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June 10, 2022 Friday 08:00:40 AM IST

IIT Hyderabad -ICAT MoU for Collaboration in Autonomous Navigation

Leadership Instincts

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the DST NMICPS Technology Innovation Hub on Autonomous Navigation (TiHAN) at IIT Hyderabad (IITH) and the International Centre for Automotive Technology (ICAT) for collaboration in research and development in the emerging field of autonomous navigation. By combining the organization’s strengths and capabilities, this partnership will support the innovation ecosystem, skill development, and entrepreneurship activities in the field of autonomous navigation systems. TiHAN-IITH and ICAT will collaborate to pool their technical expertise, infrastructure, expertise, and experience in the field of technological advancements.

“MoU signing between TiHAN-IITH and ICAT is a wonderful moment which has initiated a long-standing partnership between the organizations. The motto of IITH is Inventing and Innovating in Technology for Humanity, and TiHAN, which has been established with the vision of supporting activities related to Autonomous Navigation, is a feather in the cap of IITH. TiHAN Testbed is a state-of-the-art facility and the first of its kind in the nation for testing and validating different use cases of autonomous vehicles. Our association with ICAT will be a game-changer and will help both TiHAN and ICAT grow significantly together and for the nation”, said Prof B S Murty, Director, IITH.                

“The area of focus of TiHAN is a very important subject for the automotive industry currently. Autonomous vehicles are being talked about globally, and levels of autonomy are being implemented in Indian vehicles as well. ICAT is a flagship initiative under the Ministry of Heavy Industries and is focused on developing world-class infrastructure for full vehicle development, automotive testing, and certification. However, there is a void in creating an ecosystem for research and development to deliver services for generating IPs, innovation with Industry -academia collaboration, etc. ICAT is already developing an  Incubation centre where the space and services will be provided to entrepreneurs for automotive development and testing. Academic courses in collaboration with IITH and ICAT can also be looked into under this agreement. Though this is a small step, if there is a will and wish, this association can make big ideas possible, beneficial to industry and academia. ”, said Ms Pamela Tikku, Director, ICAT.

Explaining TiHAN- IITH efforts in Autonomous Navigation, Prof P Rajalakshmi, Project Director, TiHAN-IITH, said, “The collaboration would not have been possible without the support and guidance of Prof Murty and Prof Mohan, Advisor-Innovation & Translational Research, IITH. TiHAN at IITH is working towards the vision of being the destination of next-generation mobility solutions providing a collaborative research platform for academia, industry, and R&D labs at both national and international levels. We look forward to timely and relevant collaborations and joint research initiatives with ICAT.”

Speaking about ICAT and future collaborations with TiHAN, Mr Ankit, Manager -Powertrain and Lead ICAT Incubation and Acceleration centre, “Under ASPIRE, ICAT has taken a great initiative of implementing the interventions under the Capital goods scheme of Ministry of Heavy industry for reducing the import into the country. Autonomous navigation is going to have widespread applications across the domains where ICAT and TiHAN can synergize and collaborate. ICAT being a neutral entity and an active contributor to the regulatory framework of the country can seek and facilitate necessary interventions so that the products developed are not only market-ready but can also ensure compliance with the regulations of the country and reduce reiteration of work. Future collaborative works between ICAT and TiHAN  include webinars, training and capacity building programs, startups, and design challenges for problem statements from the industry as well as the ministry.”