BRICS Nations Possess Perfect Synergy for Ultimate Autonomous Vehicle Development
【Summary】What would happen if the BRICS nations combined their intellectual, industrial and natural resources to create the world’s ultimate autonomous vehicle? A panel of experts representing the aforementioned nations addressed this question when it was put forth by Anthony LoBaidoin an open public forum at the L.A. Mobility Show.
Alina V. Plaia, Vice President of IRO Luxoft Holding, Inc., speaks at the L.A. Mobility Show
LOS ANGELES, CA. —Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Taken one by one, each of the BRICS nations has something remarkable to offer the global economy. China recently unveiled the world's largest deep space telescope (larger than 500 American football fields), launched the world's first quantum satellite, and boasts over 1.3 billion consumers. India also features over one billion in terms of human population.
Consider that both China and India possess populations that are highly keen on trying out fully autonomous vehicles. (Only 2 - 3 percent of those living in China and India say they have zero interest in trying out such a car.) Brazil is an emerging economy, has a large population base and can unearth a major treasure trove of natural resources. South Africa is similar to Brazil in regard to natural abundance; including cobalt, titanium, diamonds, gold and other precious metals. Russia has been a technological giant going back to the days of Sputnik and the "Czar Bomba," the largest atomic bomb ever exploded on the planet.
What would happen if the BRICS nations combined their intellectual, industrial and natural resources to create the world's ultimate autonomous vehicle? A panel of experts representing the aforementioned nations addressed this question when it was put forth by Anthony LoBaidoin an open public forum at the L.A. Mobility Show.
Alina V. Plaia, Vice President of IRO Luxoft Holding, Inc., and an expert in the industry originally from Russia, told the audience, "This is a good question."
The idea that the BRICS could combine to produce a "future car" that would rival anything that might emerge out of Silicon Valley is intriguing to say the least.
Later,in a personal interview with FutureCar.com, she innocently mused, "We could call it ‘The LoBaido Project.'"
The BRICS nations do not possess a unified industrial strategy, but they do cooperate on various levels. They do not constitute an entity such as NATO or the G-20. But in their own way, the BRICS have already reshaped the global economy and challenged the unipolar world and hyper-power machinations of the United States of America.
What makes the BRICS a powerfully exclusive club is how they combine so well in many different ways. Do you want to corner the diamond market? Even DeBeers and the Soviet Union were silently working together during the days of South Africa's Apartheid-era to control the global marketplace for "a girl's best friend." Want to reach almost 2.5 billion people, roughly a one-third of everyone living on Earth? Give India and China a call. Need natural resources? As noted, Brazil and South Africa are ready to answer the bell. With China setting up de facto institutions to rival the IMF, WTO and World Bank, a multipolar world is rapidly emerging. There can be no doubt that the BRICS alliance has accelerated this trend.
Another panelist, Bhaskar Dani, the Global Head of Infotainment & Cluster for KPIT, told the audience about the various issues the BRICS nations face in regards to developing, marketing and implementing self-driving cars. He later told FutureCar.com there is not as of yet a definitive broad strategic architecture for the BRICS nations to work together on a large industrial scale.
Plaia told the audience that in terms of establishing an infrastructure that can be utilized by the Russian people in regard to "future cars," Russia might be ahead in some respects compared with other nations. She explained that she had interacted with the communist-oriented economy of the former Soviet Union, and also with the newly reborn Russian Federation of liberated, independent states.
The panelists bandied about various notions of how to connect with consumers, deal with national regulations, investigate current trends and analyze markets. The BRICS nations are interested in boosting their respective Gross Domestic Products. They seek to deal with issues such as smog in New Delhi exacerbated by traffic issues, not to mention Beijing. Incentives and investments are keys to accelerating the path towards increased usage of autonomous vehicles.
Anthony C. LoBaido is a journalist, ghostwriter and photographer. He has worked in 53 nations around the world – from Laos to Lebanon, from Belize to Botswana and from Nepal to Namibia. He also published a book on the Kurds. Some of LoBaido’s favorite stories include attending the British Army’s jungle warfare training in Central America, retracing Lawrence of Arabia’s World War I trek through Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia, investigating the blood diamonds of Sierra Leone as popularized in the Leonardo DiCaprio film by the same name, meeting “CNN hero” Aki Ra at one of his landmine digs in northern Cambodia, working with Time Magazine’s “Hero of Asia” Lek Chailert on her crusade to assist injured and abused elephants in Southeast Asia, rescuing HIV/Aids throw-away babies in the garbage dumps of Cape Town, South Africa, as well as visiting a leper colony in Myanmar. LoBaido’s articles have been cited by Ivy League universities such as Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania. As a photographer, LoBaido made National Geographic in 2014.
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