap from supplier to manufacturer be? Electric cars are less complex in manufacturing and development than conventional burners. The ticket to the club of fully-fledged automakers talking about innovative, exclusive electric cars from Sweden would be much cheaper for Saab AB at the present time than it was before 70 years ago.
This is now from me and - admittedly - very far-fetched. But dreams must be allowed once.