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Tata moving forward with autonomous tech
Picture this: Tata's future models could benefit from some of the technology that it showcased at this year's Consumer Electronics Show (Tata Pixel concept pictuerd).
Indian giant Tata’s technology skunkworks shows its hand at CES
15 January 2015
TATA Elxsi, a design and technology services subsidiary of India’s US$100
billion-strong Tata group is making inroads into the world of autonomous
driving technology, displaying their wares at the world’s largest electronic
fair, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), in Las Vegas last week.
Hardware, firmware and software solutions for self-parking cars, infotainment
displays that incorporate wearable devices, app suites that tie consumer and
car together and secured gateway integration were just a few of the
technologies displayed by the company.
The Autonomous Valet Parking prototype not only relies on sensors to feed it
information on proximity and speed, but on video positioning (known as ADAS, or
Advanced Driver Assist System). Tata Elxsi developed both the tracking and
positioning system that is central to the car’s ability to park itself, as well
as to be summoned by remote when required.
Tata Elxsi is also working hard on an array of new automotive HMI (Human
Machine Interface) technologies that not only incorporate touch and voice, but
gestures, as well.
The team displayed its latest array of head units and infotainment screens that
were also capable of integrating with wearable technologies, such as Google
Software solutions on display included an array of car companion apps that are
compatible with all major mobile operating systems – many car companies are
aligning with either Google or Apple, but Tata Elxsi is keeping its options
Less sexy but no less important, the company is developing a secure gateway
protocol for use with mobile devices, using cryptographics to prevent the loss
or theft of data from a connected device.
The company’s new V2X (vehicle-to-vehicle-infrastructure) simulator was also on
display. This in-house-developed simulator allows technicians and engineers to
replicate real-world driving situations in the safety of the lab, thereby
reducing both development time and production costs.
It is unclear at this stage when this technology will roll out in the Indian
giant’s automotive line-up, but it has previously confirmed that it will
utilise platforms and tech from its subsidiary, Jaguar Land Rover.
Tata was one of a number of global automotive groups to show its tech
developments at this year’s CES, with Mercedes-Benz revealing its futuristic F
015 autonomous driving concept, while Audi also showed off advances it has made
in self-driving technology.
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