Future Tech @ Dubai International Motor Show
As Dubai continues to play a leading role in the drive towards autonomous personal transportation and driver-assisted technologies to enhance the motoring experience, the world’s leading automotive manufacturers descended on the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show, showcasing the latest innovations that are driving the motoring industry in a bold new direction.
With the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy aiming to make a quarter of all Dubai’s journeys driverless by 2030, the UAE is spearheading the region’s transition, where societies will view cars not just as machines to get from A to B but as intelligent partners. And the future of automotive technology has formed an essential theme at this year’s show, the 14th edition of the Middle East’s premier automotive event, as the industry responds to the growing infusion of connectivity and the driving experience and safety.
Connected car penetration in the Middle East and Africa currently stands at 2.7 per cent and is expected to rise to 20.9 per cent by 2021, according to the Statista Market Forecast. And, with revenue in the connected car market expected to grow by 63.2 per cent in the next four years, to reach USD2.4 billion by 2021, car manufacturers are understandably seeking to leverage opportunities to increase market share and get in tune with consumer needs.
The futuristic Volkswagen BUDD-e arrived at the 2017 Dubai International Motor Show for its regional premiere, featuring a networked world of infotainment and mobility, to offer a clear view of the future. Special features of the concept model include a new human-machine interface in the form of a visionary instrument and operating concept, and gesture control 2.0, which allows the car to be operated intuitively."
Also making its mark at this year's show, is the 2018 Range Rover Sport debuted by Jaguar Land Rover, which features the latest driver-assisted technology. The Touch Pro Duo infotainment system is a twin high-definition touchscreen digital butler that blends a futuristic, elegant feel with an intuitive, engaging interface and unrivalled functionality."
New technologies are also fueling driver confidence through a range of drive-assisted technologies that empower, calm, safe and controlled drives and at the forefront of this trend is Infiniti, which premiered its new QX80, which features proactive safety innovations that support the driver in identifying and responding to other vehicles and potential hazards, enabling effortless performance and safety.
François Bancon, Vice President, Product Strategy, Infiniti said: "The new QX80 offers drivers greater levels of confidence at the wheel, with a suite of drive assist technologies that empower the driver. Despite the car's size, the QX80 is easy to drive with full confidence.""
Meanwhile, Nissan unleashed its BladeGlider, a working prototype of a high performance electric vehicle with a revolutionary sports car design that offers visitors a glimpse into the future – it can reach 190km/h in less than five seconds and is packed full of advanced technologies.
Fadi Ghosn, Chief Marketing Officer, Nissan Middle East said: "The BladeGlider has a narrow front track and wider rear track for optimum aerodynamic efficiency and handling stability. The sporty prototype is a true demonstration of our Nissan Intelligent Mobility strategy."
As one of the hottest topics in the automotive industry, the future of mobility has brought together key personalities from the motoring world this week to stimulate engaging debate on cutting-edge industry developments, in the Ignition Live! Shows. Industry experts and thought leaders are discussing and engaging visitors on the topics shaping the automotive world in six exciting sessions over each of the five days, including sessions on How Digitalisation is Changing the Way we Interact with our Car; The Four Pillars of Future Mobility and How Autonomous Cars Work."