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Nissan Futures 2019 Seminar

As the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer, Nissan has held the 7th “Nissan Futures” seminar in Hong Kong before the Formula E electric formula competition, including Asia and Oceania including Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia. Relevant officials, industry and media from Australia and other countries attended the conference. TechGrits was also invited to participate in the event and to visit the global business director and chief technology officer of Nissan Electric Vehicles to discuss the development direction of electric vehicles in the Asia Pacific region.

▲This NISSAN FUTURES seminar invited multinational officials, industry insiders and journalists from major Asia Pacific regions to gather in Hong Kong for a series of conferences and discussions related to future urban development, electric vehicles and driverless driving.

▲Yutaka Sanada, Senior Vice President of Asia Pacific Business, announced during the meeting that the company expects that in 2020, 1/4 of Nissan’s sales will be electric vehicles, including pure electric or e-POWER powered vehicles, and second generation The LEAF electric car will also be introduced to Indonesia and the Philippines this year.

Under-clear policy support Smart Mobility Hong Kong low ranking

At the “Nissan Futures” seminar, an “Identifying Smart Mobility Oppounities” survey was conducted by “Frost & Sullivan” for nine East Asian cities, and Hong Kong was included in the report for the first time. The survey pointed out that Hong Kong plans to gradually replace the existing diesel buses with zero-emission electric buses to reduce carbon emissions to improve air quality. Further encourage citizens to use public transport by deploying more advanced smart technologies in the transportation system. The report also found that there were 74 vehicles per 1,000 people, private cars accounted for 12% of the total transportation, and public transport accounted for 86% of the total. Hong Kong’s dependence on public transport is very high, and with the emergence of more advanced transportation systems in the future, the ratio will be higher and higher. However, the report pointed out that as the government did not provide clear and clear policies and support for autonomous driving, Hong Kong’s smart city mobility index in Asia only scored 4.8 points, ranking only 12th in APAC Asia Pacific and 57th in the world. From Singapore (APAC NO.1), Seoul (APAC NO.4), Sydney (APAC NO.6) lower.

Panel Discussion- Future of Cities

Dawan District driving habits are different, need to be careful about car hacking

The Honourable Mo Nai-kwong, the representative of Hong Kong, pointed out that the Hong Kong government has actively promoted the number of drivers in the Great Bay Area that are hundreds of times far more than Hong Kong. In addition, there are large differences in driving habits, laws and driver’s seat positions. Driving will meet a lot of resistance. On the other hand, based on Mr. Mok’s background in the technology sector, he also raised the issue of security on the Panel Discussion. Whether the car should strengthen the security against the Hackers invasion is believed to be the development of the Autonomous Drive. A problem that cannot be ignored.

▲Nicholas Thomas (Global Director, Electric Vehicles Division, Nissan)

Hong Kong Geography is suitable for the implementation of electric vehicle FE competition equivalent limit test

When asked why Nissan will participate in the Formula E electric formula competition as a Nissan e.dams factory team, Thomas said that EV electric vehicles have always given people an environmentally friendly and energy-saving image, while the electric equations give the public a clear view of the speed of electric vehicles. Real strength and technology maturity, horsepower, acceleration, etc., so that everyone can change the perception of electric vehicles in the past. The technology used in FE racing, whether it is battery, cooling system, motorcycle, etc., is similar to the development of household electric vehicles, and the test environment of EV racing is more extreme and more optimal tuning setting, just to give the factory more understanding. And with the accumulation of relevant experience in the development of the third generation of electric vehicles, Thomas is very excited about the FE event in Hong Kong!

Thomas believes that electric vehicles are quite suitable for Hong Kong market promotion. There are several factors. First, the traffic jam in Hong Kong is more serious. Electric vehicles are just effective in solving problems such as exhaust emissions and air pollution. In addition, the number of charging stations in the 18 districts of Hong Kong exceeds 2,000. Compared with some European and American cities, there are more charging stations. In addition, the localities are thinner. Most of the drivers are mainly in the urban areas. The current common standard is about 300KM. It can be recharged once in a few days, and it is more flexible than a foreign city that needs to travel hundreds of kilometers a day. Finally, there are many mountain roads in Hong Kong. Electric vehicles can be recharged when they borrow slopes. They can fully use the advantages of EVs to increase their endurance. In addition, Nissan has already tested and implemented anti-charging of electric vehicles in solar power in Yokohama, Japan. The average household consumes about 10-12 kW of electricity per day. The electric vehicle can maintain power for the home for about 3 days. Even if the earthquake loses power supply, it can still be self-sufficient and waiting for rescue. It can be regarded as another electric vehicle. An advantage.

▲Maarten Sierhuis (Chief Technology Director, Silicon Valley, Nissan Research Center)

Mature autopilot technology, human factors are unpredictable

When the reporter asked about the biggest difficulties in Autonomous Drive’s development and the emergence of Asian cities such as Hong Kong and Tokyo, Maarten reiterated that the most important thing for autonomous driving is always safety, so as to avoid accidents. At present, development is mainly affected by three major factors. First, sensors are susceptible to extreme weather. Heavy rain and heavy snow will directly reduce the accuracy of lens technology. In addition, the maps preloaded by the car need to be adjusted to localization in response to different places, and more precise and extremely detailed maps are needed. Especially in the high-rise buildings of big cities, the availability of GPS is affected. Map suppliers work together to get things done. Finally, the most difficult point is precisely the human factor. Unpredictable behaviors of pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles and other road users are still not enough data and experience to solve the above problems perfectly. High-level autopilot still has no successful examples for reference today. We can only estimate it with our existing experience. However, technically, we believe that we can see Yokohama in Japan in different places within 5 years. Tested Robo Taxi unmanned taxi.

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