The world is becoming increasingly complex: The climate is changing, natural resources are dwindling, cities are growing enormously. Automation and artificial intelligence have the potential to transform the way we work, live and move. What is the role of safe and secure mobility in this setting? And how can the automotive industry work towards making changes that impact positively not just business but society as a whole?
How smart mobility is re-shaping the industry
Kurt Sievers, Executive Vice President and General Manager Automotive at NXP, invited fellow industry colleagues and partners to discuss the industry’s transformation and the arising technological opportunities during the NXP FTF Connects Silicon Valley. (You can watch the keynote recording.)
Global megatrends certainly bring irrefutable benefits including growing connectivity and smarter cities. But they also imply negative effects including air pollution, overcrowded cities and heavy traffic. This traffic takes its toll with 1.3 million lives lost each year in accidents worldwide.
The autonomous car industry cannot provide solutions to all these challenges. But with regards to traffic flow, road safety, and a better environment, it will. “I think we can change that,” said Sievers, “I think we can change the world.”
When will the future be here?
But how can the industry make change happen? Three things are crucial for these changes, explains Sievers: connectivity, autonomy and electrification. And most importantly of all: collaboration. “We have to build an ecosystem of brains, of companies and institutions,” said Sievers during his talk. This should start with the traditional OEMs and newcomers to the industry.
These opinions are shared by Frank Rinderknecht, CEO and Founder of the Swiss company Rinspeed. Rinspeed, which claims itself to be a “Think Tank and Mobility Lab for the Autonomous Industry,” is constantly working toward new solutions in transportation, sustainability and social change. At the NXP FTF Connects event, Rinderknecht presented his latest concept car, the Oasis. Fully electric, self-driving and equipped with intelligent traffic management as well as the ultimate in in-car entertainment. A car that, in the long term, could be a model for cleaner cities and safer mobility. “No one can conquer the future of mobility alone,” said Rinderknecht. “You need to find the best in order to achieve.”
Rachad Youssef, Software Product Manager at NIO is also certain of collaboration’s power for innovation. “For us, collaboration is the ability to innovate fast and land safe products that are future-proofed for our users.” The latest outcome of NIO’s collaborative approach is the EP9, a fully electric racing car that just broke the world speed record. A car that could set new, exemplary standards in electrification and sustainability.
Although cars such the Oasis and the EP9 are more of a prospect of the future than intended for the mass production line, they already demonstrate how the automotive industry could add wide-ranging solutions for a world that is more complex than ever.
How will collaboration help the transformation to autonomous driving and the “new automotive” industry?”
Hear from NXP’s Kurt Sievers, NIO’s Rashad Youssef, HARMAN’s David Slump and Rinspeed’s Frank M. Rinderknecht:
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