Rise of the Future Mobility
Global trends in the automobile industry have shifted the conception of a cars purpose from simply transporting people from one point to another to something more complex. Those changes affect the way car makers, energy suppliers, insurance services, healthcare services, funding businesses, governments, policy makers and other automotive industry stakeholders think and decide.
These values are evolving alongside the rise of awareness on the new mobility (peoples movement) ecosystem. Younger generations nowadays prefer pay-per-use mobility over owning a car. Furthermore, nearly 50 percent of Generation Y is more likely to utilize smartphone apps for their transport solutions. The evolution towards the balance of the new ecosystem is still in progress, and innovative technologies are changing the way car makers evolve and build cars.
The use of electric power and fuel cells as a motor offer increased driving force with lower energy investment and emission levels. Lighter materials enable car makers to reduce a vehicles weight without sacrificing passenger safety. Breakthroughs in autonomous self-driving vehicles are currently being made, and reports on those experiments show that self-driving cars will enter the market in the near future.
At the same time, we are also witnessing rapid growth in vehicles interconnected with infrastructure (V2I) and vehicles interconnected with other vehicle (V2V). Those are made possible by integrated information technology and the internet network.
In Indonesia, the evolution of automotive technologies has not yet reached that point. However, globalization is pushing Indonesia in the same direction as the evolution of global technologies of transportation and mobility. Within that perspective, The Association of Indonesia Automotive Industries (Gabungan Industri Kendaraan Bermotor Indonesia, GAIKINDO) is committed to developing Indonesian automotive industries to keep up with global automotive industries.
GAIKINDO is determined to make the GAIKINDO Indonesia International Auto Show (GIIAS) 2017 an event that establishes GAIKINDOs steps to build and develop future-oriented Indonesian automotive industries. This is also the reason behind GAIKINDOs choice of theme for GIIAS 2017, Rise of the Future Mobility.
To build and develop future-oriented Indonesian automotive industries, GAIKINDO has to collaborate with other parties. It is very important to have the governments attention and support, to build and expand Indonesian automotive industries. GAIKINDO depends on government policies, including government incentives in the form of tax reductions. Public community participation is equally important as a form of support for the development of the Indonesian automotive industry.
Setting the Rise of the Future Mobility as a theme does not mean GAIKINDO is overlooking the idea of green technologies, which have always been a part of GAIKINDOs exhibition theme, including the GIIAS 2015 and GIIAS 2016 events.
Green technology is a part of automotive industries future. In fact, the use of electric power and fuel cells as a driving motor is a part of the implementation of green technology encouraged by the automotive industry. Depletion of fossil fuels and global warming due to uncontrolled pollution of the environment is pushing car makers to build cars with less fuel consumption and reduce the emissions they produce to a minimum level.
Hybrid cars have been introduced to the market: cars that combine fossil-fueled internal combustion engines with electric powered motors that get their energy from batteries.
At the present, cars equipped with fuel-cell technology are the greenest, most environmental-friendly cars on the market; they produce absolutely no harmful exhaust gases. Their exhaust gas is H20 (water and heat).
Green technologies are still a relevant target to be pursued. However, until now the government hasnt been involved much in helping the industry develop cars with green technologies. Even though, incentives such as a tax reduction for cars equipped with green technologies would help lower green car prices and boost their sales.
Governments are also being encouraged to help provide cleaner fuels that comply with Euro IV specifications or above. The community is also being encouraged to take part in helping to preserve the environment by using green-technology-equipped cars, using Euro IV-compliant or better fuels, and driving the right way so that fuel consumption is reduced as much as possible. Improving motorists driving style saves fuel and reduces air pollution, both of which contribute to environmental preservation.
As mentioned above, green technologies are a part of global automotive industries.
Driverless autonomous cars are the ultimate way to avoid accidents. As a human, a driver has limitations, physical and mental, that can lead to accidents. By reducing the human factor, the potential for accidents can be avoided, since more than 80 percent of vehicle accidents are caused by human factors.
Indonesian automotive industries may not be as advanced as their global counterparts. However, this does not mean that Indonesia can do nothing about it. GAIKINDO believes that Indonesia has to prepare by continuing to build and develop the domestic automotive industry to keep up with trends in global automotive industries.
Initial steps towards this goal begin with GIIAS 2017 as an opportunity for GAIKINDO to initiate the first step to build and develop the Indonesian automotive industry into the future. All of that will be reflected in GIIAS, though the cars displayed, programs and the international conference held over the course of GIIAS 2017.