Technological disruption is the buzz word today. More and more carmakers are testing autonomous technology and connected car solutions to make driving an easy chore in today`s chaotic and congested cities. Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) showcased the latest mobility solution on the Hexa SUV.
15 technological partners came together for the UK Autodrive project which is co-funded by Innovate UK. The partners explored the impact of ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared) technology, in a safe and controlled environment. TMETC completed test trials on the Hexa as part of the project. The Hexa was a suitable candidate for these tests with its spacious interiors, and enough room to accommodate visitors, driving hardware and engineers.
Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) is a division of Tata Motors, located at the University of Warwick. TMETC provides research and development principally for Tata Motors.
Rajendra Petkar, Chief Technology Officer, Tata Motors, “At Engineering Research Centre (ERC) we have been actively undertaking R&D work on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) as well as full vehicle autonomy to be future ready. Road congestion, air pollution and road safety, are acute concerns in India. We are likely to embrace connected, electric and shared technology sooner and therefore it is essential we remain at the forefront of these developments.
Autonomy will be a consideration for the future in India. With the support of our much talented team at TMETC, I am delighted to share that the trials done on the HEXA have yielded immensely rewarding insights for us. Going forward, we plan to introduce number of ADAS functionalities in a structured & phased manner.”
David Hudson, Head of Propulsion, TMETC, said, “This has been a challenging project but has enabled us to safely test our technologies on public roads in a real-world environment. We must understand the challenging road usage pattern in India and apply that knowledge to this project. Our connectivity vehicle experience has enabled us to safely test and demonstrate numerous features including GLOSA (Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory) and EEBL (Electronic Emergency Brake Light).”
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