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Old 23rd October 2018, 10:55   #1
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The Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC), which based in Coventry, UK, has completed trials of its Tata Hexa-based autonomous vehicle technology.

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TMETC was part of the UK Autodrive project co-founded by Innovate UK. Its aim was to explore the impact of Autonomous, Connected, Electric and Shared (ACES) technology in a safe and controlled setting. 15 partners including OEMs, engineering businesses, academia and councils had collaborated for this purpose.

Tata demonstrates Hexa-based autonomous tech in the UK-image-2-autodrivercoventry.jpg

The UK has published a code of practice for testing autonomous vehicles safely and legally. This allowed TMETC to put their autonomous technologies including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), Green Light Optimal Speed Advisory (GLOSA) and Electronic Emergency Brake Light (EEBL) to the test.

TMETC plans to introduce ADAS functionalities in its road cars in a phased manner.

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While this is amazing for Tata, and it's good to know that our desi company is at the cutting edge of this field, I wonder why such development centres can't be based in India?
It will allow tech to be developed for local problems. It will give Indian researchers the ability to work in these fields in their own country rather than having to move abroad because of lack of opportunities here. It will draw expats here who will contribute to the scientific community
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While this is amazing for Tata, and it's good to know that our desi company is at the cutting edge of this field, I wonder why such development centres can't be based in India?
Issue is with the infrastructure for development of Autonomous tech. Though we can always have closed areas to test a few prototypes which has been done earlier by various startups here in India. But the real proving ground is the open road. Only then you can actually demonstrate what your system can do, that with a certain set of limitations. That is when infrastructure decides whether you win or lose the show. With well marked roads, ideal traffic conditions, hardly any anomalies found on the streets or with the behaviour of people, its far easier to build and test such an autonomous system in the EU or even UK.

In addition to infrastructure, there were regulatory limitations over the use of radars for purposes other than military, which discouraged any such activities in India. Though these days there are alternatives to using radar, it is still the backbone of even the most basic driving assistance systems.

Now that the government is thinking better, you can see a few companies beginning this initiative. If the govt. really wants to make Active safety features mandatory, then it will involve a great deal of road tests and development done locally. But for Tata or rather any manufacturer of a similar scale, this is more of a showcase. Automotive suppliers like Continental, Bosch, Valeo etc are pretty well established in this business and they can provide any manufacturer ready to use ADAS systems based on the need and the amount of features required. There is a huge gap between a prototype and a road worthy system and this is not easy to achieve compared to approaching a supplier. It will also turn out to be far cost efficient that way.

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In addition to what audioholic mentioned, the Indian government won't allow driverless cars in India for the few decades as 'driver' or 'chauffeur' is still a very common profession. So, there are no incentives to develop the system for chaotic traffic conditions for the next couple of decades.

I'm in my mid-20s and I think I'll never see a self-driven car in India in my lifetime.

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It will give Indian researchers the ability to work in these fields in their own country rather than having to move abroad because of lack of opportunities here. It will draw expats here who will contribute to the scientific community
High time our country starts doing this in the next 5 years.
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While this is amazing for Tata, and it's good to know that our desi company is at the cutting edge of this field, I wonder why such development centres can't be based in India?
Simple reason = That's where Jaguar-Land Rover is based . Tata will simply cut-copy-paste the technology for its cars (if & when the need arises).

You could say that Jaguar-Land Rover has made Tata Motors "future proof". All car manufacturers are worried about the changing automotive landscape. That's why we saw:

- Maruti tying up with Toyota (Maruti or Suzuki alone could never develop that kind of technology).

- Mahindra tying up with Ford (Ford internationally is investing big time into self-driving tech, car sharing, electrified cars etc.).

- Honda partnering with GM (link)! This would have been unimaginable even 5 years back.

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Another thing to consider is that it is easier to complete the testing of autonomous cars in the UK than India as there is less bureaucracy and restrictions.
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