In Industrial Development in Postwar Japan, published by Hirohisa Kohama in 2007, Mr. Hisato Ichimada stated:

“It is pointless for Japan to work hard to build the automobile industry. Today, we have an international division of labor. Because Americans have been able to produce cheap cars, it would be more reasonable if Japan depends on the US in the field of cars.”

The Japanese automakers’ equipment, factories and manufacturing methods cannot compete with foreign firms. And domestic companies do not expect to be able to compete with them. The best policy is to abandon the production of passenger cars and depend on imports.

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However, according to Car of Japan, the above statements prompted the Ministry of International Trade and Industry of Japan to give a completely different opinion. The domestic manufacturing industry needs to be protected and encouraged for development.

The ministry advised the government to make new policies in the direction of protecting domestic automakers. The Government of Japan also makes policies to prioritize the development of specific products, especially the mechanical and electronic industries. In particular, focus on supporting industrial products.

The above policies helped the Japanese supporting industry develop. It transformed Japan from a country devastated after the war to an industrial power.

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Not a mass production line, large numbers of millions of components. However, Hokusei has become a supplier of components for many automakers, producing about 30,000 body parts and tires.

Talking with us, Mr. Takahiro Murai said that his family has worked as a model for three generations. They have been in operation for the past 48 years and are transferring the next generation. Above the small workshop, he arranged a room to be the center for designing and researching products in 3D.

On average, Hokusei Company produces for about 300 sets of molds per month. These policies soon became effective.

In the ranking list of the Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick + models for 2019 by the US Institute of Road Safety (IIHS), there is only one US model, the other two names are surprising. The National Institute of Transportation Safety (IIHS) published a list of 2019 safety models, with 57 names arranged in two groups: 30 cars from Top Safety Pick + and 27 cars for Top Safety Pick.

The Pick + group has the highest scores from the perspective of protecting passengers in a previous collision and has a high score for headlights. The Pick group, meanwhile, is the car that scored the standard or higher on IIHS’s latest crash test, and the headlights score is also high.

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It can be seen that the number of 2019 models reaching this rating has doubled (30 models) compared to 2018 models (only 15 models), with the majority of Japanese and Korean cars.

This impressive increase is even more noticeable as IIHS has increased the difficulty for its vehicle tests. In addition, there are 17 other models fail the highest rating because they do not score “well” in the headlight test.

Cars make up 70% of the cars that reach Top Safety Pick +, small and mid-sized SUVs make up the remaining 30%. It’s no surprise that pickups completely “disappear” from IIHS’s list of safe models. Only Honda Ridgeline has appeared in the list of 2018 model cars.

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Another noteworthy point is the absence of American vehicles on the list. Only Chrysler Pacifica got into the top Pick like last year. Most cars selected are Japanese and Korean. If you include both Pick and Pick +, Hyundai contributes the most cars. Some German automakers have Mercedes, BMW and Audi. Surprisingly, Volvo is absent. This is a special case because according to IIHS, Volvo misses the results of safety testing for passengers.

In terms of branding, Subaru leads the way with seven models reaching Top Safety Pick +, including Ascent, Crosstrek, Impreza sedan and wagon, Legacy, Outback and WRX.

Electric vehicles are also absent from the IIHS list, only the KIA Niro Plug-In Hybrid is the Hybrid model on the list. Tesla does not have any models because: The company does not provide IIHS with any data or models for testing.

Today in our country, the number of cars and motorbikes is increasing rapidly while the number and area of ​​parking lots is not enough to meet. This situation requires the introduction of smart car parks. Today we will join you to learn some basic knowledge about smart parking!

Smart parking is an idea of ​​parking construction combined with human technology and innovation in an effort to use as few resources as possible. The smart parking model is the use of fuel, time and space to get parking more quickly and easily.

Smart parking or intelligent traffic systems are based on the basic principle of the connection of all devices and components. Parking is one of the essentials for human movement and circulation.

Smart parking is one of smart city solutions and also one of the fastest growing solutions in the world. Shopping center universities are just a few examples of the significant benefits of automatic parking technology. The ability to connect, analyze and automate the data collected from devices supported by Internet of Thing is what we can see clearly in smart parking.

Smart parking includes the use of low-cost sensors, communication devices, loop detectors from vehicle detection, data acquisition controllers and smart applications that allow users to track Parking spots are available and not available.

The goal is to improve automation, reduce time for finding vacancies and optimal parking areas. Some parking solutions will include a full range of services such as online payment, parking time notice or vehicle search function for large shipments.

Users can find the best available location, saving time, resources and effort. The efficiency of parking lots demonstrates the effectiveness of the space usage of investors and commercial enterprises.

Instead of driving around for hours looking for reasonable parking, car owners can easily access smart parking lots quickly and easily.

With the invasion of Google or Apple in the automotive industry, it is easy to anticipate that other companies will participate and research. In addition, we can trust that future cars will be truly smart machines.

To continue the “Future Life” series, today, we will introduce you to the idea of ​​automatic and intelligent cars, which are supposed to appear in the near future. Before entering the main issue, please inform me that this idea belongs to the project called “The Future of Automobility”. It is an international consulting and design company called IDEO.

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It is known that IDEO has given three different concepts about the types of cars that will appear next time. In it, the first type is the smart, self-driving personal cars. According to the description, this vehicle will be equipped with and receive support from GPS satellites, object sensors, lane systems, keeping objects to avoid.

