VOLVO AND INDIAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE TIE-UP FOR SMOOTH AND CLEAN TRANSPORT
An MoU in this regard was signed between Volvo Group India and IISc earlier this month that will allow IISc scientists and Volvo engineers to look at developing such a sophisticated communication system as well as video analytics. This will be facilitated through a scientifically elaborate method of vehicle movement on state and national highways, called ‘platooning’.
This method of vehicle movement – a new concept in India – is expected to save at least 20 per cent on costs, through significant reduction on fuel consumption and CO2 emissions, besides ushering in a more orderly manner of movement on roads.
It features a number of vehicles, moving one behind the other at high speeds, and coordinating via automated systems with sensors to allow mutual communication among vehicles as well as drivers to avoid collision.
The Volvo Group is already involved in developing systems in Europe wherein the same technology is being applied in driverless truck platoons. The concept of platooning is already accepted, although not yet implemented, in Europe; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA, is working on a driverless lorry platooning technology which can move at high speeds with vehicles just three metres The MoU, signed in the second week of December, will be initially for five years and would see the collaboration looking into a wide range of automotive technologies. The research will primarily focus on trucks which could subsequently extend to buses, construction equipment and marine applications.