Tuesday 21 November 2017

Experts map out the future for cars - at Killarney

Quinton Wilson
Quinton Wilson
Eddie Cunningham

Eddie Cunningham

The car-tech summit in Killarney, called Electronomous and organised by vehicle history and data expert Cartell.ie, heard some experts talk about the future of connected cars, autonomous vehicles as well as electric and hybrids.

The event was hosted by original Top Gear presenter and motoring rights campaigner Quentin Willson (pictured).

Here's what he and some of the experts had to say.

"With diesel fumes in London fast becoming an electoral issue, Ireland's Electronomous event is spookily well timed. Electric and hybrid cars and vans are part of the long-term answer to air quality problems," said Willson.

Jeff Aherne, director engineer of Cartell.ie, said: "Self-driving vehicles are a fascinating glimpse at this sector's future. But there are still hurdles to be overcome. Aside from the programming and engineering challenges, there is also the involvement of governments around the world."

David Thomas, managing director of Volvo Cars Ireland, said: "The next 10 years is set to be an exciting time as the industry focus shifts to autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity."

Paulo Alves, MD of BMW Group Ireland, said: "We believe the mobility of the future will be sustainable mobility and electrification is already playing a big part towards this vision.

"Experience has clearly shown us that to make electro-mobility attractive, having a good charging infrastructure and vehicles with the right range and price is not sufficient.

"It will take additional incentives and increased public awareness to make it happen."

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