Pune: Industry experts have pointed out that the future of mobility will be all about smart and sustainable mobility solutions. The experts had gathered for a panel discussion at the India Altair Technology Conference organised in the city on Friday.
Speaking at the event, Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), said that collaborative efforts will be required to achieve sustainable mobility.
“We have signed the Brasilia Declaration, which shows our commitment to reduce the number of deaths caused due to traffic accidents to half by 2020, but we are far from bringing it into reality unless we look for sustainable mobility solutions. Look at the pollution levels in different cities. We need clear air to breathe and so we are designing policies for vehicle emission levels,” added Urdhwareshe.
The ARAI director added that vehicle technology and fuel technology is evolving towards sustainable mobility solutions and there is a need for development in the field of sound engineering to bring down the noise level of vehicles.
Speaking about electric vehicles, Prahalada Rao, Head, Business Planning and Strategy Management-Automotive, Mahindra and Mahindra Limited, said that Europe and China constitute about 75 per cent of electric vehicle users and so there is scope for electric vehicles in India. “To promote sustainable mobility solutions in India, there is need for government policies, controlling price factor and creating infrastructure facilitating such mobility solutions,” added Rao.
Ravindra Kharul, Chief Technology Officer, Endurance Technologies Limited, said that for providing future mobility solutions, tier one companies will have to evolve so that they continue to supply components to original equipment manufacturers. “We need to understand that we do not have to provide a product to the customer, rather we have to solve his problems. Simulation will be crucial in designing smart mobility solutions,” added Ravindra.