SAEINDIA upbeat on bringing in innovative technologies for safe, green and connected vehicles

Globally the automotive industry is being shaped by developing markets and India has taken centre stage with its offerings for frugal engineering and comprehensive automotive ecosystem. As part of its plan to address the the increasing needs of the Indian auto industry, the Society of Automotive Engineers India (SAEINDIA), India’s largest automotive fraternity and knowledge base and an affiliate of SAE International, USA, today announced SIMCOMVEC – 8th SAEINDIA International Mobility Conference and first Commercial Vehicle Engineering Congress to be held at Chennai Trade Center, Nandambakkam from December 4 – 7, 2013.

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According to a statement issued by SAEIndia, SIMCOMVEC will focus on ‘Technologies for Safe, Green and Connected Vehicles’. The four day conference brings together innovative minds from the automotive community across the globe to congregate and exchange ideas on recent advances for Emissions in Commercial Vehicles, Alternate Fuels and Powertrain, Emerging Trends in Electronics and Vehicle Connectivity, Advanced Manufacturing Methods, Opportunities and Challenges in Mass Transportation and Skill Development for Employability, to name a few.
On this occasion, luminaries from Indian Automotive Industry such as Srivats Ram, SIMCOMVEC Steering Committee Chairman (Managing Director, Wheels IndiaLtd), Dr R Mahadevan, Ex-President SAEINDIA (Director, India Pistons Ltd) and Dr Aravind Bharadwaj, SIMCOMVEC Steering Committee Member (Head – TPDS, Mahindra Research Valley, M&M Ltd) unveiled the conference theme.
First event
This is the first ever event being organised in India which is presenting a platform for synergy in technologies for commercial vehicles and personal mobility. The highlight of SIMCOMVEC is the impressive line-up of International and Indian experts including Donald Hillebrandof SAE International, Vinod Dasari of Ashok Leyland, Randy Clark of Michelin, Bharat Vedak of John Deere, Donald Schulte of Paccar, Tom Stower of Eaton, Walter Lucas of AVL, and Joerg Leutzner of Continental, besides K Rajaraman of Chennai Metro Rail, Dilip Chenoy of National Skill Development Corporation, Nitin Gokarn of NATRIP and Sarangarajan of Hyundai.
Ram point out: “The automotive industry is evolving technologies driven by the changing consumer requirements to be green, connected and safe. While SAE India has been conducting a biennial automotive mobility conference for a number of years,this year, for the first time at SIMCOMVEC 2013, we are proud to bring an engineering conference that covers not only the car industry but also the commercial vehicle and off-highway segments. We expect that such conferences that cover all spectrum of mobility will become increasingly relevant to the development of our industry and country in the future”.
Humungous demand
There is a humungous demand for mobility solutions in India. Innovative vehicle design concepts will lead the way as the consumer demands sustainability and ergonomically designed vehicles. Global automotive majors are also looking at India to leverage it for cost- efficient engineering. With the number of cities growing in India, there is a demand for seamless network that is safe and fuel efficient. The entire value chain of the auto industry will need to innovate on new technologies to make electric vehicles and alternative fuel more affordable to customers.
Dr Mahadevan said: “The Auto Component Industry in our country has  played a significant role in making India a preferred and low-cost hub for design and manufacture of quality parts in  the APAC region. In the context of the sluggishness we are witnessing in recent times, it becomes necessary to revisit our strategy with increased thrust on localisation and adoption of new and cost effective technologies in areas like emission, safety and comfort”.
Platform
SIMCOMVEC will provide a platform to review the industry needs and discuss innovative solutions that potentially will pave the way for regaining growth. Dr Bharadwaj concurred: “Indian customers have always been receptive to experiment with new technology solutions.The convergence of IT, Electronics, and Communication technologies for Telematics solutions offers an excellent possibility to integrate these services into the vehicles and the industry is yet to fully explore this potential. Going forward Hybrid vehicles and fuel cell cars will assume greater importance in future and the Indian Government is giving an impetus and encouragement to these areas.  SIMCOMVEC will serve as a platform for exchanged learning and raise the bar for innovation, improved processes, and technology up gradation. In addition, it will also provide the Indian mobility community a great networking opportunity with global leaders in the automotive fraternity”.
The Society of Automotive Engineers, India  is  the largest group affiliated to SAE International, USA which is a 106 years old organisation founded by the Wright Brothers, Henry Ford  and the likes and having 1,20,000 engineers, business executives, educators and students as members from more than 120 countries. SAEINDIA has 32000 members. SAEINDIA is registered as a non-profit engineering and scientific society dedicated to the advancement of mobility industry in India.

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