Con­ti­nen­tal lo­calises tech­nolo­gies for emis­sion con­trol, safety

Auto components India - - COVER STORY - Story by: Bhar­gav TS

Con­ti­nen­tal believes that clean, in­tel­li­gent, and con­nected ve­hi­cles are the fu­ture of mo­bil­ity the world over. “Recog­nis­ing the po­ten­tial of the In­dian au­to­mo­tive mar­ket and In­dia’s emer­gence as a hub for high qual­ity engi­neer­ing tal­ent, Con­ti­nen­tal Au­to­mo­tive has made sub­stan­tial in­vest­ment in the coun­try, both for man­u­fac­tur­ing and R&D. We ser­vice al­most all au­to­mo­tive OEMs here,” Prashanth Doreswamy, Manag­ing Di­rec­tor and In­dia Mar­ket Leader, Con­ti­nen­tal Au­to­mo­tive, told Auto Com­po­nentsIn­dia.

“There are sev­eral ar­eas of busi­ness in­ter­est for us. In In­dia, safety is a key fo­cus area now. The Gov­ern­ment has al­ready made it com­pul­sory to in­stall ABS for mo­tor­cy­cles of 125 cc and above. Sim­i­larly, emis­sion, which is a ma­jor con­cern in In­dia. The coun­try is skip­ping BS V (Euro V) and ad­vanc­ing to BS VI (Euro VI) norms from April 2020. Glob­ally, Con­ti­nen­tal has been sup­port­ing OEMs in meet­ing the strin­gent Euro VI emis­sion stan­dards. In In­dia, Con­ti­nen­tal is ready with the re­quired tech­nolo­gies in meet­ing the BS VI norms,” he said.

Au­to­mo­tive elec­tron­ics is one of the emerg­ing ar­eas in the In­dian

in­dus­try. Ma­jor ar­eas will in­clude safety, com­mu­ni­ca­tion and pow­er­train. As elec­tronic con­tent in the ve­hi­cle in­creases, OEMs re­alise that th­ese fea­tures can po­ten­tially be a game changer for the au­to­mo­tive sec­tor.

Evolv­ing au­to­mo­tive mar­ket

“We are fully com­mit­ted to the In­dian mar­ket. Rel­e­vant tech­nolo­gies are read­ily avail­able, and as a global player we bring decades of ex­pe­ri­ence in the ar­eas of safety and emis­sion con­trol. It is only a mat­ter of adop­tion, and gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tions have cer­tainly given this mo­men­tum. In some cases, th­ese prod­ucts are lo­calised too. In a price sen­si­tive mar­ket as In­dia, gov­ern­ment leg­is­la­tions play a key role,” Doreswamy said.

The in­creas­ing aware­ness and ac­cep­tance of safety tech­nolo­gies in ve­hi­cles, In­dia is emerg­ing as a fo­cus mar­ket for airbags, Anti-lock Brake Sys­tems (ABS) and Elec­tronic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (ESC). With sup­pli­ers like Con­ti­nen­tal bet­ting on lo­cal­i­sa­tion, tech­nolo­gies are adapted to lo­cal re­quire­ments, and they are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly af­ford­able.

Pre­pared for BS VI

With the im­ple­men­ta­tion of BS VI stan­dards, the Gov­ern­ment would be keen to mon­i­tor ac­tual emis­sions on the road through real drive cy­cle emis­sion tests. Hav­ing long been an ex­porter of ve­hi­cles to coun­tries where Euro VI stan­dards are en­forced by law, many au­to­mo­tive man­u­fac­tur­ers in In­dia are al­ready well pre­pared to meet the more strin­gent emis­sion stan­dards. The new stan­dards re­quire that after-treat­ment sys­tems be en­hanced by adding DPF (diesel par­tic­u­late fil­ter), SCR R (se­lec­tive cat­alytic re­duc­tion), ), LNT (lean NOx trap) for diesel l and TWC (ef­fi­cient three-way cat­a­lyst) and if re­quired GPF (gaso­line par­tic­u­late fil­ter) for gaso­line. To en­sure a smooth mi­gra­tion and avoid mul­ti­ple devel­op­ment loops and cal­i­bra­tion, a plat­form ap­proach. “Con­ti­nen­tal’s Euro o VI-com­pli­ant diesel sys­tems, SCR sys­tems, and gaso­line sys­tems s can of­fer a suit­able al­ter­na­tive ve for ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers,” he said.

