Facing the use of smart cars in epidemics

March 5, 2020
       (  Junfeng Automotive Network Editor)
A rare "COVID-19" new crown epidemic focused the attention of car industry people on smart cars. Junfeng also discussed this topic in a remote conference on the theoretical return day after the year.

Epidemic prevention and control has created demand for "contactless distribution" and "unmanned economy" consumption scenarios. During the epidemic, no matter in the epidemic area with complicated environment or other areas, the unmanned state became the safest state, and a series of unmanned facilities began to be placed in high hopes.

At a time, dozens of companies such as JD.com, Meituan, Wisewalker, Beijing Institute of Technology Zhongyun Zhiche, Yiqing Innovation, and Yushi Technology made intensive appearances, making the concept of "unmanned delivery" suddenly ignited. .

I remember that after the SARS epidemic in 2003, the e-commerce industry ushered in great development. So, will the unmanned distribution catalyzed by the Wuhan epidemic also usher in large-scale applications?

Huge market gap

During the outbreak, most residents were forced to settle in their homes. In addition to the frontline medical staff, only the courier may be holding his post.

Residents cannot go out, and the required living materials can only be purchased online, and then delivered to the community by courier. Group purchases can only be delivered to the door because of the closed area. It is more difficult to have no courier in a large community. Residents found that there might not be a moment when they would rely so much on a courier as they do now.

However, due to the impact of the epidemic, a large number of couriers are still stranded in their homes. The demand for online shopping has increased exponentially, the shortage of delivery staff, and the accumulation of goods into mountains have become a major problem for the express delivery industry during the epidemic.

However, the lack of people is not just due to the outbreak. Prior to the epidemic, major courier companies had encountered problems in recruiting people. According to rookie data, the salaries of couriers have been increasing year after year, but by the second half of 2019, even if the monthly salary is 7,000 in first-tier cities like Beijing, it will be difficult to recruit enough couriers.

At this moment, unmanned vehicles can solve this problem. Many companies are in action, and Junfeng Motor Company is among them.

International giants in action

From unmanned delivery and unmanned disinfection vehicles fighting the epidemic front, to air purifiers that can achieve killing in the car are highly respected, making "autonomous driving" and "intelligent healthy cockpit" not only a concept, but real Appearing in the public's side, China's driverless technology has ushered in a "high light moment".

Recently, Bosch and Toyota have made strategic investments in Yushi Technology and Xiaoma Zhixing. As far as Bosch is concerned, after investing in autonomous driving logistics platform and service provider "Mainline Technology" and lidar manufacturer "Hesai Technology" in September last year, it has once again overweighted China's autonomous driving industry-related companies. This will speed up the road to autonomous driving.

In addition, Bosch revealed in its financial report that in 2020, Bosch will also invest 500 million euros in the field of electrified transportation including fuel cell technology, invest more than 600 million euros in the field of autonomous driving, and invest 100 million euros for interconnection. Transportation solutions. In other words, overweighting China's self-driving industry-related companies is just one small step in Bosch's transition to new areas.

We must know that with the successive implementation of new emission regulations in China and the European Union, the global autonomous driving process is accelerating, automobile electrification, intelligence, networking, and sharing are rapidly approaching, leaving little time for traditional component companies.

Because of this, many international component giants have stated in their financial reports that they will increase investment in new technology areas. Although these companies' performance in 2019 is not satisfactory, the decline in revenue and profits is a common situation.

But even so, under the chase of many international component giants with strong capital and talent reserves, companies such as Ningde Times, NXP, Infineon, and Xiaoma Zhixing, which have led the new technology field for a long time, are still difficult to say. It needs to be like all traditional parts companies that are in urgent need of transformation, and only if they "run their lives" or have a glimmer of hope.

The epidemic situation will always pass, but the car supply chain after the baptism of "Black Swan" may accelerate the process of industrial integration and industrial transformation. Under the general trend of "new four modernization" of automobiles, a new supply chain system will also be constructed, so as to write a new competitive landscape. In the short term, it is difficult for every player in the global automotive supply chain to speak, but we still believe that everything will pass and spring will finally come.

Facing the market application

The cost of intelligent driving logistics vehicles is 1-3 times higher than traditional vehicles; how to recover the vehicle costs? How can companies reduce vehicle costs to meet market demand?

After the epidemic is over, will people still rely so strongly on smart vehicle distribution when they return to normal? How can the flexibility of traditional distribution brothers and the mechanics of intelligent vehicle distribution solve the problem?

The technology of intelligent driving technology itself has yet to be improved and improved. The tolerance of the market and society?

The degree of support from government policies, regulations, markets, and funds will determine the degree of industrial development.

How to do a good demonstration operation, improve the overall level of smart cities, and coordinate smooth, safe and fast traffic.

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Facing the market, there is still a long way to go. We must be fully prepared to promote the rapid use of smart vehicles under normal social conditions.