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Criteria: Fuel-efficiency, downsizing, use of alternative material, NVH, power & torque, innovative engineering, etc.
Criteria: Fuel-efficiency, downsizing, transmission efficiency, use of alternative material, NVH, power & torque, innovative engineering, etc.
Criteria: To be valuated across vehicle segments & include all technologies or innovations across product segments and categories launched in the award period.
Criteria: Criteria: To be valuated across vehicle segments & include all technologies or innovations across product segments and categories launched in the award period.
READERS' CHOICE TECHNOLOGY OF THE YEAR:
To be decided based on votes from Auto Tech Review readers.
Auto Tech Review editorial team to shortlist five technologies from the current year for voting.
STUDENT INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR
Criteria: Preliminary contest among students, short final presentation to the jury.
IATIA invites undergraduate, graduate or post-graduate engineering students to come up with innovative solutions in any of the below mentioned areas:
MOBILITY / TRANSPORTATION
Title - Traffic management using reinforcement learning
In most major cities, we have a big problem of traffic congestion. Traffic moves for small stretches and then comes to a standstill at junctions and traffic lights. Traffic lights are not synchronised or adaptive to the traffic conditions. We see that there are long queues on certain branch of the intersection while others are fairly empty, yet the light for the empty road remains green for long.
Under this project, the teams would be expected to train a Reinforcement Learning based neural network that would manage a stretch of traffic lights that would help improve the traffic conditions. Vehicles on main branches would be able to drive longer stretches non stop as the lights are synchronised as well as adaptive. Teams are welcome to train the network that could allow lights to turn green for straight drives while keeping right turns red, skip a branch in the sequence if needed etc.
The team would need to create a simulator using AirSim or Carla. Input data for the network could be camera stream from the simulator or other information that can come from the simulator. Teams are free to define the input and methodology. Deep RL is preferred over Q Learning model based RL techniques.
AUTOMOTIVE TECH STARTUP OF THE YEAR
The Automotive Tech Startup of the Year (ATSoY) is part of the Indian Automotive Technology and Innovation Awards (IATIA), an annual initiative by Auto Tech Review, India’s premier automotive technology publication.
True to the spirit of the IATIA, the ATSoY has been conceptualised with a specific goal in mind: to recognise, honour and reward budding technology entrepreneurs in the Indian automotive sector, who've not just made their mark by bringing to the market unique solutions aimed at the sector, but have also successfully scaled up their ventures.
Start-ups operating in the below mentioned categories are invited to send their entries:
* The Open category would invite entries from any other area of the mobility sector, not covered in the first three sub-categories.
Evaluation Parameters & Criteria:
The entries will be evaluated on below mentioned criteria:
Funding: Winners from each selected category stand to get funding (Note: decision at the sole discretion of funding agencies);
Acceleration: Winners stand an opportunity to enter an acceleration programme
The ATSoY jury would comprise of renowned leaders from the mobility industry, investment community as well as the business ecosystem.
