After a stellar start last year, the country’s first and only dedicated technical conference on automotive transmissions – Transmission.tech – is back for its second edition on April 18 in New Delhi. We can assure you that we’ve upped the ante, and promise to deliver to you a fascinating day of presentations, new product & technology demonstrations, discussions, knowledge sharing and networking. We have more details about the event on page 55. I look forward to your participation.
The pace of development in automotive transmissions has been steady over the last few years. While the industry focussed largely on addressing the more pressing demands for enhanced engines, safety, comfort and vehicle styling, the need to ensure greater fuel efficiency, lower emissions and improved driving experience have led to significant work in the area of transmissions in the past few years.
In manual transmissions (MT), the development objectives have been to improve fuel efficiency, enable smoother transmission shifts and to achieve a compact design. Interestingly, although there are quite a few transmission technologies being currently used, manuals have been able to hold their ground largely due to better fuel economy and driver engagement. It is argued that demand for MTs will continue considering their compatibility with engine down-speeding and cylinder deactivation plus electronic clutch assistance.
Beyond MTs, other alternatives available today include automatic, dual-clutch, continuously variable and automated manual transmissions. New innovations such as the reversible variable transmission (RVT), 11-speed triple-clutch transmissions or planetary automatic transmissions are being actively considered.
Do read some extremely exciting articles we have in this edition on the development of transmissions technology. The transmission-equipped wheel hub motors developed by NSK, for instance, is a promising drive technology for future vehicle generations, including hybrids, EVs and fuel cell vehicles. The torque converter automatic transmission for commercial vehicles promises shift performance on par with a premium passenger car. Likewise, there is an article on a seamless-shift two-speed transmission with torque vectoring functionality.
Clearly, these are exciting times to talk transmissions. The industry is working on new innovations to address the myriad challenges of future mobility. What are the ideal solutions for the Indian market? Which technology is likely to be popular in the long run? What about local innovations? Transmission.tech 2018 will answer many of these questions. Have you registered yet?
DEEPANGSHU DEV SARMAH
New Delhi, April 2018