After holding prolonged discussions with players of the Indian automotive industry, the government has finally de-licensed the use of certain Very Low Frequencies. This move would help the automakers to test and install a wide variety of safety systems and in-car connectivity systems in the cars that are made in India.
These systems are already being widely used in developed markets. Modern radar based safety systems like blind spot warning, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control, autonomous emergency braking, anti-collision system, etc., can now be tested and fitted in cars.
Government’s decisions has opened up more export prospects for made-in-India cars as connected cars are immensely popular in markets like Europe (these systems enhance a car’s NCAP safety rating). The biggest beneficiary of the de-licensing will be Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. which is gearing up to export its Baleno hatchback to hundreds of international markets including Japan. The export-spec Baleno will be equipped with autonomous emergency braking system.
For this purpose Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has de-licensed devices which use the frequency bands of 36-38 MHz, 433-434.79 MHz, 302-351 kHz and 76-77 GHz.
The radar-based safety systems and vehicle-to-vehicle interaction systems are the next big things in the global automotive industry and by being able to use the required frequency bands, the Indian auto industry will be able to keep pace with the developments.