General Motors Envisions an Intelligent Future for Auto Industry

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Chinese government has a strong commitment to catapult the country to the rank of forerunners of pioneering practices in auto electrification and connectivity of vehicle-to-infrastructure, according to a top executive of General Motors Co.

The rollout of V2X (vehicle-to-everything communication) requires legislation environment and endeavors in other aspects, for example, making traffic lights smart or mounting sensors on roads, which is critically conducive to smoother traffic flow, said Matt Tsien, GM executive vice-president and president of GM China.

Matt Tsien said, V2X has not been deployed at any level anywhere in the world. China, as the world’s largest auto market, its government sees that  V2X deployment will be beneficial to society, and shows a willingness to invest in infrastructure.

GMs battery lab - General Motors Envisions an Intelligent Future for Auto Industry

Two researchers check battery cells at GM’s battery lab in Shanghai. [Photo/China Daily]

In 2017, GM illustrated its vehicle-to-infrastructure abilities on public roads, demonstrating that the vehicle could receive real-time data from traffic lights, and such data can be used to help drivers better navigate their driving and reduce congestion.

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Tsien said China has a strong desire to embrace new technologies in auto, this coincides with GM’s vision for a world free of congestion, accidents and emissions by developing and applying its EV, autonomous driving and V2X technologies.

GM has announced a plan to release 10 new energy vehicle models in China in the period of 2016 to 2020 and 20 models by 2023. This is in line with Chinese government’s target that, new energy vehicles should account for no less than 10 percent of new cars sold in the country by 2020.

The carmaker also has plans to introduce its sophisticated driving technology to China, for example, Super Cruise, which GM claims to be the first true hands-free driver-assist technology in the world. GM is also testing its autonomous vehicles featuring no steering wheel or pedals on public roads in big cities of the US, like San Francisco.

The auto industry is moving fast towards automation, that’s where innovation will happen, and Chinese consumers are very open to new technology, Tsien said. GM showcased some of its innovations at the first China International Import Expo, which concluded on November 10 in Shanghai. Tsien said the expo is “a wonderful invitation to the world”, as it signals the country’s open attitude to the outside world and willingness to cooperate.

Tsien added that, speaking of imports, we don’t see it in a narrow sense of importing goods, but also exchanging ideas and bringing the best ones together, so it’s essential for different industries to collaborate to better meet market needs.

Tsien also praised Chinese governments for their continued support and work to simplify procedures, saying GM feels the service-oriented attitude authorities take towards GM’s business operation in China.

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