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American author and cartoonist Scott Adams is attributed to the statement ‘Technology will definitely solve all our problems, but in the process it will create brand new ones. But that’s O.K. because the most you can expect from life is to get to solve better and better problems’.

As the automotive industry evolves, in a manner like never before, there are totally new technology offerings that promise to redefine mobility. Autonomous Driving (AD), and the ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) pave technology path to it, for example.

Warming up to autonomous trucking

When it comes to ADAS, we usually think of cars getting those cool features like AEB, LKA etc. But trucking could benefit too from the emerging technology suite. While it can contribute to safer trucking, and also lower emissions, AD technology can also help tackle the driver shortage challenge which is a global challenge. Find out in the following story how and why Scania, part of the Volkswagen-owned Traton Group, is driving towards autonomous transportation.

Read More: Scania accelerates deployment of autonomous hub-to-hub transport

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Hot trend, cold IIHS results

As the ADAS trend gets hotter this year, more OEMs are set to put them in more models. In India, ADAS is a relatively new trend, and a strong brand differentiator too. In the USA, in what also is a little surprising, ADAS features didn’t quite impress the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), ‘an independent, non-profit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing deaths, injuries and property damage from motor vehicle crashes’.

14 systems were tested from the ADAS suite, installed in models from some of the biggest names. Here’s how they fared, and what some of the OEMs involved reacted.

Read More: Most automated driving systems are lousy at making sure drivers pay attention, insurance group says

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AI’s influence in the journey to AD

The global ADAS trend is also expected to pave the way for AD to become a part of the driving environment in regions globally. In that journey, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has a crucial role to play. And, more so for generative AI. Learn about it, and more about driverless car technology development, from Sven Lanwer, XC expert and head of the Driver Experience, Bosch, in the following interview with ETAuto’s Deepanshu Taumar.

Read More: Development of autonomous cars is steadily progressing with AI as an accelerator, says Sven Lanwer, XC expert from Bosch

‘World’s first’ composite ladder chassis

Electrification, the other global megatrend, is also pushing the technology boundaries of lightweighting, an ‘evergreen topic’ in the automotive industry. Every gram saved has a positive bearing on the driving range of an EV, which means saving many kilograms can help address driving anxiety and also lead to better adoption rate of EVs.

As disruption and innovation become the name of the game in the industry, perhaps more so in the startup space, here’s a startup, founded by two former ISRO engineers, which plans to get a share in the small commercial vehicle (SCV) market. Its key pitch will be what is claimed to be the world’s first composite ladder chassis, a technology that may also be licenced out. Details in the story below.

Read More: Ex-ISRO engineers’ E-LCV startup leans on lightweighting tech to take on heavyweights

More plastics to replace metals

It’s not only EVs, even ICE vehicles have to be lighter, even after decades of shedding weight, to meet increasingly stringent emission norms, and also to compensate for additional weight from new technologies. Replacing metals with plastics is a move many OEMs have taken for some components like fenders, tailgate, fuel tank ec.. There’s more to come under that trend. More in the following story by Syed Shazil Hussain.

Read More: Plastic CNG tanks and car doors: A shift in India’s automotive paradigm?

Carbon neutrality in motorsport, and track to road tech transfer

Carbon neutrality in motorsport sounds paradoxical, doesn’t it? But Formula E claims to be having a carbon-neutral journey over the past 10 years of its existence. The Championship, started with the objective of also being a “technology laboratory”, is witnessing some transfer of technology from the electric race cars to the EVs driven on roads. Find out more about it, and what Formula E does to remain carbon neutral, in this latest episode of Target Net Zero featuring Julia Pallé, VP – Sustainability, Formula E.

Watch the full interview at: How Formula E is pushing sustainability, and EV technology development

The environment has to be cared for like never before, and the same goes for the focus on technology and innovation in this new era. However, a judicious mix of both is crucial for great achievements.

It’s our pleasure to present another packed technology-focused newsletter to you. Please do share your feedback and suggestions on [email protected].. We eagerly look forward to receiving them.

Have a safe journey, every time!.

  • Published On Mar 13, 2024 at 05:42 PM IST

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