The most exciting news of the past few days was probably an interview with Saab AB CEO Håkan Buske 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. This step could possibly explain the failure of the negotiations between NEVS and Saab AB. In 1947 they dared to switch from airplane to car. In 2017 the focus is again on synergies.
How likely would the jump from supplier to manufacturer be? Electric cars are less complex to manufacture and develop than conventional combustion engines. If we are talking about innovative, exclusive electric cars from Sweden, the ticket to the club of fully-fledged automakers would be much cheaper for Saab AB in the present than it was 70 years ago.
Now that's mine and - admittedly - very far-fetched. But dreams must also be allowed once.