Raghav Gu­lur,

Con­ti­nen­tal Au­to­mo­tive Com­po­nents In­dia, the lead­ing man­u­fac­turer of elec­tronic prod­ucts com­mits ac­tion plans for fu­ture In­dia in au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try and com­mis­sions the safety zone with its ar­ray of prod­ucts. ‘All time’ safety, com­fort­a­bil­ity and con­nect

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Head, Tech­ni­cal Cen­tre In­dia (TCI), Con­ti­nen­tal Au­to­mo­tive

Com­po­nents In­dia

Q: What are the cur­rent trends in au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics and what are the ar­eas of im­prove­ment?

Gu­lur: Glob­ally, the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try is set to ex­pe­ri­ence a trans­for­ma­tion with the emer­gence of the con­nected devices. The con­nected devices insync with “In­ter­net of Ev­ery­thing” will en­able a wide range of func­tions and ser­vices to make driv­ing safer more ef­fi­cient and more com­fort­able. The au­to­mo­tive and the in­for­ma­tion and telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions in­dus­try have to work to­gether in or­der to share knowl­edge and de­velop so­lu­tions for the con­nected car of the fu­ture and other re­lated in­dus­tries. The de­vel­op­ment of au­to­mated driv­ing con­sti­tutes a key tech­nol­ogy along the road to cre­at­ing even safer, more ef­fi­cient and more com­fort­able ve­hi­cles. Au­to­mated driv­ing is the mo­ti­va­tion be­hind ac­cel­er­at­ing our ‘Vi­sion Zero’. Even to­day, driver as­sis­tance sys­tems help to pre­vent ac­ci­dents. In­creas­ing ac­cep­tance of driver as­sis­tance sys­tems, an ever in­creas­ing need for com­mu­ni­ca­tion while driv­ing, and in­creas­ingly strin­gent re­quire­ments re­gard­ing the en­ergy-ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tion of ve­hi­cles, form the foun­da­tion for the ac­cep­tance of au­to­mated driv­ing. Con­ti­nen­tal is part­ner­ing with Global NCAP for ‘Stop the Crash’ in­for­ma­tion cam­paign, an ini­tia­tive of Global NCAP. Through­out the ‘Stop the Crash’ cam­paign, Global NCAP and its part­ners, in­clud­ing Con­ti­nen­tal, will be hold­ing driv­ing demon­stra­tions to raise aware­ness of the ben­e­fits of safety tech­nolo­gies that are al­ready be­ing vol­ume-pro­duced and to en­cour­age their adop­tion in sub­com­pact and compact mod­els too. On the tyre side the im­por­tance of ad­e­quate tyre pres­sure and tread depth are high­lighted.

Emis­sions are an­other im­por­tant fo­cus area. The Au­to­mo­tive Mis­sion Plan 201626 en­vis­ages the adop­tion of BS-V emis­sion norms by 2019 and BS-VI for pas­sen­ger cars, the im­ple­men­ta­tion of ‘end of life’ pol­icy for old ve­hi­cles and projects $80 bil­lion in capex in­vest­ments in the auto in­dus­try. Glob­ally, Con­ti­nen­tal has been sup­port­ing OEMs in meet­ing strin­gent emis­sion stan­dards, such as Euro 6.

Q: What are the au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics parts you man­u­fac­ture?

Gu­lur: Con­ti­nen­tal Au­to­mo­tive Com­po­nents In­dia de­vel­ops and man­u­fac­tures a wide range of elec­tronic prod­ucts in its Ban­ga­lore plant which in­cludes en­gine man­age­ment and power steer­ing ECUs, im­mo­bi­liz­ers, body con­trol mod­ules and in­stru­ment clus­ters for all ve­hi­cle seg­ments. It also man­u­fac­tures ac­tu­a­tion drum brakes, calipers, pow­er­train and chas­sis sen­sors, fuel sup­ply mod­ules and fuel rail as­sem­blies

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