Technology Vision (TV) drives conventional and e-mobility, holistically. A TV has the ability to take India, its engineering, its research in the mobility ecosystem into an orbit of sustainable growth that could benefit majority of target customers. The risk of time bound development and implementation avenues have to be mitigated systematically, and the benefits of TV have to be leveraged to continually outweigh the risks.
The development of advanced lightweight and recyclable materials in the TV weaves and percolates well into vehicle lightweighting. Lightweighting enhances fuel efficiency and energy management in both, conventional vehicles and xEVs. Though alternate lightweight materials are used by OEMs today, the application is only limited to small components due to cost and manufacturing challenges. The TV discusses pathways to develop sustainable solutions through partnerships of stakeholders and benchmarking global materials standards that are relevant to the India mobility story, today and tomorrow.
Hardware and software, Internet of Things, networks’ parity and open platforms, standardisation, and digitalisation in the TV are aspects that will elevate the mobility industry with better ride comfort, safety, connectivity in and outside vehicles. The miniaturisation of electronics with the associated thermal management encompassed with EMI/EMC optimisation are major aspects in TV that will continue to help packaging and integrating electronics with better efficiency in the vehicle. These aspects permit OEMs to find simpler ways to manufacture and integrate xEVs and alternate powertrains.
Embedded systems have widened the scope of various architectures into shorter project timelines and improve speed to market. Embedded systems have broadened XIL scope across the board. Remote development in parallel improves project management and speed to market. Similar to the hardware, control architectures in electronics, addressed in the TV, form the core of controllers needing continual improvement. The TV to create open innovation platforms will create more opportunities for cross-zonal pollination of ideas that will benefit customers in various markets.
The vision to develop energy efficient lighting at affordable costs in different applications has a significant impact on the mobility industry. As an example, in the last few years, many vehicle platforms have switched to LED lighting that is more appealing, less expensive, has higher recyclability and is energy efficient.
The dependencies on data and the relevant analytics are growing across industry platforms. The ability to capture and analyse the right type of data, and apply the same to corresponding target customer demands is an important aspect. OEMs are using this data to produce the right outputs for ride comfort, fuel efficiency and safe driving.
Software tools and processes, along with vision systems in the TV will give the right impetus to autonomous vehicles for Indian road conditions. With mobility business models changing to ride sharing, and not owning vehicles, and with the concept of ‘living room on wheels’, the TV opportunity in autonomous vehicles is fabulous. By using vision sensors, adaptive control and intelligence in real-time decision-making, the development opportunity of autonomous vehicles appears more real than a decade ago.
Finally, the chemistry of energy storage, materials and processes in the TV will be game changers for e-mobility. These will reform the foundation of weight management, form factors, charging time, life, cost and recyclability of energy storage systems. By virtue of these changes, there is an increased scope to build partnerships between OEMs and battery manufacturers to benefit the ecosystem.
TV for India, if mapped and integrated aptly into the mobility world, would be a winner for the Indian sustainable mobility ecosystem. The ability to make the right choices and work with pragmatic stakeholders will ensure sustainability.