Connected cars and autonomous technology is the future of automobile industry. Almost every leading car maker in the world is trying to make a breakthrough in this direction. Tata Motors is one such automotive company. Today, their European Technical Centre showcased the latest mobility technology on board the Hexa SUV.
As part of the UK Autodrive project, which is co-funded by Innovate UK saw 15 partners come together to explore ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared) tech in a controlled environment. The project saw TMETC complete new gen Tata Hexa test trials.
Vehicle selection took into consideration need to accommodate driving hardware, visitors and engineers. TMETC works on R&D, design and engineering fronts for Tata Motors Passenger Vehicle business in India, and is now focused on controlled road environments.
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 in order 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 have to 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).”