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Tuesday, September 20, 2016, 19:32

First HK-designed electric concept car showcased

By Dara Wang

First HK-designed electric concept car showcased
Visitors take photographs as the first-ever Hong Kong-designed electric concept car runs at Hong Kong Science Park, Sept 20, 2016. (Parker Zheng / China Daily)
Hong Kong – The first-ever Hong Kong-designed electric concept car was showcased in Hong Kong Science Park on Tuesday.

EVTech Marathon, a 10-day event co-organized by Science Park, MakerBay and Arrow Electronics, attracted nine teams of innovators to work on the whole gamut of technologies of an electric car, including computer vision, power management and artificial intelligence.

Nesh Technology applied “mobileye” to the car, a system that can send out an alert if the driving speed exceeds a limit or the vehicle is too close to a nearby car.

Engineer Ben Wong Chun-kau said there are over 10 million cars globally equipped with "mobileye" to assist safety in the driving system.

He expressed his hope that the technology will be widely applied in public transportation in 20 years.

Alex Liu Chun-for and his teammates from the Electronic Engineering Department of City University of Hong Kong invented a battery monitoring and diagnostic system. Liu said the system, embedded with a super-capacitor, can monitor the stability and reliability of the vehicle’s battery and predict the battery’s efficiency performance.

A team from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering at the Chinese University of Hong Kong developed an interactive system that applies facial and body recognition technology to recognize the car owner.

Team representative Gary Wen Ruilin said this technology enables future functions such as gesture control, mood detection as well as security control.

Chief Executive Officer of Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Albert Wong Hak-keung said robotics technology has great potential in smart mobility. Wong hopes the event will spark creative ideas and inspire more individuals and groups in Hong Kong to get involved in technology development related to smart-city building.

The electronic vehicle will be on display to the public at the FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix on Oct 8 and 9.

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