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Automotive Product Finder Magazine | Globalisation is the mantra for OEM and auto component players
Globalisation is the mantra for OEM and auto component players
Local R&D is an important factor to influence cost
Growth of automobile industry expected to generate huge demand
Keeping the commitment to road safety intact, greater emphasis would be on crash and accident avoidance technologies. Commenting on the upcoming trends, Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director, ARAI says autonomous driving would be a distant future however, intelligent and connected vehicles are just round the corner.
How prepared is the industry for the BS VI roll out?
The industry has sufficient time available for the development of new powertrains. It is expected that the models will start coming for approval in the next 2-3 months. Anticipating large surge in testing and type approval, at ARAI we have created additional capacity in terms of facilities as well as test teams. At OEM level, extensive validation and trials would also be essential before market introduction of the final products. Another challenge which is currently being handled is the readiness and scaling up of supply chain. All stake holders have their big role to play in this leap frogging.
How are government norms helping in maintaining safety?
Passenger car industry has already implemented the fuel efficiency norms for the past two years. On the safety regulations scenario, mandatory crash regulations were brought in 2 phases – October 2017 for new models and October 2019 for existing models. Accordingly, compliance of various models is being tested and certified. These crash regulations would ensure minimum occupant safety in the event of crash. Bharat NCAP protocol is now ready and notification by the government is awaited. What role will automation play in increasing the efficiency of vehicles? Full automation no doubt increases global competitiveness and provides advantage for scale of economy. Indian industries are often seen to effectively work with semi automation to tap local market and strike balance for employment. Department of Heavy Industries, government of India is keenly supporting Industry 4.0 initiatives.
What are OEMs and auto component players doing to make their products more sustainable and efficient?
Globalisation is the mantra for OEM and auto component players to adapt global product to local conditions. India’s unique economic conditions, frugal engineering, cost sensitivity, traffic conditions, climatic conditions, road conditions, material availability influence products localisations. Some such examples are unique duty cycle for brakes, horns, clutches, etc. Vehicle subsystem level development of suspensions, tyres and vehicle stability designs in Indian contexts offers greater opportunities for global products.
Is India ready for the global challenge?
The Indian component industry is much dependent on local market/developing countries while it is still evolving to become a global industry. The domestic market itself has a considerable growth rate and high potential. The auto component hubs are gearing up and require OEM support to evolve strategies for export. Harmonisation of our national standards with the global regulations will also offer impetus to the export-worthiness of components. The recently announced FAME II scheme also encourages localisation and development in the country.
What are the emerging technologies and trends that has shaped the automotive industry’s landscape?
Electrification is a big strategic move announced by the Indian government. It opens up a plethora of opportunities for EVs and BOVs, hybrid vehicles as well as setting up charging infrastructure and power management. Deep penetration of EVs would also demand development of alternate materials and structures coupled with advanced manufacturing processes for lightweight body construction. India is fiercely combating environmental challenges as well as strategising on energy security, and this opens up doors for alternate fuel technology and green mobility.
Keeping our national and international commitments towards road safety, greater emphasis would be on crash and accident avoidance technologies. Autonomous driving would be a distant future however, intelligent and connected vehicles are just round the corner!
What is the way forward from here?
Deep penetration of connectivity, IoT and ITS would shape up the mobility and transportation. Mass rapid transit, efficient use of waterways and adequate, advanced road infrastructure is the way forward.
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