Automechanika Shanghai Anticipates Successful Debut

Automechanika Shanghai is taking place from 29 November – 2 December at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai

Technological upsurge in Asia’s auto industry helps enhance aftermarket presence at Automechanika Shanghai 2017.

Evolving Chinese automotive sector represented by strong Electronics & Systems display at Automechanika Shanghai 2017.

Multiple fringe events and Connected Mobility Conference compliment the trends in intelligent driving.

The key word surrounding China’s Electronics & Systems sector ahead of this year’s edition of Automechanika Shanghai is opportunity. Given the rising interest in new energy vehicles, connected mobility, autonomous driving and related technologies, many international automotive markets are turning to China and its surrounding Asian regions to explore the myriad of opportunities presented in these thriving sectors. Now more than ever, the ‘digitalisation trend’ has an extremely strong foothold in the global auto sector, and this is considered the future of the industry in Asia too. With less than a month to go until Automechanika opens its doors to over 130,000 visitors and 6,051 exhibitors at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, the industry is preparing to explore a gathering of ‘tomorrow’ solutions in what is anticipated to be the most advanced edition yet.

Many of the opportunities in this sector will be most prevalent at the show’s E-mobility and Infrastructure Zone and across the Electronics & Systems sector which, thanks to growing interest from visitors and exhibitors alike, will have a significantly bigger participation this year. These areas will gather over 1,200 exhibitors from around the world to discuss the most recent advancements ranging from new energy cars, electric motors, connected cars, car safety, engine electronics, electrical systems, to comfort electronics, and much more. Additionally throughout the entire fair, visitors will be able to explore the crossover of these technologies into various other automotive sectors, including Parts & Components, Repair & Maintenance, and Accessories & Customising.

On top of these dedicated areas, some of the world’s biggest players are also expected to introduce their own developments in electronics and systems to the Chinese market at the show.

Multiple fringe events and Connected Mobility Conference compliment the trends in autonomous driving

With the theme of ‘Accelerating the Race to Autonomous Driving’, this year’s Connected Mobility Conference is one of the many highly anticipated fringe programme events during Automechanika Shanghai. Confirmed include the steps to succeed in autonomous driving, the technological challenges, applications, standardisation, and the future of the industry.

Confirmed speakers include representatives from numerous industry leaders, including Chery Automotive, Qoros, and Baidu’s Autonomous Driving Unit. Dr Wayne Loh is the Assistant President and Executive Director for the Product Technical Center at Chery Automotive, and will be a keynote speaker at the conference. He says that when discussing the ‘race’ towards autonomous driving, there are two big opportunities for manufacturers working in the Chinese market.

“Firstly, for almost every company looking to help achieve this goal in China, safety is still the number one priority,” he says. “For example, intelligent assistant systems are a very helpful addition and a step towards being fully autonomous, but the technology has not yet reached the point where it is fully reliable.”

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