Future of the automobile industry seems to be all about Electric Vehicles and Autonomous Vehicles. Following this trend, Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) now demonstrates their own autonomous mobility technology.
After more than three years of research and development. TMETC’s projects of connected and autonomous vehicle technology have drawn to a close. This also shows their commitment to shaping the future of mobility.
TMETC is the UK center of excellence in design and engineering for the Tata Motors Passenger Vehicle business in India. They are planning to focus their learning and future developments on controlled road environments. TMETC also participated in the UK Autodrive project. This is a co-funded project by Innovate UK which brings together many people to explore the impact of ACES (Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared) technology.
TMETC successfully completed their test trials on the new generation Tata Hexa. This car was preferred due to its spacious interior to accommodate the necessary driving hardware, visitors and also the engineers.
Speaking on Tata Motors European Technical Centre’s achievements,
According to Mr. Rajendra Petkar, CTO, Tata Motors, “At Engineering Research Centre (ERC) we have been actively undertaking many R&D works. Road congestion, air pollution, and road safety are acute concerns in India. We are likely to embrace connected, electric and shared technology sooner. Therefore it is essential we remain at the forefront of these developments. Autonomy will be a consideration for the future in India. The UK has already published a code of practice for testing autonomous vehicles safely and legally. This provides the ideal platform to enable us to challenge our self-driving vehicle capabilities.”
Mr. David Hudson, Head of Propulsion, TMETC, said: “This has been a challenging project. But it 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 also 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). We are pleased by the end of this project we have achieved an appropriate level of self-driving capability to allow us to move forward with our next steps in the mobility revolution.”
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