Digitisation in CVs
The second panel discussion, as part of the Apollo-CV Awards 2017, focused on growing use of electronics in CVs.
Highlighting the OE perspective, Kaushik Madhavan, in response to V G Ramakrishnan’s question on industry movement towards digitisation, mentioned that much depends on the jump the OE industry is ready for when it comes to digitisation. “We will have initial regulations, hybridisation, etc., to play a key role in the digital sphere. Suppliers will also play a key role,” he averred. Drawing attention to the use of signboards by STUs in buses, and the setting up of a control room to monitor buses on the road, Kaushik expressed, “Fleet management services like DigiSense from Mahindra are reflective of the successful development of (digital) platforms.” “These,” he added,”can be used across vehicle segments.” Stressing upon the rising use of fleet management services to track movement and driver behaviour, Kaushik stated, “Driver has become an integral part of the entire CV ecosystem, and dgitisaion is helping him to realise better efficiency.” Kaushik also drew attention to how digitisation is aiding service compliance. “In 2014, in Europe, we were trying to understand what is going to happen with EuroVI. We asked the drivers about the truck getting complicated with SCR. We are now travelling on the same route, and the tone will be set for digitisation in CVs,” explained Kaushik. He did not forget to mention that the aggregator business model is picking up; leading to many looking at
A Sriniwas, from the product stand point, said that a lot of work will happen in India and the world over in the case of driver awareness. “Initiatives like driver training and monitoring will gain importance among other things,” he added. Sriniwas linked driver