Safety, human-centric technology and energy grid participation are shaping the region’s mobility, according to the region’s industry experts
HONG KONG – Nissan Futures in Hong Kong brought forward three mobility trends for the Asia and Oceania region: cars as energy assets, the human role in autonomous driving systems and the importance of safety in mobility innovations.
The seventh edition of the global event was held from 8-10 March in Hong Kong. Under the theme 'Transform the way we live and drive,' it brought together representatives from 13 countries to discuss how vehicles, cities and mobility infrastructures are evolving.
Government representatives, industry leaders and Nissan executives spoke on the future of mobility and the future of cities, identifying three trends:
1. Vehicles as mobile energy units
Panellists discussed whether the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) could lie in reimagining usage from just a mode of transportation, to a means to power homes and return energy to the grid.
"Would cars be treated differently if they were seen as an energy asset first, and a transportation method second?" said Tim Washington founder of JET Charge Australia, panellist on the 'Transform the way we live: Future of Cities' panel.
Nicholas Thomas, global director of Nissan's electric vehicle division, proposed that electrification of mobility could be a solution to energy market disruption. He showcased how EV batteries can be used on a larger scale to power homes, office and the grid.
2. Humans still need to form the centre of car and future technology interactions
Current autonomous vehicle discussions largely centre on technology. Participants however agreed that humans will still hold the key to transforming mobility and our cities.
"We can think, we can sense, we can act. And this is what cars need to do as well. Autonomous driving is about how human systems and cars interact. Show me a system without humans, and I show you a useless system," explained Dr. Maarten Sierhuis, chief technology officer at the Nissan Research Center in Silicon Valley.
"We need efficiency but we need our cities to maintain their character and flavor," explained Leonido Pullido, III, assistant secretary of the department of energy for the Philippines.
3. Next frontier for smart mobility: zero fatalities
The Future of Mobility panel presented how creating zero accidents and safety should be the main driver behind technology innovations.
"Smart mobility can improve society in many ways but the primary objective should be to reduce death and injury. Road accidents are a big global issue, every 25 seconds one person dies," said panellist Iim Fahima from Queenrides in Indonesia. "We need an integrated solution with the primary objective to reduce road deaths."
"Nissan is proud to provide the platform for discussing mobility trends at Nissan Futures 2019. With increasing pressure on our cities from urbanization and congestion, collaboration between public and private parties is essential to keep our societies liveable. As the leader in electrification, we are committed to continue to accelerate the adoption of electrified mobility in Asia and Oceania to help transform the way we drive, but also the way we live," said Yutaka Sanada, regional senior vice president for Nissan Asia & Oceania.
At Nissan Futures, Nissan announced that the new Nissan LEAF will go on sale in Indonesia and the Philippines by 2020, underscoring Nissan's commitment to drive electrification in the region. The expanded availability of the world's best-selling electric vehicle is an important part of Nissan's goal to electrify one fourth of its sales volume under its midterm plan, Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022. Nissan also announced it is working on making electrification of mobility more accessible through electrification components assembly and localization in key Southeast Asian markets.
Nissan Futures is timed in conjunction with the 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix race. Nissan participated in the race with two vehicles through the Nissan e.dams team, thereby demonstrating technology transfer from high-performance e-racing to mass market vehicles.
About Nissan Asia & Oceania
Nissan is a global full-line vehicle manufacturer that sells more than 60 models under the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun brands. Nissan has been operating in the A&O region for over 60 years, employing more than 15,000 employees across research & development, manufacturing, logistics and sales & marketing operations. The A&O region itself encompasses 30+ markets across both Asia and the Pacific, with the regional headquarters based in Bangkok. Nissan has developed long-standing regional partnerships with National Sales Companies, as well as developing a growing network of more than 750 dealers, to deliver a significant Nissan Datsun product line-up to A&O customers. Nissan is driven by Nissan Intelligent Mobility, the company's vision for a better future for customers where cars are their partners, and where driving is safer, smarter and more efficient. For more information, visit https://asia.nissannews.com/en and follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/nissanAO.
Date Posted: March 14, 2019