Nissan Futures presents Asia & Oceania’s future mobility trends

HONG KONG – Nissan Futures in Hong Kong brought forward three mobility trends for the Asia and Oceania region: cars as energy assets, the human role in autonomous driving systems and the importance of safety in mobility innovations.The seventh edition of the global event was held from March 8 to 10 in Hong Kong. Under the theme "Transform the way we live and drive," it brought together representatives from 13 countries to discuss how vehicles, cities and mobility infrastructures are evolving.Government representatives, industry leaders and Nissan executives spoke on the future of mobility and the future of cities, identifying three trends:Vehicles as mobile energy units Panelists discussed whether the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) could lie in reimagining usage from just a mode of transportation, to a means to power homes and return energy to the grid. Nicholas Thomas, global director of Nissan's electric vehicle division, proposed that electrification of mobility could be a solution to energy market disruption. He showcased how EV batteries can be used on a larger scale to power homes, office and the grid.Humans still need to form the center of car and future technology interactions Current autonomous vehicle discussions largely center on technology. Participants however agreed that humans will still hold the key to transforming mobility and our cities. "We can think, we can sense, we can act," said Dr. Maarten Sierhuis, chief technology officer at the Nissan Research Center in Silicon Valley. "This is what cars need to do as well. Autonomous driving is about how human systems and cars interact. Show me a system without humans, and I show you a useless system."Next frontier for smart mobility: zero fatalities The Future of Mobility panel presented how creating zero accidents and safety should be the main driver behind technology innovations. "Smart mobility can improve society in many ways but the primary objective should be to reduce death and injury," said panelist Iim Fahima from Queenrides in Indonesia. "Road accidents are a big global issue. Every 25 seconds one person dies. We need an integrated solution with the primary objective to reduce road deaths."Nissan Futures was timed in conjunction with the 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix race. Nissan participated in the race with two vehicles through the Nissan e.dams team, thereby demonstrating technology transfer from high-performance e-racing to mass market vehicles.Read the complete release here. Flashback to Yutaka Sanada, RSVP @nissanAO announcing the new Nissan LEAF coming to @NissanID and @NissanPHI - last weekend at #NissanFutures #Nissan #IntelligentMobility— Nissan Asia & Oceania (@NissanAO) March 11, 2019“Nissan Energy is a reality today. It’s not the future, it’s now” - Nicholas Thomas. Read more at #NissanFutures— Nissan Asia & Oceania (@NissanAO) March 9, 2019Video hosted on Twitter may not play in Internet Explorer (IE). If the video above does not play and you are using IE, try a different browser. ContactKalle Siebring General Manager, Corporate Communications Nissan Asia & Oceania Tel: +66 (0) 63 195 6310For more information about Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.’s products, services and our commitment to sustainable mobility, visit Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn, and view our latest videos on YouTube.Get more information about Nissan in Asia & Oceania here.