SIAM hosts its 9th Lecture on ‘Navigating towards Connected Mobility’ on a virtual platform

Mumbai, January 25th , 2021: The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) conducted its 9th lecture on ‘Navigating towards Connected Mobility’, on a virtual platform. It encompasses the emerging landscape of smart micro-mobility and reality of autonomous driving including emerging landscape of connected vehicles for attaining safer roads and accident-free mobility.

The panel comprised of industry veterans, including the likes of Mr Jan Lühmann (Regulatory Affairs Coordinator, Volkswagen AG), Mr Abhishek Gupta (Global ‘Automotive’ and ‘Mobility X’ Research Lead (Accenture Research) Accenture Growth & Strategy, Accenture), Dr Nagendra R Velaga (Associate Professor, Transportation systems Engineering Civil Engineering Department, IIT-Bombay), Mr Aurindam Bhattacharya (Group Leader (IoT), C-DOT), Dr Veneta Vassileva (Safety Manager, ACEM -The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers), Mr Antonio Perlot (Secretary General, ACEM – The European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers), Mr Navid Talib (Chairman, SIAM Connected Vehicle Group & Plant Operations Head – Honda Cars India) and Mr Prashant K Banerjee (Executive Director SIAM).

The sessions delved into topics such as, acceptance and preference for Connected and Micro Mobility in international markets, vis-à-vis the domestic market scenario. The lecture series also brought to light that the Indian consumers today are not only preferring vehicles having connected features but are also ready to pay a premium to avail such features, if given a choice.

While the participants recognised the fact that although automobile are becoming smarter by the day, many experts still believe that achieving a complete autonomous and connected mobility in India is going to take longer than what was earlier anticipated. All participants consensually agreed to the fact that the necessary road infrastructure, technological and IOT ecosystem needs to developed to fast track the transition towards connected mobility.

The panellists shared their valuable insights on the following Topics:

  1. The Reality of Autonomous Driving
  2. ITS India – Challenges & Opportunities
  3. Emerging Landscape of Connected Vehicles in Europe
  4. Emerging Landscape of Micro-mobility

Speaking at the occasion, Mr Prashant K Banerjee (Executive Director, SIAM), said, “Keeping in view Indian consumers growing demand for connected vehicles, the country is poised to become of one of the first few to fully adopt connected mobility in the future. India is also currently one of the biggest automotive markets in the world. One must also consider that along with other various benefits, connected vehicles would also help reduce the number of road fatalities, which has been one of the key focus area for the government, as well as of SIAM, over the past few years. However, for a holistic transition towards connected and autonomous mobility to take place, technological advancements are not enough. Major up-gradations in highways and city road infrastructure to support connected mobility are equally important.

About SIAM:

The Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) is a not-for-profit apex national body representing all major vehicle and vehicular engine manufacturers in India. SIAM works towards supporting the sustainable development of the Indian Automobile Industry with the vision that India emerges as the destination of choice in the world for design and manufacture of automobiles. It also works towards facilitating enhancement of the competitiveness of the Indian Automobile Industry, reducing the cost of vehicles, increasing productivity, and achieving global standards of quality.