随着计算机技术的不断发展，汽车行业管理信息系统的重心不断转移。在应用的早期阶段，信息技术主要是计算机辅助设计（CAD）、计算机辅助制造（CAM）、计算机集成制造（CIM），计算机辅助工程（CAE），这通常被称为C4（CAD / CAM / CIM / CAE）系统。后来，1990左右，知识工程的概念（KBE）[ 1 ]，整合生产开发（IPD）、系统工程、全面质量管理（TQM）、计算机辅助后勤系统（CALS）[ 2 ]出来。2000，EDS公司提出了一个智能信息系统（IIS），结合并行工程（CE）、知识管理（KM）和计算机辅助制造（CIM）的潜力，以提高汽车制造过程的生产率3。IIS的功能是系统地收集和监控过程中的度量，因此有助于识别产品、过程和组织改进的机会。
泽农的HMI/SCADA软件是一个信息管理系统的开发copa-data公司优化汽车产业[ 4 ]生产过程。其主要目的是确保库存库存减少，供应速度在整个时间内得到加强，这意味着最大限度地利用了生产能力。软件功能基于一个以透明和集成的方式运行的HMI / SCADA平台，所有的操作都可以在整个异构系统的基础上控制，以产生全面的、全面的解决方案。
西门子开发的产品生命周期管理（PLM）软件是一种广泛应用于汽车工业的信息管理工具，它在整个产品生命周期中创造透明度和生产率的能力[ 5 ]。在今天的汽车工业中，全球化和零部件的大规模生产使企业在跨系统边界的网络中运作。PLM系统是一个集成开发、生产和分销的系统，专门针对汽车行业，实现协同设计、数据管理、咨询服务和产品可视化。
车间MES系统的在线灯塔公司开发的是一个信息管理实施的旨在支持维护性能和一致性通过数据和汽车业[ 6 ]使它的操作感自动采集。该系统可以通过Web浏览器访问任何参与维护、工程和质量部门的人。信息可以在组织内共享，而不是只局限于地方的坐标测量机（CMM）居住，并将显示或通知相应的根据不同层次。车间在线MES已被公司雇佣的日产汽车和蒂森克虏伯，水，和已经证明了它的好处在数据收集和共享。
In recent years, the application of management information systems (MIS) has been accepted by most of automotive companies as an effective way to enhance their competencies in this field. The MIS is quite helpful for management in an automotive company, as it provides an accessible and rapid tool for the communication of information involved in operation.Various management information systems have been developed and applied to address different needs in automotive industry.
While the computer technology is advancing every day, the emphasis of the MIS in automotive industry is constantly shifting. At the early stage of its application, the information technology was mostly for computer-aided design (CAD), computer-aided manufacturing (CAM), computer-integrated manufacturing (CIM), and computer-aided engineering (CAE), which are commonly known as C4 (CAD/CAM/CIM/CAE) systems.Later, around 1990, concepts of knowledge-based engineering (KBE) , integrated production development (IPD), systems engineering, total quality management (TQM), computer-aided logistics system (CALS)  came out. In 2000, EDS proposed an information management system named intelligent information system (IIS) combining potential of concurrent engineering (CE), knowledge management (KM) and computer-aided manufacturing (CIM), for the purpose of improving productivity in automotive manufacturing process . The IIS functions in the systematic collection and monitoring of in-process metrics, and is thus helpful in identification of opportunities for product, process, and organization (PPO) improvements.
The zenon HMI/SCADA software is an information management system developed by COPA-DATA company to optimize the production process in automotive industry . Its main purpose if to ensure that the inventory stocks are reduced and the speed of supply is enhanced throughout time, which means the production capacities is utilized to a maximum extend. The software functions based on an HMI/SCADA platform which operates in a transparent and integrated manner, and all the operations can be controlled in the overall system over heterogeneous infrastructures to yield holistic and comprehensive solutions.
The Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software developed by Siemens is an information management tool widely used in automotive industry, for its strength in creating transparency and productivity duringthe entire product life cycle . In today’s automotive industry, globalization and mass-production of parts have made companies operate in networks across system boundaries. The PLM system is an implementation to integrate development, production and distribution specifically tailored to automotive industry, enabling collaborative design, data management, consulting service, and visualization of products.
The Shopfloor-Online MES developed by Lighthouse System Ltd. is an information management implementation designed to support performance maintenance and conformance through automatic collection of data and making operational sense of it for automotive industry . The system can be accessed by anyone involved in maintenance, engineering and quality departments via a web browser. Information can be shared within the organization, instead of being confined to places where the Coordinated Measuring Machines (CMMs) are housed, and will be displayed or alerted correspondingly according to different levels. The Shopfloor-Online MES has been employed by companies as Nissan, Hydro Automotive and Thyssen Krupp, and has demonstrated its benefits in data collection and sharing.