TGIF (May 13th)

Today was our final company visit, featuring Grob. When arriving at their office building (which was one of the nicest we saw during the trip), we were greated with light refreshments in a large meeting room. We would be introduced to our guide for the day and to the company. Grob produces machines that produce parts for automakers. Their customers include some of the biggest names in the industry, such as Tesla and BMW. We were shown some of the models that they make, raging in size, price, and capability. Something interesting about their facilities is that some of their customers want to keep their machines separate from those of other companies in order to not give away any information to competitors. Something else that I found interesting about the company, is that they use their own machines to make parts for new machines. Grob makes Grob. This visit overall was probably one of the best we went on. This was the only visit we had where we only had one guide the entire time we were there (shout out to him), and he was amazing!

When we left Grob, we made our way to the university to view a presentation by a former BMW engineer. He came to talk to us about BMW’s continued research into autonomous vehicles. They have been working on the technology for over a decade, which is very impressive. He was able to give us a lot of insight into progress the company has made in the process and the challenges they have faced along the way. It was great that this was our final presentation, as it was super engaging and it related directly to my project. It is interesting how much the company has invested in the technology, and just how much they will need to continue to invest in order to perfect it. The only way they can survive as a company over the next few decades is to make those investments and predict what consumers will want in the future.

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