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Former Director Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI)
Managing Director, Michelin India Technology Center LLP
Scientist G,DHI-DST Technology Platform for Electric Mobility, Govt of India
Head - Automotive & Transportation Practice, Frost & Sullivan
Editor–in–Chief Auto Tech Review
JURY – ATSoY
Sr Executive Director (Engineering), Maruti Suzuki India Limited
Vice Chairman, Sun Mobility
Chairman, Sant Longowal Institute of Engineering and Technology and former MD & CEO, National Skills Development Corporation
Managing Director, Lumax Industries Ltd
Editor–in–Chief Auto Tech Review
Head - Automotive & Transportation Practice, Frost & Sullivan
|1.||ATUL DUMREWAL||INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (INDIAN SCHOOL OF MINES), DHANBAD|
|2.||MUSKAN TANEJA||BITS PILANI, KK BIRLA GOA CAMPUS|
|3.||AMEY NARENDRA NERKAR||MIT ACADEMY OF ENGINEERING, PUNE|
|4.||VIVEKKUMAR SURENDRA SINGH||VEERMATA JIJABAI TECHNOLOGICAL INSTITUTE (VJTI), MUMBAI|
|5.||TUSHAR NANDKISHOR KALE||PROF RAM MEGHE INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND RESEARCH, BADNERA.|
|6.||AKSHAT PAL||PDPM IIITDM, JABALPUR|
|7.||KAVYA S||SRI SAIRAM ENGINEERING COLLEGE, CHENNAI|
|8.||UDDIP KASHYAP||NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, MEGHALAYA|
|9.||M. KARTHIKEYAN||VEL TECH UNIVERSITY, CHENNAI|
|10.||ABDUL ADIL BASHEER||SCMS SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY, KARUKUTTY|
GENERAL RULES & REGULATIONS
(Applies to all categories, and all submissions)
ADDITIONAL RULES FOR STUDENTS:
MARUTI SUZUKI INDIA
C 220 d
HONDA MOTORCYCLE AND SCOOTER INDIA
CD 110 Dream
Hyundai Motor India
HONDA CARS INDIA
VOLVO CARS INDIA
2-Speed Seamless Automatic Transmission
Rane TRW Steering System
High Torque Steering Gear
GETRAG Transmissions India
MX65 Manual Transmission
Multiple Energy Management Strategies
TVS MOTOR COMPANY
TVS SmartXonnect Technology
BITS PILANI KK BIRLA GOA CAMPUS
Design optimization of automobile crash box
SCMS SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY
Variable Intensity Brake Lighting
SRI SAIRAM ENGINEERING COLLEGE
Automatic Ticket Delivery System
Nissan Motor India
3.8 L VR38DETT V6 (GT-R)
1.5 L Turbodiesel (Nexon)
India Yamaha Motor
249 cc FI (FZ25)
Triumph Motorcycles India
765 cc, 3-cylinder (Street Triple S)
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India
6-speed DCT (Africa Twin)
Magneti Marelli India
4th Generation AMT
The Hitech Robotics System
Advanced Driver Assistive Systems – Co-Pilot
Nissan Motor India
Nissan Connect – Nissan Intelligent Mobility (NIM)
Infotainment system – "The New Age XUV"
Hyundai Motor India
Eco Coating Technology (Verna)
Rane TRW Steering System
Steering Gear with Optimum Output Torque-to-Weight Ratio
INA Bearings India
Hybrid System for Two-Wheelers
Alteryx Automotive Analytics
Instituted by Auto Tech Review (ATR), the country's first and only automotive technology magazine, the Indian Automotive Technology and Innovation Awards (IATIA) honour excellence in the automotive technologies space, and recognise the spirit of innovation among automotive manufacturers as well as engineering students in India.
With the 3rd edition of the IATIA, which was held on December 16, 2016 at The Grand, New Delhi, the aim was again to recognise and award innovative new automotive technologies that really matter, and which have the potential to make a significant positive impact.
The areas of work that the IATIA aims to recognise and award are local engineering and technology development, major improvements in engineering processes and significant technical upgrades. The focus is not just at the end products that get manufactured, but also at why it got made and how technical challenges were overcome.
Core categories in which awards were given out included engines, transmissions, safety, convenience, environment, and technology innovation. Entries were screened by our validation partner, Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) and external jury members for this year included eminent, well-respected industry professionals like Mr Shrikant R. Marathe (Ex-Director, Automotive Research Association of India), Dr RK Malhotra (President, SAEINDIA and Director General, Petroleum Federation of India), Dr Arun Jaura (European Advisory Council, SAE International), Mr Sajid Mubashir (Scientist G, DHI-DST Technology Platform for Electric Mobility, Govt of India) and Mr Indeep Madan (Managing Director, VCA India).
