China Automotive Engineering Research Institute (CAERI) hosted an international conference on automotive evaluation and testing on November 20, 2023, in Chongqing, China. The conference aimed to exchange the latest developments and best practices in the field of automotive evaluation, and to promote the cooperation and innovation among global experts and institutions.
The conference featured keynote speeches from renowned experts and scholars from China, the United States, Germany, Japan, and other countries. They shared their insights and experiences on the global trends and challenges in automotive evaluation, such as the impact of new energy vehicles, intelligent and connected vehicles, and autonomous driving on the evaluation standards and methods.
One of the speakers, Dr. Wang Xiaoming, the president of CAERI, said that automotive evaluation is a key factor for ensuring the quality, safety, and performance of vehicles, and for enhancing the competitiveness of the automotive industry. He said that CAERI has been committed to building a world-class automotive evaluation system, and has established a comprehensive and advanced testing and certification platform, covering various aspects such as vehicle safety, energy efficiency, environmental protection, and intelligent driving.
Dr. Wang also said that CAERI has been actively participating in the international cooperation and exchange in automotive evaluation, and has established partnerships with many leading institutions and organizations around the world. He said that CAERI hopes to pool the wisdom and resources of global experts and stakeholders, and to contribute to the development and harmonization of automotive evaluation standards and methods.
Cutting-edge technologies and applications in automotive evaluation
The conference also included several parallel sessions, where experts and practitioners from different fields and sectors presented their latest research and achievements in automotive evaluation. The topics covered a wide range of areas, such as vehicle crashworthiness, occupant protection, pedestrian safety, vehicle dynamics, noise and vibration, emissions and fuel consumption, battery and electric drive, intelligent and connected vehicles, and autonomous driving.
Some of the highlights of the sessions were:
- A novel method for evaluating the crashworthiness of electric vehicles, which considers the deformation and damage of the battery pack and the potential risk of fire and explosion.
- A new approach for assessing the occupant protection of autonomous vehicles, which takes into account the different seating positions and postures of the passengers and the interaction with the vehicle systems.
- A comprehensive framework for testing and certifying the intelligent and connected functions of vehicles, which integrates the simulation, laboratory, and field testing methods and scenarios.
- A case study of the application of big data and artificial intelligence in automotive evaluation, which uses the massive data collected from the vehicle sensors and networks to analyze the vehicle performance and behavior, and to provide feedback and optimization suggestions.
Future prospects and opportunities for automotive evaluation
The conference concluded with a roundtable discussion, where the participants discussed the future prospects and opportunities for automotive evaluation. They agreed that automotive evaluation is facing unprecedented challenges and opportunities, as the automotive industry is undergoing rapid and profound changes, driven by the technological innovation and the market demand.
They also agreed that automotive evaluation needs to adapt to the new trends and requirements, and to develop more scientific, reliable, and efficient evaluation standards and methods. They suggested that automotive evaluation should adopt a more holistic and systematic perspective, and should consider the interaction and integration of the vehicle, the driver, the road, and the environment.
They also emphasized the importance of strengthening the international cooperation and exchange in automotive evaluation, and of sharing the best practices and experiences among different countries and regions. They expressed their willingness to continue the dialogue and collaboration, and to support the initiatives and activities of CAERI and other institutions in the field of automotive evaluation.