The Society for Automotive Engineers (SAE) 2015 Vehicle Electrification and Connected Vehicle Technology Forum came at a good time highlighting why China is such an important market for the automotive industry and how the adoption of automotive innovation is increasing in the region.

 

During the Forum last month, the pollution levels in Beijing rose to such a high level that people had to constrain their outdoor activities. Local and government officials are working on ways to reduce the pollution. No doubt, vehicle electrification is one solution that can significantly reduce vehicle pollution.

 

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The first day of the SAE event was dedicated to technical topics such as powertrain technologies, battery management and electric motors and controls. The second day offered high level discussions on topics that are at the core of the industry, including the autonomous car, smart transportation and cybersecurity.

 

A key theme connecting all of these topics is the discussion of secure, over-the-air software management. Since most of the progress in the automotive industry is based on software advancements — no matter if its electrification, autonomous car or ADAS — the fact that most of the cars will be connected in the future, allows the OEM to implement an OTA software management  solution that enables software to be directly, quickly and securely updated .  In addition, OEMs can enhance the car with new features like Tesla did with the Autopilot and fix security breaches.

 

Another event further emphasizing the growing amount of interest in automotive innovation in China was also held the same week as the SAE Forum. The Shanghai Automechanika is Asia’s largest trade fair for automotive parts, accessories, equipment and services.

 

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This show is organized in collaboration with CNAICO – the China National Automotive Industry International Corporation. More than 100,000 visitors from 143 countries and regions, and 5,300 exhibitors from 39 countries attended this exhibition.

 

It is quite obvious that China is embracing the next generation car.