A new paradigm structure of the automobile industry is emerging.
It is the fourth industrial revolution that is to ensure competitiveness through the technological convergence of eco-friendly automobile, ICT, traditional automobile manufacturing, and shared economy based car service. Smart technology that has been developed due to the development of electronic technology is applied to automobiles and technologies from automobile safety improvement to automobile autonomous driving system are being developed. A recent automotive technology is changing the business model from vehicle-only technology to vehicle-to-society system. People in Korea have got suffered from the health damage caused by the fine dust. The origin of the fine dust is emitted from the internal combustion engine cars occupying a large part of car industry must be investigated accurately. The country should also show advancement in this kind of cooperative development, even though we are sandwiched by leading automotive-production countries and the second-tier automotive-production countries. The key technical field that will lead the 4th industrial revolution is the automobile industry. Among the industry, electric vehicle technology and the particulate matter (PM) should be the core of the next generation. We are also facing a big change in automobile technology development environment and domestic auto industry requires a strategy to survive in the global market.
With regard to the present state of automobile industry in Gwangju Metropolitan City, KIA Motors has a capacity of producing 620,000 vehicles annually. Gwangju Metropolitan City has a plan to make the eco-friendly automobile factory for applying Gwangju-type of jobs. Critical tasks of this big project are given such as the local parts makers' own development for its techniques, improving its researching skills, and globalization. Therefore, our committee decided the theme of this year as “Advanced Vehicle Technologies for the World without Fine Dust”. The goal of ICAT (International Conference on Advanced Automobile Technology) is to create a framework that ways of grasping for the latest trend of automobile technologies in the future can be broadly discussed. A main theme discussed at the 2019 is that ICAT focuses on the technology of the electric based on battery vehicle, the hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle, the PM emission from conventional vehicles. The ICAT tries to lay the sure foundation down to get through many obstacles which lie in both domestic and foreign automobile industry. The ICAT committee members will continue to do our best to make the ICAT to be the top-class international conference on the state-of-the art automotive technology.
Finally, I would like to thank all of distinguished speakers and all our committee members.
Prof. Byungchul Choi
Director, Automobile Research Center
Chonnam National University