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New technologies play a key role in resolving challenges from lowering fuel consumption and CO2 emission to improving security and reducing traffic congestion. In some areas, such as navigation and connectivity, technology is also making great progress on the impacting the interaction between the car, driver and environment. So, how are automotive companies adopting these new technologies? What should the OEMs, parts suppliers and emerging IT/software companies do to embrace this change? How are these new automotive technologies developing? What is their future? How can we build an intelligent car and intelligent city?

On the morning of June 8th, a plenary session called the “Next Generation Technology’s Impact on the Auto Industry” was held in the 2017 Global Automotive Forum in Chongqing. Top managers from global leading parts suppliers shared their visions on the future of new technologies and the role of cars in a future city.

James R. Verrier, President and CEO of BorgWarner Inc., USA explained thatthe vision of BorgWarner is to build a clean and energy-efficient world, and they start by helping vehicles become cleaner and more energy-efficient. BorgWarner has identified four trends in the automotive industry: unmanned driving, car sharing, connectivity and CO2 emission reduction. The four trends are not mutually exclusive but are complementary to each other.

So, will BorgWarner shift their focus on the new energy automotive market? James R. Verrier pointed out that the current vehicle transmission system only includes traditional fuels, hybrid technology and new energy. The size of their respective impacts is not clear, and believes nobody has a good prediction. Therefore, the future of BorgWarner will not reduce its proportion of business on fuel systems, but improve their businesses in these three areas at the same time.

James R. Verrier explained by 2025, 30% motor vehicles will be produced and sold in the Chinese market, and 35% to 50%of pure electric and hybrid cars will be made in the Chinese market. China will undoubtedly lead the development of pure electric vehicles around the world.

Corporate Technology Officer of Continental AG Kurt Lehmann said Continental AG is very intuitive and intelligent: 1.3 million people die each year because of traffic accidents in world wild, and intelligent technology can help reduce that figure. Meanwhile, driverless vehicles can also improve long time spent in cars by "turning waste into treasure." He continued by saying, “We are making efforts in this regard. China Netcom and China Unicom maintains a good cooperative partnership with Continental AG in automotive connectivity. Last week, Baidu and Continental AG signed cooperation agreement on artificial intelligence. We attached great importance to driverless transportation and hope to promote unmanned driving development."

"Electrification and internet connected vehicles is the direction of the automotive industry in recent years, and Magna is closely following this trend in order to maintain competitive advantage in the future," said Jerry Lavine, Vice President of advanced product development at Magna International who also believes that China will be the largest electric car market in the future.

Jerry Lavine pointed out that for every car manufacturer, autonomous driving requires extensive research and development, but for most car companies, the car network is not their field of expertise, so they need excellent suppliers to provide a more mature system. Magna has excellent control systems to effectively reduce the cost of the entire manufacturing process and get a better risk return ration, and at the same time will not violate the laws and regulations. In Jerry Lavine’s view, the car is not just a specific product, but it will be transformed into a travel program and become a system in the future. People will have more travel options than before and can make the balance between cost and convenience, which are challenges facing the whole industry.

"The number of computers that the future motor vehicles contain will be reduced because computer capacity will be enhanced,” Delphi autonomous driving and automation of network services, General Manager Matthew Kardel said. Mr. Kardel thinks that the ultimate realization of autonomous driving requires qualitative change in computing power. At the same time, "data is a new fuel" and autonomous driving relies on the calculation of speed as well as massive data. Matthew Kardel expressed that Delphi focused on three technologies: computing, autonomous driving and data to deal with the “challenge of last mile” Mr. Kardel explained that they do not want to completely replace public transport, but extend and expand public transportation including airports, bus stations, train stations and metros so as to finish the point-to-point autonomous driving.

Michael Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Limited, UK, said that UK is leading autonomous driving. In the automotive field, China and Britain have maintained a good cooperative relationship. Changan, BYD and other auto companies have invested in the UK; Land Rover and Jaguar also have invested in China. In effect, pure electric vehicles now account for only 1% of market share, but maintain an average annual growth of 30% each year. Not only are powertrain, lightweight materials enjoying rapid development, but composite materials and other technologies are, too.

He believes the market value of autonomous driving will reach $51 billion in 2030 although powerful computing ability is a prerequisite in addition to the acceptance from the market because according to the research only 50% people are comfortable with autonomous driving.

Documentary of GAF2016