Amtel 2017, a two-day conference on Automotive Mobility, Telematics & Connected Vehicles, kick-started on Thursday in Bangalore amidst much fanfare.
The speakers those who made presentations at India’s premium event on the future automotive mobility have touched upon the latest technologies evolving in the areas of Telematics, Internet of Things, Intelligent Transportation and Autonomous Vehicles.
Automotive Mobility, Telematics and Connected Vehicles is an evolving technical field that crosses multiple disciplines and industries including automotive, travel and transportation, information technology, communications, consumer electronics, industrial electronics, media & entertainment, energy & utilities, insurance, the speakers said.
The concept of connecting vehicles with various devices, services and participants makes our mobility safer, faster, cheaper, cleaner and more comfortable.
The subjects including Intelligent Traffic alerts, Eco driving, music downloads, tailored service, software updates in the car and charging support for electric cars were all discussed in detail in the day one of the conference.
“We are on the brink of an extraordinary revolution in the automotive industry while even drivers, passengers and even cars can connect to a range of services in the cloud and Amtel 2017 comes at the right time to address all these parameters,” a cross section of participants told Automotive India News.
In his keynote address, Sushil Kumar, Dy.Director General (IoT), TEC, DoT, Ministry of Communications, Government of India, said, “Machine-to-Machine communication and Internet of Things can make the automotive sector smart and improve the efficiency. The connected car segment is continuously expanding. The high-end vehicles with connected car features are already using 25-30 sensors. ”
Kumar said that use of M2M SIM and Digital Identity for enablement of vehicle registration and transfer may resolve a large number of issues related to the industry, citizens and the government as this process may ensure the ownership transfer to be in sync both for vehicle and device connection.
He also said the Aadhar based driver identification system should be implemented.
Intelligent Transport System (ITS) applications such as intelligent signaling, electric toll collection and smart parking can reduce congestion on roads.
Geofence will help in monitoring the vehicles deployed for specific task such as garbage collection, pick & drop etc. Importantly the vehicle tracking will reduce crime, Kumar added.
Making presentation under the title, “Digital Vehicle and Impact of Connectivity,” Praveen Bhatt, VP-Infotainment & Connected Car, Mercedes-Benz R&D India, said the connectivity is key to digital.
Bhatt broadly spoke on Navigation, Radio/Media, Internet/Apps under the topic of Infotainment while he threw more light on Car-2-Car communication, Smart Routing, Intelligent Parking Assist in autonomous driving space.
He also touched upon the safety aspects like ‘Live Traffic Information’, Car-2-X Warnings and Emergency Call while providing elaborate inputs on remote services, range on map and charging station under the heading of Electric Vehicle.
Another speaker Kaushik Madhavan, Director-Mobility, Frost & Sullivan, spoke on the new mobility business models and the impact on the Indian automotive industry.
Madhavan said the connected life contains three important aspects like connected home, connected city and connected work and future vehicles will integrate these aspects in to their connectivity roadmap.
The connected living total market size will in the range of $ 730 billion in 2020 with a majority of 54 percent coming from connected city followed by 31 percent from connected home and the remaining 15 percent from connected work, he said and added that OEMs are taking two approaches to introducing autonomous functionality – guardian vs chauffer.
He also noted that OEMs are moving toward MaaS-Mobility as a service. Citing a case study, he said Daimler (Moovel gmbh)- Daimler’s mobility services have reached over 100 million euros in revenue in 2014 and the company has targeted revenues of 800 million euros by 2021/2022.
Pradeep Nair, Strategic Business Head – Automotive, National Instruments, discussed in detail about Hardware in the loop test system for next generation automobiles.
Nair said embedded software in a vehicle is growing rapidly and electronics adoption and their test requirements for automotive too rapidly.
He also said the key trend in the automotive technology is vehicle electrification that includes energy recovery, energy storage, power electronics and motors and drives.
Advance Driver Assistance System (ADAS) architectures will continue to evolve, he added and discussed about smart sensors /decentralized processing, raw sensor data/centralized processing and hybrid sensor/processing.
Nair also noted that electronics and connectivity technology is on rapid adoption in automotive applications.
Connectivity technologies include automotive RADAR, 802.11p, low-cost infotainment test system among others, he said.
Sreejakumar Nair of Mahindra Electric, spoke on connected electric vehicle eco-system and infrastructure challenges in India.
Lack of unified charging standards, increased electric power requirement from the grid, additional electric power generation and distribution infrastructure are key challenges in electric vehicle charging framework, he noted.
While discussing in elaborate on the overview of global electric vehicle charging, he also provided various inputs on on-board AC charging in India while making presentation on DC fast charging standards.
“If all conventional ICE vehicles are converted to BEVs, we must add 50 percent more generation capacity,” he added.
Eric Billiet – Head of India Engineering Centre, Magneti Marelli, discussed about the industry under the topic “What is the relevant ecosystem to bring expected value add from Telematics in India?”.
While highlighting about available strengths in the current ecosystem, Billiet discussed on various factors like insured market still under deployment, exponential use of smartphones, cheap unlimited data connection, car sharing & car pooling as local culture, infrastructure underdevelopment.
He also said that OEMs needs data to understand user diversity.
The interactive panel discussion titled ‘Planning for Tomorrow’s Car & City’. Cities, Carmakers and Mobility Providers-shaping urban mobility together” discussed in detail about the current status of on-going smart cities project in India and its related impact on the urban mobility.
In the panel discussion moderated by Jaishankar Jayaramiah, Managing Editor, Automotive India News, the eminent panelists including Damodar Sahu, Consulting Partner & Head –IoT|Ditital, Manufacturing & Technology SBU, Wipro Ltd, Mohit Kochar, AVP-Smart Cities, Head-Global Marketing, KPIT, Bipin Pradeep Kumar, Co-Founder, Gaia Smart Cities and Karthik Narayan, VP-Enterprise Business, Vodafone India.
While Damodar Sahu and Karthik Narayan have detailed about the usage of emerging IoT related features in the automotive mobility, Mohit Kochar and Bipin Pradeep Kumar have provided detailed inputs on smart cities programme.
The panel discussion followed by the presentation made by Ravi Kumar – Director – CRM Consulting, Cubastion Consulting, under the title “Connected Vehicle Services Platform : A CRM Backbone for Connected Vehicles.”, has further provided elaborate inputs on connected vehicle industry.
Later another interactive panel discussion “From Competition to Collaboration” has given in-depth details on the current ground realty of automotive mobility.
In the session moderated by Kaushik Madhavan, Director-Mobility, Frost Sullivan, the panelists like Krishnamurthy Vaidyanathan, CEO, EI Labs India, Magesh Srinivasan, Head-Connected Car, HCL Technologies, Mohit Mehrotra, VP and Business Head, OMNICOMM and Abhishek Visveswaran, Director, SBD India have participated.
The panelists have discussed on how automakers are leveraging start-ups to strengthen their position in mobility. They also discussed on how to explore the open systems and collaboration patterns that are more based on successful collaborations than vendor/buyer relationships and the arising new business models.
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