Au­to­mo­tive R&D fo­cuses on cleaner en­vi­ron­ment with con­nected ve­hi­cles

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Cleaner en­vi­ron­ment is the buzz word in the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try and in cor­re­la­tion with that a lot of reg­u­la­tions are in place. R&D with­out any choice has to take the cen­tre stage for re­al­is­ing the same. A con­fer­ence on Au­to­mo­tive R&D trends, or­ga­nized by the Tamil Nadu Tech­nol­ogy De­vel­op­ment & Pro­mo­tional Coun­cil of CII dis­cussed the cru­cial re­search and tech­nol­ogy needs for this con­tem­po­rary en­vi­ron­ment.

With BS IV get­ting staged in April 2017 and BS VI within the vicin­ity, R&D needs to be geared up. The speak­ers shared their views on R&D trends, chal­lenges ahead and at­tempts to pro­ject the fu­ture of the same. Am­buj Sharma, Ad­di­tional Chief Sec­re­tary/In­dus­try Com­mis­sioner and Di­rec­tor of In­dus­tries and Com­merce, Govern­ment of Tamil Nadu, said, “Cus­tomers are look­ing for­ward for IT and IT-en­abled ser­vices at a pos­si­ble lower cost. They des­ig­nate cam­eras, LED lights, ground clear­ance, seat com­fort and other pe­riph­eral as­pects as their pri­or­i­ties. The en­gines and the cal­i­bra­tions are not in their pri­or­ity list. Hence coun­ter­feits are boom­ing in the mar­ket. But R&D can­not be se­lec­tively ma­nip­u­lated in th­ese ar­eas as only fuel ef­fi­ciency and per­for­mance get counted with the en­gine at­tributes. ‘More for less’ strat­egy can no longer be vi­able and the govern­ment has to work on op­ti­mi­sa­tion strat­egy to mit­i­gate th­ese con­cerns. Col­lab­o­ra­tive ap­proach is the cur­rent need and govern­ment has to cer­tainly drive this. It brings in economies of scale. With this en­vi­ron­ment in place it is ex­pected that R&D spend will be halved and the out­put will be dou­bled. With this col­lab­o­ra­tion, the OEM and com­po­nent mak­ers can work on their core strengths and the test­ing, sim­u­la­tion and other needs can be rented out, it­er­a­tions could be worked out and the so­lu­tions can be pos­si­bly ar­rived at.”

Also he stated that the in­dus­trial poli­cies in In­dia are in­deed en­cour­ag­ing. But there should be Tamil Nadu-spe­cific poli­cies. “We need to con­cen­trate on

the fo­cus ar­eas like de­mand gen­er­a­tion, tech­nol­ogy, R&D and skill en­hance­ment. For the R&D needs we are glad to pro­vide empty land, built up space or any other sort of help. We also fore­see In­dian con­sumers will not freeze the spend any­more with safety fea­tures chipped in.”

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Ga­janan V Gandhe, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, IAC Asia Lim­ited, said, “Make in In­dia and the cap­i­tal in­vest­ment for the same takes the ‘hot-seat’ dis­cus­sion in the con­fer­ence. There was a real fizz all over when it got in­tro­duced as a cam­paign. No doubt, in­vest­ments are planned and global in­vest­ments are promised too. But have they got ma­te­ri­alised is a big ques­tion and the re­sponse for the same is a unan­i­mous ‘No’. The GDP fig­ure is usu­ally ar­rived at with the sum­ma­tion of pri­vate in­vest­ment, Govern­ment in­vest­ment and the con­sumer con­sump­tion indices. The pri­vate in­vest­ment has de­clined as there is no de­mand gen­er­a­tion. This de­mand gen­er­a­tion is pro­por­tion­ate to the earn­ing po­ten­tial of the peo­ple. Only 27% of the pop­u­la­tion has high earn­ing po­ten­tial. This has to be in­creased in or­der to drive Make in In­dia cam­paign in its in­tended path.”

Also he high­lighted that the fo­rum which in­volves the in­vest­ment de­ci­sions across globe is not con­sid­er­ing In­dia as one of the favourite spots owing to a lot of bu­reau­cratic hic­cups. “Though In­dia is a po­ten­tial en­vi­ron­ment the in­vest­ments will not yield quick re­turns is what the fo­rum con­cludes.” Some­thing has to be done with im­me­di­ate ef­fect to dis­prove the same.

An­other pan­elist said, “There are chal­leng­ing phases and we are trail­ing in that path. We should de­velop in such a way that Audi and BMW-like cars should never be a dream and meant only for the elites. This could hap­pen only when the GDP scales high. The bud­get this time has opened av­enues for FDIs with 49:50 and in some cases 100% FDIs are also wel­comed. Th­ese re­lax­ations trig­ger much in­come and will at­tract good in­vest­ments, in turn pro­vi­sions are ex­pected to be pro­jected for R&Ds. The top-end car should be man­u­fac­tured fully lo­cally from fix­tures to fin­ished cars in­dige­nously and that will drive R&D to its peak. It will hap­pen but a lit­tle tweak is needed from ev­ery end.”

