August 2018

It has been another busy few weeks, especially for our CEO, Dr Brett Dale, who has been launching into another round of keynote presentations at national industry events to which MTAiQ and MTA Queensland have been invited. These include the Sydney Autonomous Vehicle Conference that has just come and gone, and the Mumbrella Automotive Marketing Summit that is nearly upon us.

Brett will be relieved of presentation duties at the upcoming Electric Vehicle Expo and Convention, however, with Business Development Manager Anthony Bonaccorso taking to the stage in his place to deliver a presentation on the future of automotive. The Electric Vehicle Expo will be held in Brisbane on Nov 9-10.

Still, Brett and the MTAiQ team will remain busy and, as he pointed out in his From the Desk of the CEO column, MTAiQ is collaborating with the company Refueler on what could be a fantastic initiative for business and consumers in the area of real-time fuel pricing. We will be talking about this exciting development in more detail in an upcoming edition of Motor Trader.

That is a pretty exciting adventure to be a part of, and another is the F1 in Schools Challenge – an event of which we are very proud to play a part.

The Challenge is an international STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) competition for school children aged 9 to 19 in which they must collaborate, design, analyse, manufacture, test and then race miniature compressed air powered F1 cars.

Not only a design challenge, teams must also rasie sponsorship and manage budgets to fund research, travel and accommodation. It is a fantastic project that inspires the imagination and critical thinking of children around the world, and when they say ‘around the world’, they mean it – millions of children from dozens of countries take part in the competition every year.

The Gold Coast/South Brisbane Regional finals of the Challenge will take place on Tuesday 28th August and the top scoring teams will be invited to represent their Region at the State Finals later in the year.

We’re proud to say that Nathan Luu Nguyen, MTAiQ’s Community Manager will be a judge at the event. Nathan has some serious credentials that make him a perfect fit for the role – as well as
working with MTAiQ, he is co-founder of NEXG3N Robotics and of the Pegasus Flying Car Project.

By the way, Australia has a formidable reputation in this event – in the 2017  world finals, Australian teams placed  first and second!

Innovation news continues to be jaw-dropping. Over the next few pages you’ll be able to read stories about the use of Xray technology for the anlysing of vehicles, a flying car project from Aston Martin and, perhaps most interestingly, the formation by Ford of a division devoted to autonomous vehicles. A clearer declaration of the future of the industry would, I think, be harder to find.

FINALLY
As always, I encourage every MTA Queensland member to read the Industry Bulletin that is sent each Thursday. It includes information and news on the innovation space and the work of MTA Queensland and MTAiQ. You can also visit the MTAiQ website at www.mtaiq.com.au for more news and to find a calendar which details the many technology events that are now a regular part of the industry landscape.

It is also very much worth noting that the MTAiQ site has a growing pool of resources for those with an entrepreneurial spirit and a cracking idea. Those resources include details on available grants, information on the Robotic Roadmap for Australia, and guidelines for Autonomous Vehicle trials, amongst other things.
It’s well worth a look.

Remember too, that MTAiQ is always on the lookout for smart ideas that can have an impact on the automotive industry as it continues to evolve. We’re keen to hear about those ideas and concepts and we’re here to help you get them off the ground.

It’s simple to get in touch. Just click on this link www.mtaiq.com.au/submit-ideas/, fill in the submission form, and we’ll be in touch within two business days about what will happen next.
I’ll be back with more in next month’s edition of Motor Trader.

Until then, here’s an interesting quote from internet entrepreneur Marc Benioff: “The only constant in the technology industry is change.”

As the automotive industry continues to evolve, that’s an  idea worth thinking about.

Until next month.