In­tel­li­gent cars: The future of trans­porta­tion

China Daily (USA) - - SHANGHAI - ByYURAN in Shang­hai yu­ran@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Get­ting in­tel­li­gent con­nected ve­hi­cles to be more widely ap­plied in China’s au­to­mo­bile mar­ket will be es­sen­tial to helping the in­dus­try progress in the future, ex­perts em­pha­sized dur­ing a sub-fo­rum on Sept 25 that is part of the four-day Pu­jiang In­no­va­tion Fo­rum.

The fo­rum, which takes place in Shang­hai ev­ery year, aims to pro­mote in­no­va­tion by build­ing a plat­form to fa­cil­i­tate the ex­change of new ideas in var­i­ous in­dus­tries.

“In­tel­li­gent con­nected ve­hi­cles are at the fore­front of sci­en­tific and in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment. Tech­nolo­gies re­lated to au­to­mo­bile in­tel­li­gen­ti­za­tion and con­nect­ed­ness are turn­ing the world into a smarter and greener planet,” said George Crabtree, direc­tor of the joint cen­ter for en­ergy stor­age re­search at Ar­gonne Na­tional Lab­o­ra­tory in the United States.

Crabtree and his team have car­ried out a se­ries of re­search projects on how com­pa­nies can re­duce the cost and boost the life­span of lithium bat­tery. They are aim­ing to in­crease bat­tery ca­pac­ity by five times while low­er­ing the cost to just 20 per­cent of the cur­rent amount.

“In the future, the cus­tomer is go­ing to pay for au­to­mated mo­bil­ity ser­vices in­stead of own­ing a car which will fea­ture an elec­tri­cal en­gine that of­fers high per­for­mance at a low cost,” said Crabtree.

“Au­to­mated driv­ing” was the catch phrase through­out most of the speeches dur­ing the fo­rum, with many be­liev­ing that it rep­re­sents the future of driv­ing.

“Au­to­mated driv­ing is a rev­o­lu­tion in progress. In the near future we will be able to drive an elec­tric car with a to­tally au­to­mated sys­tem that can de­ter­mine the routes to take, find park­ing lots and com­plete the park­ing process,” said Re­naud Bon­homme, direc­tor of Bosch Chas­sis Sys­tems Con­trol (China).

China is one of the largest au­tomak­ers in the world and many re­gions and en­ter­prises have al­ready made plans to be in­volved in in­tel­li­gent con­nected ve­hi­cles.

Ze­bra In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, a joint ven­ture between SAIC Mo­tor and e-com­merce giant Alibaba, is one ex­am­ple of how com­pa­nies are work­ing to­gether to in­te­grate the In­ter­net and in­tel­li­gent au­to­mo­bile.

In June, the com­pany launched the Roewe RX5, the world’s first In­ter­net-con­nected SUV, set­ting a new mile­stone in the in­tel­li­gent con­nected ve­hi­cle in­dus­try.

“The sig­nif­i­cance of in­tel­li­gent con­nected ve­hi­cles not only lies in the up­grad­ing of au­to­mo­bile prod­ucts and tech­nolo­gies, but also in the re­shap­ing of the over­all struc­ture and value chain of the au­to­mo­bile and re­lated in­dus­tries,” said Hao Fei, deputy gen­eral man­ager of Ze­bra In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Co Ltd.

“We are mak­ing in­ter­net­con­nected cars not just to solve driv­ing prob­lems, but to in­cor­po­rate the au­to­mo­bile into our smart way of life.”

In the near future we will be able to drive an elec­tric car with a to­tally au­to­mated sys­tem that can de­ter­mine the routes to take, find park­ing lots and com­plete the park­ing process.”

Re­naud Bon­homme,

direc­tor of Bosch Chas­sis Sys­tems Con­trol (China)

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