If one was to think of the most advanced car market on the planet, many would say perhaps china perhaps. However, the Indian automotive sector has changed dramatically in recent years to become one of the largest and fastest-growing markets in the world
Tata Motors is the country’s biggest and most known car maker and is one of the few engineering firms that has direct experience of this transformation. Tata Motors, in a very short space of time, has advanced from being a maker of robust engineering deigns for a cost-conscious Indian market to a globally striving engineering company creating modern, high-tech vehicles.
Tata Motors are focusing on the technology of automotive designs. This technological advancement, particularly at a time when the rest of the global automotive sector has been evolving so rapidly, has owed much to the efforts of engineers here in the UK, at Tata’s Warwick University-based European Technical Centre (TMETC), a research division established in 2005 to enable the Indian manufacturer to tap into the region’s world-leading expertise.
Sealy expects electrification to play a key role in the future. Despite the Indian government recently moved back on its pledge to make 100 per cent of all new vehicle’s electric by 2030, an amended target of 30 per cent is still determined for a country with major infrastructure challenges and little domestic battery manufacturing expertise. Addressing these challenges is therefore a priority for TMETC, and electrification will be a major area of research at the group’s new home in the NAIC, said Sealy.
Sealy believes connectivity will have a more immediate impact on the Indian market – a game-changing movement that uses communication technologies to enable automobiles to communicate with their users, other vehicles, and the roadside infrastructure.
“We think it will happen in India, possibly ahead of other countries simply because the Indian public are just so into their smartphones – the cost of mobile traffic is so low in India,” Jon Sealy said. Related to this is the concept of so-called “shared” pay-to-use models, where rather than owning a vehicle outright, mobile technology and apps are used to summon up vehicles when they’re required.
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