As CO2 norms con­tinue to get tighter, hy­brid and elec­tric ve­hi­cles will demon­strate sig­nif­i­cant en­vi­ron­men­tal ad­van­tages over con­ven­tional gaso­line or diesel-pow­ered cars. In­cen­tive schemes like FAME (Faster Adop­tion and Man­u­fac­tur­ing of Hy­brid & Elec­tric Ve­hi­cles) will drive the up­take of 48 Volt mild hy­brid sys­tems, full and plug-in hy­brids as well as full elec­tric ve­hi­cles.

“For emis­sions our at­ten­tion is fo­cused on 2 par­al­lel ef­forts. The first is the full value cre­ation from the grow­ing de­mand for the most ef­fi­cient com­bus­tion en­gine tech­nolo­gies that also guar­an­tee the low­est emis­sions, and, the sec­ond is to ben­e­fit from the prospec­tive growth in en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly, elec­tri­fied and fully elec­tric drive sys­tems. We are also im­ple­ment­ing a sus­tain­able growth strat­egy fea­tur­ing a high level of in­vest­ment in R&D and in ca­pac­i­ties for fu­ture tech­nolo­gies and sys­tems for elec­tric ve­hi­cles,” Doreswamy said.

TwoTwo-wheeler safety

Con­ti­nen­tal has a com­plete range of Elec­tronic Brake Sys­tems (EBS), in­clud­ing a one-chan­nel ABS for smaller mo­tor­cy­cles and scoot­ers. Based on its proven ABS tech­nol­ogy for pas­sen­ger cars, it was de­vel­oped es­pe­cially for cost-sen­si­tive Asian mar­kets. The sys­tem is also ef­fec­tive in com­bi­na­tion with a me­chan­i­cal drum brake on the rear wheel.

The one-chan­nel ABS from Con­ti­nen­tal is a com­plete so­lu­tion that is both mo­du­lar and scal­able. It can be cus­tomised for var­i­ous con­trol strate­gies in dif­fer­ent ve­hi­cles in­clud­ing racer bikes, cruis­ers, sport bikes, scoot­ers or mopeds. This is an ad­di­tion

to Con­ti­nen­tal’s port­fo­lio of mo­tor­cy­cle sys­tems cur­rently in se­ries pro­duc­tion: Mo­tor­cy­cle In­te­gral Brake Sys­tems (MIB) and Mo­tor­cy­cle Anti-Lock Brake Sys­tems (MAB - 2 Chan­nel ABS). The two-chan­nel ABS MK 100 MAB or three-chan­nel MK 3-2 MAB has been avail­able as a mid-range fea­ture, while the MK 100 MIB has been avail­able as the ul­ti­mate fea­ture.

“For that we first set up a line for lo­cal­i­sa­tion of ABS assem­bly, be­sides ESC sys­tems in Gurgaon in Novem­ber 2016, and in Jan­uary 2018 an­nounced a new line in our Ban­ga­lore Cen­tral Elec­tron­ics Plant for the pro­duc­tion and assem­bly of Elec­tronic Con­trol Units (ECU) for two-wheeler and pas­sen­ger car Anti-lock Brak­ing Sys­tem (ABS) and Elec­tronic Sta­bil­ity Con­trol (ESC). With this we are en­sur­ing that our tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced, high­qual­ity prod­ucts are lo­calised for the mar­ket,” he said.

