During January to March 2003 the Office of the Principal Scientific Adviser - PSAO organized a series of high level discussions for enhancing Academia-Industry-Interactions, which led to the formation of a Core-group on Automotive Research (Core-Group) as an academia-industry interaction forum with a mandate to create a user-friendly database of scientists and to identify frontier technologies, so as to promote development of vibrant, world-class automotive systems, sub-systems & parts industry in India.
The CAR technology roadmap was published in March 2006, and is being kept updated.
Vision of CAR:
The vision is to enhance energy security, environmental quality, economic growth and establish a globally competitive transportation industry in India. Consultations were held with automobile manufacturers, Component manufacturers, senior academics and government departments. Representation from other industry segments are invited for CAR meetings. Six CAR Expert Panels functioned for a year (2004) to facilitate this consultation process. It was coordinated by TIFAC.
Functioning of CAR:
The programme is guided by CAR Programme Committee, which is an inter-ministerial mechanism for implementing the recommendations of Core-Group. The membership was nominated by Department of Heavy Industries (DHI), Department of Information Technology (DIT) and Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Office of the PSA (PSAO).
The effort will be guided by PSAO and the Department of Science & Technology, and will have the active participation of the sectoral ministries concerned with Heavy Industries, Electronics and Road Transportation. TIFAC, is the lead Programme Implementation Agency, and coordinates the implementation of most technology development consortia under CAR activity.
The R&D projects may be led by a public funded research institution and could be for
→ Pre-competitive R&D Consortium projects involving several agencies to overcome key barriers to implementing the technology,
→ Collaborative Prototype Development involving smaller number of agencies, to enable the testing & validation of a new technology or product, and
→ Directed Basic Research projects carried out by academic agencies
Participants in the projects are from:
Academia (National labs, IITs, Universities, )
Automotive companies (vehicle & component manufacturers),
Software companies and High-tech start-up companies
CAR Program Committee
The committee will help to develop a prioritized list of R&D programs and “white papers” on critical technologies, where intellectual property protection will enhance the position of industry. It will also evaluate, select and guide R&D programs in the automotive sector, to be conducted cooperatively between academia and industry. In this context, the committee may also recommend inter institutional collaboration, market surveys, study visits, and participation in international workshops for enrichment of the R&D programme.
Dr. P. Ramarao, Former Secretary, Deptt.of Science & Technology, Former Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad
Prof. S. Mohan, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore
Dr. D.V. Singh, Former Vice Chancellor, Roorkee University
Shri G.P. Srivastava, Director (E&I Group), BARC, Mumbai
Shri S.R. Marathe, Director, Automotive Research Association of India (ARAI)
Dr. G. Sundararajan, Director, International Advanced Research Centre for Powder Metallurgy and New Materials (ARC-I)
Dr. Surjit Mitra, Additional Secretary, Department of Heavy Industries
Dr. U.P. Phadke, Advisor & Group Co-ordinator, R&D in Electronics Group, Department of Information Technology
Shri Arvind Kumar, Adviser (Transport Research), Department of Road Transport & Highways
Shri Rao Aiyagiri, Department of Science & Technology
Dr. V. Sumantran, Executive Vice Chairman, Hinduja Automotive Ltd.
Dr. Pawan Goenka, President, Automotive Sector, Mahindra & Mahindra
Dr. Surinder Kapur, CMD, Sona Group & Chairman, CII Manufacturing Innovation Mission
Shri Ravi Pandit, CMD, KPIT-CUMMINS Software Ltd.
Shri S. Ravishankar, Sr. GM, Engineering Research Center, Tata Motors Ltd.
Representative of Office of the PSA to GOI
Executive Director, TIFAC
Member-Secretary: Shri S. Mubashir, Scientist `F’, TIFAC/ Department of Science & Technology]
Four Panels help the CAR Program Committee in preparing position papers as well as for identifying and evaluating suitable technology projects.
IC-Engines powertrain: To achieve reduction in fossil fuel consumption & to meet future emission norms. Improve the efficiency of IC engines & other powertrain components through better combustion, reduction of losses & optimization of performance at various speed & load conditions. Research the use of renewable alternate fuels. Develop new emission control technology
Electric & Hybrid Electric Propulsion: Develop enabling technologies for electric & hybrid electric & other alternate power-trains.
Advanced Materials and Manufacturing
New processing technologies: New fabrication & design techniques for optimal use of tailored material involving combination of light metal alloys, plastics, composites & surface modification, Better safety through design, Reduced costs through use of near-net-shape and powder metallurgy processes, & Explore new class of materials through focused R&D.
Advanced manufacturing technologies: Develop competency centers to help industry to integrate simulation into their development process, Research on new fabrication technologies (forming, machining, joining) for reduced cost, high productivity & process reliability, & Enhance the product design capability in India by adapting & developing rapid metal prototyping & rapid tooling practices.
Vehicle electronics & control systems: Embedded solutions to enable safe, reliable & highly fuel efficient vehicles. Advanced model based control strategies, optimized codes with minimum use of sensors and actuators to enable low costing. Robust and highly functional control-system components like micro-controllers, sensors and networks
Intelligent Transportation Systems: Innovative and easy to deploy ITS applications for India specific transportation needs, covering all classes of vehicles to enable efficient traffic management resulting in reduced traveling time, fuel consumption, air pollution increased safety. Through use of various wireless communication technologies, and their interfaces with sensor networks, hardware components, servers etc. Use of open standards leading to interoperability and scalability.
Other relevant initiatives like Testing & Evaluation Facility for Electronic Components etc.