The Future of Mobility in Asia and Nissan with Vincent Wijnen

The Future of Mobility in Asia and Nissan with Vincent Wijnen
Vincent Wijnen from Nissan discussed the future of mobility in Asia and whether we will be living in a future where we will be driving or be driven.

Vincent Wijnen, senior vice president from Nissan in Asia & Oceania joined us in a conversation to discuss the future of mobility in Asia. We began our conversation on the concept of autonomous vehicles and how it will transform the concept of mobility in Asia. We discussed the major themes around autonomous vehicles specifically in the areas of energy, communications and cybersecurity. Vincent also discussed how the regulatory bodies in Asia are thinking about self-driving cars and whether we will be living in a future where we are driving or be driven.

Here are the interesting show notes and links to the discussion (with time-stamps included):

  • Vincent Wijnen, Senior Vice President for Nissan in Asia & Oceania (@wijnen_nissanLinkedIn) [0:25]
    • How did you start your career? [0:45]
    • In your career journey, what are the interesting lessons that you can share with my audience? [1:45]
    • Briefly, can you introduce my audience to your company, Nissan and what’s your role and coverage currently in Asia and Oceania? [2:39]
  • The Future of Mobility [4:37]
    • Let’s start from the fundamental aspect of transportation, in your perspective, how do you define autonomous vehicles (self driving cars) and the concept of mobility for my audience? [4:49]
    • How does turning cars from diesel to electric have an impact to autonomous vehicles? [8:59]
    • What are the different levels of autonomy in the automotive space? [10:31]
    • One of the under-appreciated thing about self driving cars, is that the problem of driving is already solved, but the problem of energy, communications and cybersecurity as bits in the digital world are used to shift atoms in the real world. [12:03]
    • What are your thoughts on the following:
      • Energy: What are the current paradigms in energy? For example, the car companies are torn between hydrogen fuel cells and electric charging. How are they different and why car companies chose one over the other? [12:56]
      • Communication: How does autonomous vehicles resolve the issues of hazards, navigation and driving while they need to access information from the network? [16:43]
      • Comments on the augmentation of the drive before going fully autonomous [19:55]
      • Cybersecurity: How are self driving cars immunized from hackers? What do we need to do to ensure safe and secure cars? [21:41]
    • How does regulatory bodies thinking of self driving cars? How are standards imposed onto self driving cars? [22:57]
    • Are we going to drive or be driven in the future? [24:53]
    • What are the key trends in mobility and transportation for Asia? [25:26]
  • Closing [27:30]
    • Can you recommend a book, podcast or anything else that has impact to your work and personal life recently? [27:38]
      • Singapore Women’s Conference
      • World Economic Forum ASEAN in Hanoi, Vietnam
    • How do my audience find you? [29:56]

Podcast Information:

The show is hosted by Bernard Leong (@bernardleong & weibo) and are sponsored by Ideal Workspace (Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn) with their new Altizen Desk (Twitter, Facebook, Medium). Sound credits for the intro music: Taro Iwashiro, “The Beginning” from Red Cliff Soundtrack.