Au­tomak­ers pro­mote au­tonomous driv­ing to tap enor­mous po­ten­tial

Shanghai Daily - - BUSINESS - Hu Yumo AUTO

AU­TO­MO­BILE man­u­fac­tur­ers are go­ing all out to pro­mote au­tonomous driv­ing tech­nolo­gies at the 2018 Asia Con­sumer Elec­tron­ics Show (CES Asia) to ride on the huge po­ten­tial of China’s self-driv­ing mar­ket.

Fifty-six au­to­mo­tive com­pa­nies ex­hib­ited their lat­est tech­nolo­gies and ve­hi­cles yes­ter­day at the CES Asia whose ex­hi­bi­tion area is nearly 50 per­cent big­ger than last year.

“China has a big mar­ket for au­tonomous driv­ing and the govern­ment is pro­mot­ing its de­vel­op­ment,” said Ralph Laux­mann, se­nior vice pres­i­dent of sys­tems & tech­nol­ogy, chas­sis & safety di­vi­sion of Ger­man au­toparts sup­plier Con­ti­nen­tal.

“In the fu­ture, per­sonal mo­bil­ity will be based on a com­bi­na­tion of dif­fer­ent trans­port modes, with au­tonomous ve­hi­cles play­ing a key role in cities,” said Laux­mann, adding that more than 220 cities in China are ex­pected to have a pop­u­la­tion above 1 mil­lion peo­ple in 2025.

“Asia is the per­fect mar­ket for the ad­vance­ments in self-driv­ing tech­nol­ogy where ma­jor cities will ben­e­fit from the gains these tech­nolo­gies bring – re­moval of hu­man er­ror, fewer ac­ci­dents and im­proved mo­bil­ity,” said John T. Kel­ley, se­nior di­rec­tor of in­ter­na­tional pro­grams and show di­rec­tor of CES Asia.

US au­tomaker Gen­eral Motors in­tro­duced its Su­per Cruise hands-free driv­ing tech­nol­ogy on the first day of CES Asia. GM said the tech­nol­ogy en­ables hands-free driv­ing on high­ways and pro­vides un­matched com­fort and con­ve­nience for long-dis­tance driv­ing. The tech­nol­ogy is ex­pected to be first ap­plied on the au­tomaker’s Cadil­lac CT6 40T Plat­inum pres­tige sedan, which is ex­pected to go on sale in the near fu­ture.

GM said Su­per Cruise will be ap­plied on all Cadil­lac mod­els, with the roll­out start­ing in 2020. Af­ter 2020, Su­per Cruise will be adopted by other GM brands.

Con­ti­nen­tal said it will bring an elec­tri­cally pow­ered ve­hi­cle with­out a driver, steer­ing wheel or brake pedal to China next year. Driver­less ve­hi­cles for short-dis­tance travel in cities can ef­fec­tively re­duce the pres­sure of daily travel, elim­i­nate traf­fic con­ges­tion and cut traf­fic pol­lu­tion, the com­pany said.

Mercedes-Benz is show­ing an au­tonomous con­cept car called smart vi­sion EQ fortwo. The car will find the user’s lo­ca­tion and pick up pas­sen­gers di­rectly from their cho­sen lo­ca­tion.

Baidu is of­fer­ing visi­tors to the show test rides of its self­driv­ing ve­hi­cles in the event’s out­door ex­hi­bi­tion area.

A man tries out a car at the CES Asia at the Shang­hai New In­ter­na­tional Expo Cen­ter yes­ter­day. More than 500 ex­hibitors joined the three-day fair which will end to­mor­row. — Wang Rongjiang

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