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The 2019 German-Chinese Automotive Congress will be held in Germany
Ingolstadt Deputy Mayor pays a visit to Human Horizons Chairman Ding Lei
2018.12.02
    The 2018 German-Chinese Automotive Congress, which was the second one of the events, was successfully wrapped up. As the final part of their China trip, the German delegation led by Sepp Misslbeck, Deputy Mayor of Ingolstadt, went to Shanghai to visit Human Horizons and held talks with Chairman Ding Lei on the cooperation between Germany and China in the field of smart vehicles and related industries. Misslbeck expressed admiration for the accomplishments of China’s innovative tech companies represented by Human Horizons, and invited Ding to attend the 2019 German-Chinese Automotive Congress that will take place in the City of Ingolstadt, Germany’s famous motor town. 
Chairman Ding accompanied the German delegation to take a tour of the Human Horizons’ design center and Shanghai Operation Headquarter, and also shared with the visitors the company’s human-oriented “three-smart” strategy, which includes smart vehicle, smart transportation, and smart city. He said that Human Horizons is not a traditional automaker, nor is it building roads or city. Instead, the company hopes to set foot in smart transportation through advanced AI and internet technologies as well as the development and commercialization of smart new energy vehicles (NEVs), and to contribute to the creation of smart cities with this as a gateway. Ever since its inception, Human Horizons has been adhering to its international vision. The company has put together an “elite team” of top international experts. Based in China, it has worldwide aspirations. 
This is the group photo of the German delegation led by Ingolstadt Deputy Mayor Sepp Misslbeck (fourth from right in the front row) with the staff of Human Horizons led by Chairman Ding Lei (third from right in the front row)
Deputy Mayor Misslbeck said that Germany is an automaking powerhouse in the world with a powerful automotive industry system. The City of Ingolstadt is Germany’s famous motor town. It is the global center of many renowned auto companies, and the headquarters of Audi as well as a large number of internationally competitive upstream and downstream suppliers and parts manufacturers are located here. This is where the advantage of Germany’s auto industry is. It also provides a broad space for Sino-German cooperation in the auto industry. As an important purpose of the German delegation to the 2018 German-Chinese Automotive Congress, municipal leaders and business leaders from Germany wanted to visit China’s advanced companies, to provide useful experiences for the development of the auto industry in the two countries and inspire new growth areas for cooperation in the auto industry. 
Deputy Mayor Misslbeck said that Germany is an automaking powerhouse in the world with a powerful automotive industry system. The City of Ingolstadt is Germany’s famous motor town. It is the global center of many renowned auto companies, and the headquarters of Audi as well as a large number of internationally competitive upstream and downstream suppliers and parts manufacturers are located here. This is where the advantage of Germany’s auto industry is. It also provides a broad space for Sino-German cooperation in the auto industry. As an important purpose of the German delegation to the 2018 German-Chinese Automotive Congress, municipal leaders and business leaders from Germany wanted to visit China’s advanced companies, to provide useful experiences for the development of the auto industry in the two countries and inspire new growth areas for cooperation in the auto industry.   
After that, Kevin Chen, COO of Human Horizons, introduced the company’s brand philosophy and its vision to redefine human mobility in the future and build a future smart transportation system; the company’s CTO Mark Staten introduced the advanced vehicle development concept; and VP Li Qian introduced the specific projects for intelligent city roads and smart cities featuring L4 autonomous driving and vehicle-road coordination by talking about the Human Oriented Architecture (HOA) first. When seeing the demonstration of the 4WD/4WS hub motor demonstrator, members of the delegation were impressed with the way it moves--that’s unique, interesting and practical. Especially, they marveled at the demonstrator’s operability such as moving sideways for parallel parking and making pivot steering   
    During the dicussion, Ding recalled his connections with Germany’s auto industry. Over 20 years ago, he already built a connection with the City of Ingolstadt. At that time, Ding worked for Volkswagen Shanghai and was sent to the company’s German headquarters to receive systematic training on automaking. “I remember that the initial training began at Ingolstadt and Wolfsburg, and this was also where my automotive career began,” he said. “Through this experience, I had a deep impression of the fine management, technology innovation and lean manufacturing practices of Germany’s auto industry.” In building the joint-venture company for Volkswagen later, he took the lead to localize Germany’s rigorous production standards, advanced manufacturing equipment, and demanding test methods, which helped to promote the substantial improvement of automotive parts production for Volkswagen Shanghai in particular and China’s auto industry in general.
Chairman Ding Lei accompanies Sepp Misslbeck (left), Deputy Mayor of Ingolstadt, to take a look at Human Horizons’ two concept cars: Concept H Hypervelocity and Concept A Active-agility. 
Xu Yaojun, Director of the China International Investment Promotion Agency (Germany), who accompanied the delegation for the visit, said that last month Chairman Ding attended the “Germany-China Closed-Door AI Summit” in Berlin, Germany, to discuss the development of AI with leaders of German auto giants including the Chairmen of Mercedes Benz and BMW, and his speech received extensive attention in Germany, especially in the auto industry, which was reported by local media. Therefore, at the request of the delegation, Shanghai was chosen for the final stop of their trip. She said that Human Horizons’ corporate strategy, research direction and international blueprint today made this a worthwhile trip for the delegation, hoping that the two sides will engage in deeper exchange and cooperation in the future.   
Misslbeck said that it’s an honor for them to meet with such a great entrepreneur and his team during their last stop in China. He said that Chairman Ding has exceptional accomplishments in the auto industry and a lot of government management experience, and that’s why he could come up with such a revolutionary and holistic strategy like the “three-smart” strategy. He hopes that in the near future he will be able to see the smart vehicles from Human Horizons on the roads in Germany. He enthusiastically invited Chairman Ding to attend the 2019 German-Chinese Automotive Congress that will take place in Germany’s famous motor town Ingolstadt, hoping that Human Horizons and Ingolstadt can have deeper business cooperation and personal exchange in many different areas. Ding happily accepted the invitation, saying that next year also marks the 30th anniversary of his automotive career, and going back to the place where his dream began means that he will adhere to his beliefs and continue to pursue his dream going forward.