As part of our vehicle evaluation process for the IATIA, we also extensively drove and rode the cars and motorcycles that were nominated in various categories. This year, to help the editorial team with this evaluation process, we also had on board Mr Avik Chattopadhyay, an automotive industry veteran who has worked with major OEMs for more than two decades, and Mr Rajiv Mitra, veteran automotive journalist who has worked with leading publications and TV channels for more than twenty years. With our combined experience of driving, testing and evaluating all kinds of vehicles, we aimed to provide testing scores that reflect each vehicle's technical prowess and real-world capabilities.
Attended by automotive industry leaders, the IATIA was once again a big success this year and garnered appreciation from OEMs and suppliers alike. “It’s heartening to see the support we’ve received for the IATIA thus far, and the assurance of continued support in the future gives me a lot of confidence. What has come for special appreciation is our endeavour to recognise young engineering talent keen to pursue a career in the automotive industry. I believe IATIA is the right platform for the industry and academia to come together and push the innovation envelope in the student community,” said Deepangshu Dev Sarmah, Editor-in-Chief, Auto Tech Review, summing up the proceedings of the IATIA 2016.
The IATIA 2016 was co-sponsored by Ansys, Varroc and Ace Micromatic, while supporting partners included SAE India and IN-RDVS. Digital broadcast partnership was provided by 24 Frames Digital
Let us now take a look at the winning entries of IATIA 2016.
Renault Kwid 1.0
The Renault Kwid’s new 1 l ‘Sce’ petrol engine produces 68 hp and 91 Nm of torque. The engine, with its 4 valves per cylinder and double overhead cams, provides impressive drivability and fuel economy (also when mated to Renault’s ‘Easy-R’ AMT, for added convenience), and is easily one of the best new engines in its class.
Hyundai Elantra 2.0
The Hyundai Elantra’s new 2 l petrol engine produces a class-leading 150 hp and 192 Nm of torque. Mated to a 6-speed manual (or 6-speed automatic) transmission, the engine provides smooth, seamless power delivery across its rev-range, and impresses with its excellent drivability and overall efficiency.
Volvo S90 2.0
The Volvo S90’s 2 l ‘D4’ four-cylinder turbo-diesel engine is smooth, powerful and efficient. At 187 hp and 400 Nm of torque, the D4’s output is impressive. Also, as part of Volvo’s new ‘Drive-E’ family of engines, the D4 has been designed for reduced complexity by using a compact, modular approach. A deserving winner in its segment!
Honda Hornet CB 160 R
The Honda CB Hornet 160R’s 163 cc single-cylinder engine, which is equipped with a counterbalancer for smooth running, offers BS-IV compliance and best-in-class balance of power, performance and fuel economy.
Ducati Monster 821
The Monster 821’s liquid-cooled Desmodromic 8-valve 821 cc V-twin produces an impressive 112 hp and 90 Nm of torque. With ride-by-wire throttle management, fuel-injection and multiple riding modes, it’s a high-tech engine that delivers superlative performance in a compact package.
Nissan Terrano 6-speed AMT
The new Terrano features an all-new 6-Speed AMT (Automated Manual Transmission) that provides smooth, computer-controlled automatic gearshifts, without hurting fuel economy. This AMT provides most of the benefits of a regular automatic, at a lower price point, making it accessible to a wider cross-section of buyers.
Honda Accord eCVT
The new Accord features a highly innovative eCVT, which automatically juggles between the car’s electric motor and IC engine, seamlessly transferring power to the car’s front wheels. The eCVT is a high-tech solution that makes optimum use of the car’s i-MMD hybrid powertrain and also helps the fuel economy.
Maruti Suzuki Baleno’s next-generation lightweight platform
The new Baleno is Maruti Suzuki’s first product in India that’s based on its next generation lightweight platform. With this, MSIL has been able to make the Baleno 15 % lighter and 10 % more rigid, as compared to other existing comparable platforms in the industry. The new lightweight platform has also provided better crash resilience and improved NVH to the new Baleno.
