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Expo in city shows automobiles becoming increasingly smarter
By Le Hoang
Friday,  Oct 26, 2018,15:45 (GMT+7)

Expo in city shows automobiles becoming increasingly smarter

By Le Hoang

A model poses next to a car of Mercedes-Benz at Vietnam Motor Show 2018 - PHOTO: LE HOANG

HCMC – The automobile sector is catching up with the trend of the fourth industrial revolution, as seen with the automobiles on display at an expo in HCMC, boasting high connectivity and intelligence, auto experts and managers said at the exhibition on October 25.

Speaking at a seminar on the auto industry in the Industry 4.0 era on the sidelines of the exhibition, “Vietnam Motor Show 2018,” co-organized by the Vietnam Automobile Manufacturers Association and the Vietnam Car Importers Association in collaboration with the Asia Trade Fair & Business Promotion and Vinalink, experts noted that the auto industry will develop in accordance with four main trends: automation, connectivity, electric vehicles and car-sharing services.

Automobiles are being developed with better software and advanced technology, and run on electricity intead of relying heavily on the mechanical and human factors and fuel, which ensure safer driving and bring drivers new experiences.

Nguyen Ngoc Thanh, deputy director of the Heavy Industry Department under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, stated that technology firms are gettig more involved in the automobile sector, adding that many enterprises such as Google Inc., Uber and Apple, which have never manufactured automobiles before, are now drawing up plans to develop self-driving vehicles.

Addressing the seminar, Nguyen Thanh Dam, chairman of VAST Group, claimed that high connectivity will be the essence of automobile development in the Industry 4.0 era. Accordingly, the auto sector will be developed under three trends: hardware design; smart control software and artificial intelligence applications; and communication and connection technologies.

“The three trends will result in a smart vehicle rather than a means of transport in the near future,” Dam stressed.

In addition, Nguyen Nam Khang from Mercedes-Benz Vietnam, an automobile manufacturing joint venture set up by German Daimler AG, said automobiles in the future will focus on connection, autonomy, sharing and electric factors.

Daimler is currently researching and developing types of smart vehicles with modern technology, Khang remarked, adding that smart vehicles will communicate and connect with each other in the future.

Further, iBosses Vietnam Chairman Nguyen Huu Thai Hoa pointed out that smart vehicles that are self-driving, compact and have express and noiseless features will address the traffic problem in Vietnam, which is witnessing 70% of used motorbikes on the roads, slow transport speeds, a lack of parking lots and air and noise pollution.

Experts noted that automobile development that cashes in on the trend of the fourth industrial revolution remains alien to Vietnam.

However, FPT Software is Vietnam’s first company to test self-driving vehicles. The group had researched and developed self-driving technology between 2016 and 2017. Currently, the group operates self-driving electric vehicles in the F-Complex area of FPT Danang in Danang City and self-propelled automobiles in the FPT Software area in HCMC.

Besides this, VinFast Trading and Production Co., Ltd, an automobile manufacturing subsidiary of Vingroup, is adding thousands of automated robots to its automobile manufacturing and assembly factory in Haiphong City. It is expected to start commercial manufacturing in 2019.

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