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Automotive Product Finder Magazine | Industry has always been welcoming norms such as CAFE and BNVSAP
Industry has always been welcoming norms such as CAFE and BNVSAP
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Safety and emission norms such as CAFE, BNVSAP, etc., have driven manufacturers to improve the standard of their products. Once such norms are implemented, all car manufacturers will have to provide safety features like airbags, ABS and 3 point retractable seat belts as standard fitment, says Amit Antil, DGM, Business Development, Indian Auto Company.
There is exactly one year left for BS VI to roll out. Where does the industry’s preparation stand currently?
The auto industry’s work is cut out with BS VI norms as the Supreme Court has directed the roll out from April 2020 with no leniency to manufacturers. This is indeed one of the most challenging compliance levels adopted by the government where a lot from the engineering point of view will need to be modified to meet the new norms. Most of the manufacturers have said that they are fully prepared for the change, though initially, the time frame and availability of BS VI compliant fuel was a cause of worry. Assurance from the government on these two fronts has made the industry welcome it. The industry therefore is preparing for the big unknown, April 2020 onwards. As it is, rising fuel prices have been a deterrent in vehicle sales and with the roll out of BS VI consumers may have to shell out more than they like.
How is the industry moulding itself in order to meet the different safety and emission norms such as CAFE and BNVSAP, among others?
The industry has always been welcoming government norms such as CAFE and BNVSAP, and is aggressively moulding itself to meet set deadlines. Once such norms are implemented, all car manufacturers will have to provide safety features like airbags, ABS and 3 point retractable seat belts as standard fitment. This move will help generate awareness for road safety and consumers will start demanding these features in their cars.
How is automation helping in increasing the efficiency of vehicles?
A very simple use-case is Telematics units, which are connected with the vehicles, will make it easier to maintain the vehicle and give simple usage based alerts such as annual service, PUC alert, etc., to the users and help in increasing the efficiency of the vehicle utilisation. From an OEM point of view, advanced based alerts can be sent as per the requirement to improve efficiency of the vehicle.
How is IAC making its products more sustainable and efficient?
IAC has been constantly evolving its product strategy according to the market demands. The implementation of the recent AIS-140 compliance is a point in case. We have swiftly moved from providing normal trackers to AIS-140 compliance trackers, with panic buttons, for all newly registered public service vehicles from January 2019 onwards. Also, products such as In-dash cameras and DVRs are part of the IAC product range which will be heavily used in vehicles in the near future.
Are government policies helping you in any way? If yes, in what ways?
Yes. Government policies like the AIS-140 which came into effect from January 2019, is helping us reach more users, specially in the public service and commercial vehicle category. Once the market opens for retro fitment of the same, hopefully from April 2019 onwards the opportunity for each player would be there.
What are some of the emerging technologies in the automotive industry that can shape the face of safety?
Driver State Monitoring and ADAS solutions are technologies which we are working on, which will improve the safety standards and driving behaviour. As the conditions of roads and highways are increasing, driver based accidents due to fatigue, distracted driving can be easily prevented with the help of these technologies which we have started doing and showcasing to OEM clients. With the help of advanced telematics units, driver based profile and accessing of specific features for specific profile is something which can be easily achieved and offering keyless entry to authorised person.
Finally, what are the challenges the industry is facing and how can they be overcome?
In the designing and implementation of safety standards there are gaps, and much is desired to be done. At the end of the day, any safety standard designed is both for before-market and after-market, and training of the users who are responsible for implementation is important so the safety standard can be implemented with the right intention.
CAFE And BNVSAP
Driver State Monitoring And ADAS Solutions
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