Rane TRW – High-pressure Compact Aluminium Pump
Rane TRW’s indigenously designed and developed hydraulic power steering pump for commercial vehicle applications offers significant reduction in weight and noise. The new pump is 60 % lighter than earlier units and contributes to improved fuel economy and reduction in vehicle emission levels. Its aluminium construction makes it eco-friendly as well.
Visteon India – Head Up Display for Emerging Markets
Visteon has developed several scalable Head Up Display (HUD) solutions targeting all segments – from entry-level to luxury vehicles – with global market appeal, including its range of first-to-market combiner HUDs, which project a virtual image in front of the driver using a transparent screen mounted on top of the instrument panel. Combiner HUD brings head-up technology to mass-market vehicles through a compact, affordable solution with a high-quality display.
Mahindra and Mahindra – Truck & Bus Division – Fuel Smart in the Blazo Series
Fuel Smart technology customises a vehicle’s power and torque delivery according to load and application, resulting in a significant improvement in fuel efficiency. The technology has been made easy to use, so that drivers can themselves select the appropriate driving mode for maximised efficiency.
INA Bearings India – Adaptive Start-Stop with Sailing for 2W Applications
INA Bearings’ adaptive start stop system for two-wheelers uses the company’s engine decoupling management (EDM) technology, which analyses rider behaviour and riding style to optimise the start-stop function, thereby providing significant improvement in fuel economy and reduction in emissions.
AllGo Embedded Systems – RACE 2.0 Integrated Media and Mirroring Middleware Solution
RACE 2.0 is an ‘Integrated Media and Mirroring Middleware’ software solution, which simplifies the design and integration of automotive infotainment systems, and makes it easier for users to access their preferred content via media and smartphone mirroring software for seamless connectivity across devices.
Minda Corporation Ltd – Magnetic Key Shutter Module for 2W Ignition Switch
Minda’s new magnetic key shutter module is a protective device with push-type mechanism for 2-wheeler Ignition lock to restrict unauthorised access to the ignition lock keyhole. It enhances the anti-theft element, while also making it easier for the rider to operate the ignition switch.
SRM University, Chennai (Nishta Sen, Chakshu Ishan Kaplas, Nishant Saha) – Web Mining and Artificial Intelligence-based Infotainment
The purpose of this technology is to enable the use of a mobile application as an interface for human-vehicle communication, for increasing safety and allowing the vehicle to customise infotainment options based on the user’s personal preferences, which remain stored on the Web.
Manav Rachna International University, Faridabad (Chirag Malhotra, Rais Raja, Garvit Dudeja) – Technologies for Safer, More Efficient Electric Vehicles
The team from MRIU has designed a host of safety technologies for electric cars and have tried to make EVs more efficient via solar charging of the batteries. They have also designed a smart controller for the battery pack, which extracts the least possible power, depending on load.
NSS College of Engineering, Palakkad (Suryan Kumar, Arjun Ramesh, Ananthan) – Turbo Lag Removal and Turbocharging of Single Cylinder Engines
To deal with increasingly stringent emissions norms, Suryan, Arjun and Ananthan, from the NSS College of Engineering, have designed an experimental turbocharger system for single-cylinder engines. This system is expected to help reduce emissions, boost performance and increase mileage, without compromising on power delivery and performance.
Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India
New mid-size 160 cc engine used in CB Unicorn 160
2nd Generation, 800 cc Triple engine featured in the Tiger Series
No Award was presented in this category for want of substantial number of entries.
Magneti Marelli India
Automated Manual Transmission in Maruti Celerio, Maruti Alto, Tata Nano and Tata Zest
VE Commercial Vehicles Limited
Polymer crash-box design for frontal crash protection of truck cabin LCVs (5 T to 9.5 T)
Hella India Automotive Pvt Ltd
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) for 2W, 3W & PVs
Maruti Suzuki India Limited
Smart Hybrid Vehicle by Suzuki (SHVS) on the Ciaz sedan & Ertiga MPV
No Award was presented in this category as the Jury felt none of the entries merited an award this year.
Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India
Convenient Lift Up Independent Cover (CLIC) and Viscous Air Filter in Activa 125
Infotainment product Open Air featured on Mahindra XUV500 Refresh
CNG Series Hybrid Technology used in the 12 m Series Hybrid Urban Bus
Mahindra & Mahindra
Blue Sense App in the Scorpio, XUV500, TUV100
KPIT Technologies Ltd
Revolo XL - Electric hybrid system to convert existing public transport buses to hybrid buses.
Fuel-efficient & most simplified Common Rail Diesel FI system for small engines 1 Cyl & 2 Cyl LPVs (Low Price Vehicles)
INA Bearings India (Schaeffler)
Engine Decoupling Management (EDM) for 2Ws, used in scooters and motorcycles
Ankit Kandpal and Jatin Bhandari, College of Technology, Pantnagar (UK)
Turbo Lag Removal in Automobiles
Ckakshu Ishan Kaplas & Samitha Ganguly, SRM University Chennai
Smart Accident Detection & Automated SOS System
The biggest highlight of the new 2017 Ford EcoSport is the new 1,497 cc, in-line three-cylinder, naturally aspirated, Twin independent Variable Camshaft Timing (Ti-VCT), ‘Dragon’ petrol engine. The petrol engine delivers maximum power of 121 hp at 6,500 rpm, along with peak torque of 150 Nm at 4,500 rpm. The engine is said to have been designed to improve performance and efficiency, while reducing size, weight and friction. This engine is offered with a five-speed manual transmission, as well as a new six-speed conventional torque-converter automatic transmission.
The Boosterjet engine on the Baleno RS is a 998 cc, three-cylinder unit featuring a direct injection turbo unit that produces around 100 hp of peak power and 150 Nm of torque. The Boosterjet 1 l engine is claimed to deliver 20 % more power and 30 % more torque compared to a regular 1.2 l naturally aspirated petrol engine. At the core of the engine lie the direct injection system that delivers fuel at pressures of about 200 bar into the cylinders, giving the engine very efficient combustible air-fuel mixture that help reduce fuel consumption as well as emissions. Additionally, the shape of the intake ports and the pistons are optimised to generate a stronger tumble flow.
The basic concept of Eco Coating Technology is bio-filtration that degrades volatile organic compounds (VOCs) using biofilm made of odourless bacteria. The odourless bacteria decompose VOCs into no or weak odour gases. The biofilm on the surface of the evaporator core reduce odour. This is the first attempt to combine biotechnology and automotive technologies in automotive areas, claims Hyundai Motor India.
The Ecosense Technology helps in optimising fuel consumption and reduces CO2 emissions by assisting the driver in driving more efficiently. For every trip, the user gets an Ecoscore out of 100, based on driving parameters like speed, gear selection, acceleration, idling, clutch override and aggressive breaking. During the trip, the infotainment system keeps displaying an instantaneous Ecoscore and an average Ecoscore. It also allows the user to share his/ her Ecoscore on multiple social media platforms. The user gets easy access to the Ecosense data and history on the infotainment system as well as on the Bluesense app and the With You Hamesha website.
The new CB Shine SP from Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) is the 1st motorcycle in India to be equipped with HET (Honda Eco Technology) tyres. Developed and patented by Honda, the HET tyre is built with a new compound that reduces the energy loss, while maintaining optimum grip performance by 15-20 %, thereby improving overall efficiency. This tyre has been locally developed by Indian tyre manufacturers as per specifications given by Honda. Through this technology, Honda aims to pass on the benefit of improved fuel efficiency to customers and contribute to the environment by reducing carbon footprint.
Suzuki Motorcycle India launched the Gixxer SF this year with Anti-lock Brake System (ABS). This optional single-channel ABS unit makes the Gixxer SF the only bike in this segment in India to offer this safety feature. Compared to the standard Gixxer, the ABS provides a significant safety net and confidence boost, with the bike pulling to a stop without any fuss, even if the rider grabs a handful of brake on loose or wet surfaces.
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