Pune: “A whole system approach in mobility transportation is being developed in the country now. India, in the Global Conference on Traffic Safety in Brazil, has committed to reduce the number of road accidents and fatalities by 50 per cent by 2020 by improving safety, efficiency and sustainability in the transport sector,” said Rashmi Urdhwareshe, Director, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI), while giving a lecture on ‘Future Trends in Automotive Technology’, at CSIR-National Chemical Laboratory (CSIR-NCL) on National Technology Day on May 11.
She said, “We should come together to encourage the use of current safety equipment for the passive and active safety.”
Throwing light on the Indian auto industry, she said, “India is the largest truck manufacturing country, second largest bus manufacturer, third largest heavy truck manufacturer, fifth largest passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle manufacturer and largest gear market for the entire world.”
“Addressing the environmental challenges is also crucial. A complete integrated approach has been adopted, which includes clean air, thermal policies and rural public infrastructure to promote environment cleaning, fuel and energy management, regulations and standards,” she added.
She said that several vehicles are already running on roads, making pollution a major issue today. Mitigation strategies are required for the problems faced in the transportation sector.
She also spoke about different vehicle technologies that focus on fuel efficiency improvement through powertrain engineering. She also informed about the possible alternative fuels that can be used in vehicles for transportation.
She added that research is going on to protect lives of people on one hand and on increasing the speed of vehicles on the other hand. She also talked about the efforts made for smart structure technologies, electric motor and battery development.
Earlier, Prof Ashwini Kumar Nangia, Director, CSIR-NCL, welcomed the audience and introduced the speaker. Following the lecture, a meeting was held to discuss the mutual research interests of ARAI and CSIR-NCL.
The agenda of the meeting was to identify key areas where the unique expertise of ARAI and CSIR-NCL could be integrated to develop collaborative research programmes.