Interview: We expect autonomous mobility with and without hydrogen — Capgemini, IIT Dhanbad

Technology is playing an increasingly important role in the automotive industry and its importance is only emphasized when companies like Capgemini work with leading institutions like the IIT Dhanbad to constantly develop and keep the automotive industry at the cutting edge of technology. The modern automotive world has evolved from trying to compete with one another into a partnership to create and innovate together.

To better understand what a leading multinational IT services and consulting company is doing in partnership with a leading technical institute in the automotive industry, Express Mobility spoke to Nisheeth Srivastava, Chief Technology & Innovation Officer, Capgemini, and Professor Rajiv Shekhar – Director IIT [ISM]Dhanbad.

About the reason for working with the IIT: “If we develop new things in any organization, it will be foolish not to involve the collective intelligence of the outside world. In India we are working with IITs, with IIMs, with ISCs etc. on a range of things from quantum technology to deep tech to innovation, design and digital transformation. Globally, we also work with Stanford, for example at the Digital Economy Lab and MIT,” said Nisheeth.

He added, “This is the spirit of collaboration and innovation that we aim to bring, not only to nurture our talent within Capgemini and for that of our customers, but also to bring the industry perspective to the academic institutions, faculty and Am.” The most important thing for me is the social responsibility towards the students, so that the students become more fit for the future and all that.”

Highlighting the opportunities for collaboration between IIT and Capgemini, Professor Rajiv said: “Let’s put it this way: India is always striving to become a superpower and you can only be a superpower if you are a technological superpower, I mean, this is one of those essential ingredients. That is why we at the IIT are gradually shifting the focus from publications to product development.”

He added: “And one of the problems we’ve had in implementing blockchain and machine learning algorithms is that a lot of us know the basics, but the problem here is that academics in India live in such an isolated atmosphere, We don’t know what the needs of the industry are.”

Regarding the collaboration and its future for the automotive industry, Professor Rajiv is confident that the way forward for mobility will be electric. He said: “The bottom line would be electric mobility with batteries running on hydrogen. And we expect mobility to be autonomous, I mean autonomous electric mobility with and without hydrogen.”

Numerous things have to be integrated in an electric vehicle, e.g. B. Sensors, LiDAR, the amount of current passed to the motor, etc. that require hardware integration. Professor Rajiv said: “If you look at a car, it’s a very complex unit with multiple components, electrics, electronics, computers, metallurgy, mechanics, everything, now that integration is a very complex object.” He added: “And For example, what we did with Capgemini is that we tried to bring a model-based systems engineering onto the same platform, a product lifecycle management software.”

“The other thing, for example, our projects with Capgemini, is on-demand forecasting of vehicles — what might the demand for a vehicle be based on the state of the economy, GDP, inflation, car sales, car sales of the Competitors, number of test drives, etc. The third thing then was the electrical battery management systems in vehicles.” This way users know how much charge the battery has and which charging station is nearby. The two are also working on wireless charging stations that charge electric vehicles on the go.

Given the current scenario, there are a few ways to run electric cars in everyday life. Regular charging, quick charging and changing batteries have not yet made it into the four-wheeler segment. About this Nisheeth said: “There is no one size fits all situation. These are only very preliminary technologies. Many new opportunities will arise.” Nisheeth believes that there will be so much change in the next 10 years that the methods we use today may no longer exist.

As with any change, implementing new technology brings with it a number of challenges. This is an area that IIT is trying to overcome. “It’s not just about e-mobility, it’s about how we can instill an entrepreneurial mindset and innovate in our faculty and students. I see my faculty peers enjoying doing experiments in the lab and figuring out new things, but when it comes to scaling, we fall for it, that’s a problem in the country,” Professor Rajiv said.

He added: “There is a feeling that we need to instill in our faculty and our students. We need to inculcate and innovate an entrepreneurial mindset, not in terms of starting a business, but in terms of how you look at a problem.” He points out that most of the time in India we are trying to catch up and with that We are 20 to 30 years behind in technology.

Professor Rajiv offered his take on clean versus connected mobility, saying, “Obviously it has to be a combination of both.” He added, “If it’s clean but not connected, it’s a good start but halfway done,” Nisheeth said However, “Connectivity is absolutely necessary, but if you don’t have clean energy, you don’t have a planet to ride on it.”

Capgemini has invested heavily in clean and sustainable energy over the years, not just in India but globally. Nisheeth added: “Clean energy, clean computers, clean management, everything related to emissions, we track it down to the last carbon.”

Capgemini announced last year that it would transition to an all-electric fleet by 2030, purchasing only hybrid and electric cars and vans for its 12,000-vehicle corporate fleet. According to Capgemini’s projections, the EV sales market is expected to reach about 29.5% of all new vehicle sales in 2030, up from about 3.4% in 2021. This would also drive sales to increase to 4.7 million 2030 from just over 500,000 in 2022 . Interview: We expect autonomous mobility with and without hydrogen — Capgemini, IIT Dhanbad

Chris Barrese

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