The FISITA World Automotive Congress, now in its 37th edition, has kicked off in Chennai with over 1,200 delegates expected to attend the premier biennial event. Over the next three days, the congress will see 305 technical papers being presented and several panel discussions being organised - all based on the theme ‘Disruptive Technologies for Affordable and Sustainable Mobility’.
Mobility, as we know today, will undergo dramatic transformation in the years to come. Governments, mobility practitioners, urban planners, transportation experts have been talking about unprecedented change that the mobility industry will witness in the next decade or so, leading to 2030 and beyond.
Traditional mobility players are looking at readjusting their strategies and business models, even as newer entrants redefine the way the mobility sector conducted business in the past. Agility will define how businesses adapt to and adopt changes. Cross-industry collaborations are becoming a norm of sorts, as everyone’s trying to create meaningful solutions that have long-term viability. At some stage, the traditional automotive supply chain too would have to undergo drastic transformation.
Poor air quality, increasing population and congested roads have become the bane for most metropolises in the world. The United Nations, in fact, has predicted that roughly 60 % of the world’s population will live in cities by the year 2030. How governments, civil societies and the industry come together to address the concerns of carbonemissions, road safety and traffic congestion, yet ensuring that the speed of travel increases, will determine how mobility of tomorrow shapes up.
There’s phenomenal work happening worldwide to make transportation or mobility smarter, safer and sustainable in the long run. From automotive paints being able to trickle charge batteries in future electric vehicles, to connected seats becoming an integral part of the vehicle network; from Hyperloop to driverless pods and flying cars – transportation of tomorrow would be a completely different piece of science, event art! In such a context, it has become imperative for the CXOs to grasp the nuances of innovating technologies that are affordable and sustainable.
The world currently is grappling with finding alternatives to fossil fuels that are sustainable in the long run, and ones that help achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations General Assembly as part of its resolution ‘Transforming our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’.
Governments and businesses are largely positive on the progress being made in this regard, but certain researches believe that the world isn’t on track in meeting the SDGs, calling for more coherent efforts from players in the automotive and mobility sectors. This edition of the FISITA World Automotive Congress is likely to offer suggestions and perspectives on many of the plausible solutions, disruptive innovations & technologies, and developments being worked around the globe in making future mobility sustainable and affordable.