Vi­neet Dravid, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Com­sol Mul­ti­physics, said, “There needs to be an at­ti­tu­di­nal change. Op­ti­mi­sa­tion of process and pro­duc­tion alone is not the chal­lenge but the legacy has to be built. It is pos­si­ble only with in­no­va­tion be­ing taken as the core.”

“The abil­ity to in­no­vate and dis­rupt forms the bedrock of R&D. Align­ing with the global trends drives Make in In­dia ef­fi­ciently. In this dig­i­tal en­vi­ron­ment the data only can be utilised for var­i­ous anal­y­sis. R&D will be based on how to democra­tise and mon­e­tise the same,” said Gu­ruprasad Math, South­ern Re­gional Head-Strate­gic Busi­ness, An­sys Soft­ware. In­dia has to con­cen­trate on para­met­ric R&D if not core R&D for at least a few years from now.

Cleaner ecosys­tem will be driven with con­nected-ve­hi­cle strat­egy. “We are work­ing on as­sorted tech­nolo­gies like valet park­ing, smart phone driven tech­nolo­gies, Va­leo sight stream (clar­ity en­hanced dur­ing rainy sea­son), vir­tual key, to name a few. Also the evo­lu­tion is hap­pen­ing from driver-cen­tric ap­proaches to mo­bil­ity as a whole. We are also work­ing on tech­nolo­gies and help driv­ers to re­place driv­ers and sen­sors are used for the same. We are now in the process of de­vel­op­ing laser scan­ners for cer­tain ap­pli­ca­tions. The com­mu­ni­ca­tion has gone be­yond the con­fines of the car. We also de­velop an in­ter­face through which we can switch be­tween au­to­ma­tion and man­ual mode,” Ashok Be­lani, Group Pres­i­dent & Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Va­leo In­dia Pvt Ltd., said.

Speak­ing on the oc­ca­sion, Gau­tam Dutta, Se­nior Di­rec­tor-Mar­ket­ing, Siemens In­dus­try Soft­ware In­dia, said, “Model based sim­u­la­tion and val­i­da­tion is crit­i­cal for au­to­mo­tive sup­pli­ers to meet to­day’s chal­lenges and de­liver more in­no­va­tion, clean sheet and light weight de­signs on time and with pre­dictable per­for­mance. Auto sys­tems sup­pli­ers need en­tire sim­u­la­tion port­fo­lio cov­er­ing 1D, 3D test data man­age­ment and ex­pert en­gi­neer­ing ser­vices.” The com­po­nent sup­pli­ers will get el­e­vated to sys­tem sup­pli­ers by do­ing the same.

K Ra­jan, Se­nior As­so­ciate Vice Pres­i­dent & Head-Prod­ucts & Train­ing, Cho­la­man­dalam MS Gen­eral In­sur­ance said, “In­sur­ance as an eco sys­tem com­prises OEMs, in­sur­ance com­pa­nies, tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ers, cus­tomers and govern­ment. As per statis­tics, the num­ber of thefts hap­pen­ing is very large in the coun­try and ev­ery 13 min­utes one ve­hi­cle is stolen in Delhi. In or­der to curb the same, telem­at­ics driven ve­hi­cles are ad­vised. In China and Brazil, telem­at­ic­fit has be­come man­date. In­dia will also have telem­at­ics be­com­ing manda­tory soon. This telem­at­ics will play a vi­tal role to fix in­sur­ance pre­mi­ums too. As more and more tech­nolo­gies get into the stream the risk will be less­ened and the in­sur­ance pre­mium would ac­cord­ingly be de­ter­mined.”

“There is a point which was high­lighted that val­i­da­tion is not sim­i­lar to all en­vi­ron­ments. European en­vi­ron­ment is not sim­i­lar to our en­vi­ron­ment. Hence en­vi­ron­ment-spe­cific val­i­da­tion is needed. Data should be gath­ered from the ini­tial stage and anal­y­sis and al­go­rithms are checked against the cal­i­bra­tion to meet the stan­dards. This will in­crease the per­for­mance of the ve­hi­cles. Sub­sys­tem de­signs and val­i­da­tions and in­te­grated sys­tem val­i­da­tion as a whole will in­crease the life of the com­po­nents and in turn will meet the ex­pec­ta­tions of the con­sumers. R&D is not a process but the base on which other op­er­a­tions have to ex­ist,” Ma­havir Patil, Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, ETAS In­dia Pvt Ltd, said.

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