At last week’s combined Taipei AMPA/AutoTronics and 2023 E-Mobility Taiwan shows, attendees no doubt felt something different in the air. Mobility seems to be transitioning from getting from point A to B and more about the “how” we all get from A to B.
We long ago solved the issue of getting places faster. Now, it’s all about doing it efficiently, productively and sustainably.
“Very soon, we can see a world filled with all-electric cars and self-driving vehicles,” said James Huang, Chairman of TAITRA, the Taiwan External Trade Development Council. He envisioned a world where cars become a “third space” between home and work, offering “increased freedom and productivity for their users.”
The shows focused on three main themes: transformation, innovation and sustainability. “Traditional automotive manufacturers and suppliers are turning to new technologies during this paradigm shift,” Huang said. “Joint initiatives by enterprises, academia and consortiums are pushing the boundaries and jumpstarting the next wave of transportation advancements.”
At this year’s shows, tech was at the forefront: AI chips, image sensors, adaptive vision AI, voice-enabled AI, flexible battery technologies and autonomous delivery systems, among others.
I couldn’t help but notice the impact of newcomers in the automotive industry: As I reached for my iPhone, Foxconn, the very company that made it, showcased three of their electric vehicles at their booth. One of these innovative vehicles is manufactured at a factory an hour away from where I live in my home state of Ohio.
This year’s show was a gathering of 830 exhibitors with 2,200 booths and 50,000 people in attendance, including about 4,000 international visitors. The next Taipei AMPA/AutoTronics is set for April 17-20, 2024, and while the physical show is over for this year, the ongoing virtual exhibition, Taipei AMPA DigitalGo! Runs through Sunday. Find out more here www.ampaonline.com.tw.
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