In­ter­net-en­abled driv­ing era dawns

China Daily (Canada) - - BUSINESS - By YU XIAOMING yux­i­aom­[email protected]­

Imag­ine when you’re driv­ing in the city and look­ing for an empty park­ing space, your in­ter­net-con­nected car finds an avail­able spot and tells you where to go to park.

That day is not as far off as you might think.

In the fu­ture, ve­hi­cles will “talk” to each other and to crit­i­cal in­fra­struc­ture. This con­nected ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy could change our trans­porta­tion sys­tems by en­abling safe, in­ter­op­er­a­ble wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion among ve­hi­cles, in­fra­struc­ture and per­sonal com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vices.

Sev­eral years ago, the phrase “in­tel­li­gent con­nected ve­hi­cles” might have been for­eign to many peo­ple, but now it is re­garded as the fu­ture of trans­porta­tion. Au­tomak­ers are throw­ing all kinds of ef­forts and money to achieve this goal, and they are col­lab­o­rat­ing with tech com­pa­nies to de­velop smart-con­nected cars.

The mar­ket value of the in­tel­li­gent con­nected ve­hi­cle in­dus­try and re­lated sec­tors in China is ex­pected to reach 100 bil­lion yuan ($14.5 bil­lion) by 2022, ac­cord­ing to a white pa­per re­leased by the Bei­jing Com­mis­sion of Econ­omy and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy.

Some auto com­pa­nies, such as Audi, Ford and Changan, are rac­ing into the in­tel­li­gent con­nected ve­hi­cles sec­tor, in a bid to ad­dress the chal­lenges in­volved in tech­ni­cal routes, data shar­ing and com­mer­cial­iza­tion, and to speed up the devel­op­ment of the in­tel­li­gent con­nected ve­hi­cle in­dus­try.

Audi China re­cently ob­tained a test li­cense for Level 4 au­tonomous driv­ing in Bei­jing. It was Audi China’s sec­ond test li­cense for au­tonomous driv­ing af­ter its first was granted in Wuxi in East China’s Jiangsu prov­ince, dur­ing the World In­ter­net of Things Ex­po­si­tion 2018 in Septem­ber.

“As an im­por­tant part of Audi’s 2025 strat­egy, Audi China is in­ten­si­fy­ing its devel­op­ment of au­tonomous driv­ing and in­tel­li­gent con­nected cars. We aim to pro­vide our Chi­nese cus­tomers with smart driv­ing tech­nol­ogy that is adapted to China’s road con­di­tions,” said Thomas Owsian­ski, pres­i­dent of Audi China.

Audi China will launch an­other devel­op­ment and test­ing hub in Wuxi in the first quar­ter of 2019 to sup­port test­ing of au­tonomous and con­nected driv­ing tech­nolo­gies on-site.

In Septem­ber, Ford Mo­tor also con­ducted tests of Cel­lu­lar Ve­hi­cleTo-Every­thing tech­nol­ogy, also known as C-V2X, for the first time on China’s pub­lic roads, ac­cel­er­at­ing the devel­op­ment and ap­pli­ca­tion of con­nected ve­hi­cle tech­nol­ogy.

C-V2X is an ad­vanced wire­less com­mu­ni­ca­tion tech­nol­ogy that al­lows ve­hi­cles, road in­fra­struc­ture, pedes­tri­ans and other traf­fic par­tic­i­pants to con­nect and “speak the same lan­guage” in real time.

It is con­sid­ered an im­por­tant sup­ple­ment to ve­hi­cle sen­sors that en­ables ve­hi­cles, stop­lights, traf­fic signs, cy­clists and pedes­trian de­vices to share in­for­ma­tion about their sta­tus, lo­ca­tion and next moves.

Ford has also con­ducted sim­i­lar tests in the United States and Europe, help­ing the com­pany to achieve its vi­sion of build­ing smart ve­hi­cles that ser­vice a smart world.

“With fast, safe and se­cure com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the com­po­nents of a mo­bil­ity net­work, we can achieve a more sus­tain­able trans­porta­tion sys­tem and more en­joy­able ex­pe­ri­ence for all,” said Julius March­wicki, di­rec­tor of con­nected ve­hi­cle plat­form and prod­uct de­liv­ery un­der Ford Asia-Pa­cific.

Mean­while, au­tomak­ers also are speed­ing up their col­lab­o­ra­tion with in­ter­net tech­nol­ogy com­pa­nies.

The CS35 PLUS, the first prod­uct from Chi­nese startup Uton, a joint ven­ture be­tween Changan Au­to­mo­bile and tech gi­ant Ten­cent, re­cently en­tered pro­duc­tion Chongqing.

Uton, with reg­is­tered cap­i­tal of 200 mil­lion yuan, is build­ing an open plat­form for the in­ter­net of ve­hi­cles, big data and cloud com­put­ing to pro­vide an over­all so­lu­tion for in­ter­net of ve­hi­cles.

The CS35 PLUS is equipped with the Ten­cent au­to­mo­tive ecosys­tem called AI in Car, which can in­te­grate sev­eral ser­vices and re­sources has in

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