Interestingly, the technology equipped on these platforms makes it much faster to move than today’s self-propelled vehicles. At the same time, it is also capable of communicating with other vehicles, minimizing subjective errors such as fatigue or neglect while driving.

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The second type will be delivery trucks, it will also be equipped with similar technologies and with biometric scanning capabilities. That will help users confirm ownership to get the item delivered to home. In addition, you can see the short video below to make it easier to imagine how a future car works.

Finally, it will be a mobile office, which will change the way to the traditional company. In a more understandable way, your workplace will run to you and find you. Imagine that every day we will be picked up to the office and then we can either have a meal or discuss our work with colleagues, and be able to travel all the way, until you have completed everything, you will be able to taken to place safely. That’s great, isn’t it?

Along with the development of self-driving technology, interior design also races to timely adapt to future car features.  In the near future, self-driving cars or even BMW’s regular luxury cars will use the BMW HoloActive touch system. This is a pioneering system in the automotive industry that allows users to control the entire dashboard with gestures. Physical operations are removed to make room for 3-dimensional display. In other words, BMW customers will be lost in today’s science fiction movies.

The challenge for BMW lies in customer adaptation. Because at the launch of CES 2017, the car company to Germany expects to bring BMW HoloActive touch into mass production in the next 3-4 years. This system also distracts users so it is recommended to go with self-driving cars instead of regular cars.

One of the outstanding interior designs to adapt to this technology is the auto-retractable steering wheel when the car is self-driving. When the vehicle is set to self-driving mode, the steering wheel will automatically disappear to increase space for users.

The challenge of this interior design is how long will it take for users to be able to control the vehicle again? In case of self-driving system malfunction, users will have to immediately control the vehicle with manual mode. But then, the steering wheel will not be able to immediately return to the original position.

In the next 10 years, OLED displays will become popular in automotive interiors. With a great advantage of thinness as well as fuel economy, OLED will be installed anywhere in the cabin compartment to serve the entertainment needs of people in the car.

The challenge of OLED is the high cost and low life expectancy. But engineers confirmed the durability of OLED screens has improved. However, the improvement is proportional to the selling price. Once the car can drive completely, the need to communicate between the front row and rear row passengers will increase. That is the opportunity for the chair designs to rotate 180 degrees in the next 5 years. Even many car manufacturers pioneered a small table in the middle of two rows of seats to serve this conversation.

In the cramped context of big cities today, when parking cars in narrow positions, drivers have to turn a lot. For some inexperienced drivers, it can cause cars congestion together, even collisions with cars parked next to them, causing damage. Today, this has been further improved by auto parking assist technology.

The auto parking back-up technology is designed to make driving easier and increase the value of modernity and utility of the car. The operating principle of this technology takes place as follows: when the driver starts activating the automatic parking function, the central electronic computer will gain control of the steering wheel.

Through distance measuring sensors, the car will automatically move to the appropriate position. The central computer will determine the steering wheel rotation angle to control the vehicle back into the parking spot. This automated system also helps to avoid colliding with surrounding vehicles.

There are many automated parking technologies. There are cars that use signal transceiver sensors mounted around the body. The others use cameras mounted in the front and rear of the car or radio radar technology to receive feedback signals, identify location of obstructions, …

Whatever technology is used, the final results are the same. The central computer will determine the position of parked cars, the size of the space and the distance to the curb to control the vehicle back to the parking spot for it. If only parking assistance was previously available in a space between a row of cars parked parallel to the curb, now it is possible to park on the voids that are not parallel to the curb.

It’s like cross-frames in a parking lot, then backing up in a position perpendicular to the curb, when there are 2 cars parked on either side. Not only will the vehicle be perpendicular to the tail, but it will also drive the whole vehicle into a position that is perpendicular to the roadside.

Maserati Levante cars are sold poorly ,more than 3,000 workers in Italy may lose jobs. With sales of Maserati Levante company in decline, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said it would have to temporarily lay off 3245 workers in early 2019.

Levante is the first automobile manufacturer in the history of more than 100 years of the brand bearing the trident symbol. The sedan and sports coupe are considered maserati, but the new modern car is a fertile segment, picking up money for car manufacturers in recent years. Therefore, the appearance of Levante is a necessary piece for Maserati.

The union of this automobile group was informed about that new decision recently. According to a report by Autonews, this decision will take effect on January 1, 2019, when 2445 employees will have to cease work, followed by another 800 people quitting before March 4.

The other information also shows that the layoffs for the factory in Italy will continue until the end of 2019. The laid-off workers will still receive wages but that is lower than when they are still is the worker of that factory. This money is funded by the Italian government and the FCA.

Other workers will also participate in training courses on electric and hybrid drive systems, because the Mirafiori plant is ready for EV production by 2020 and the new Fiat 500e will be assembled on site. With around 5,000 employees, the Mirafiori facility is Fiat’s oldest factory in Italy and has not benefited much from the global recession in 2018 and 2019.

This is where The Punto, Panda first generation and Alfa Romeo MiTo ever assembled, but the only car currently assembled here is the Maserati Levante automobiles. Maserati’s first SUV sales fell 24 percent in the first 10 months of Europe to 3777 units, while sales in the United States fell 14 percent to 4205 units.