‘Vi­sion Zero’

Safety is a con­certed ef­fort of all stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­tur­ers, com­po­nent providers, the gov­ern­ment, and civil so­ci­ety. Safety is ev­ery­one’s right and it is also a col­lec­tive re­spon­si­bil­ity. Con­ti­nen­tal of­fers prod­ucts that in­te­grate the full range of ac­tive and pas­sive sys­tems re­sult­ing in com­pre­hen­sive ve­hi­cle safety and dy­nam­ics for com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles.

About Con­ti­nen­tal’s ‘Vi­sion Zero’, which spans across all seg­ments, Doreswamy said, “We are pur­su­ing a global strat­egy, and this is our com­mit­ment to­wards en­sur­ing zero fa­tal­i­ties, zero in­juries and zero ac­ci­dents glob­ally. How­ever, we also un­der­stand that this is not an ef­fort in iso­la­tion as leg­is­la­tion also plays a key role in defin­ing safety stan­dards. As a tech­nol­ogy com­pany, we de­velop and pro­duce in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies and in­tel­li­gent sys­tems for an au­to­mo­bile fu­ture in which life is pro­tected and in­juries are pre­vented. We will con­tinue our ef­forts in this di­rec­tion.”

Con­ti­nen­tal ac­tively works on the vi­sion of zero ac­ci­dents and of­fers smart sys­tem so­lu­tions for many dif­fer­ent as­pects of safety, from sen­sors to smart-hu­man­ma­chine-in­ter­faces and fu­ture­ori­ented au­to­mated driv­ing func­tions. “But ul­ti­mately, the mar­ket has to be ready for it. Sev­eral fac­tors in­flu­ence this, right from price sen­si­tiv­ity to leg­is­la­tion to in­fras­truc­ture to aware­ness. The big­gest op­por­tu­nity is to build pub­lic aware­ness, on how tech­nol­ogy can democra­tise road safety,” he said.

ADAS in In­dia

Con­ti­nen­tal which is present in all au­to­mo­tive hubs in In­dia with 15 of­fices in­clud­ing 8 plants, is build­ing a team for Ad­vanced Driver As­sis­tance Sys­tems (ADAS), the tech­nol­ogy of the fu­ture. The team sup­ports global mar­kets. ADAS will find its place in In­dia in the years to come. Bet­ter in­fras­truc­ture, aware­ness and gov­ern­ment pol­icy will be the de­cid­ing fac­tors for this.

“ADAS sys­tems are the back­bone for au­to­mated driv­ing. We have a large team at Con­ti­nen­tal TCI, our in-house R&D Cen­tre, work­ing on th­ese tech­nolo­gies. We are also closely en­gaged with the eco-sys­tem. Re­cently, we signed an MoU with IIT Madras on ad­vanced re­search in Ma­chine Learn­ing and Neu­ral Net­works for tech­nolo­gies that aid ADAS.

About In­dia’s dif­fi­cult in­fras­truc­ture, dif­fer­ent driv­ing pat­terns, and low safety aware­ness, Doreswamy said, “Each mar­ket is unique in its own way. As a global com­pany with busi­ness in al­most ev­ery part of the world, we un­der­stand this and adapt our­selves to each mar­ket. A “one size fits all” does not work. Which is why we strongly ad­here to our strat­egy of In the Mar­ket, For the Mar­ket, lo­cal­is­ing the en­tire value chain. Of­ten tech­nolo­gies are adapted to our cus­tomer re­quire­ments, unique to the mar­ket.”

Con­ti­nen­tal’s Ban­ga­lore plant

En­gine CCon­trol Unit

Prashanth Doreswamy, Manag­ing Di­rec­tor and In­dia Mar­ket Leader, Con­ti­nen­tal Au­to­mo­tive

Con­ti­nen­tal’s MK 100 ABS

Elec­tric park­ing brake

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