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CARS

CIET Automotive Research studio

CIET in association with ANCIT has launched India’s first Automotive Protocol Research Studio on January 27, 2021.

In a bid to build an ecosystem for Automotive Electronics Research and Development, Coimbatore Institute of Engineering and Technology (CIET) in association with ANCIT is launching CIET Automotive Research Studio (CARS) - India’s first Automotive Protocol Research Centre in Coimbatore. CARS will be an Industry Institute partnership cell bringing together researchers, students, industry, government and the community to build an ecosystem for Automotive Electronics Research and Development, says Dr.B. Kaarthick, CEO, CIET Technology business incubator

CARS was inaugurated by Mr.Srikanth KV, DGM, Ather Energy on January 27 through online. Dr.Chinnaraju, Director- CIET, Mr. Annamalai, Director - ANCIT presided over the function in the presence of key functionaries from CIET, ANCIT teams, students and various other stakeholders of the industry.

Objective of CARS

To create awareness among engineers, companies like HCL, Bosch, Tata that are looking build software for the automotive industry electronics control unit for CARS. Such companies can use students to build them and provide opportunities in the same field. 20+ startups in Coimbatore working on electrical vehicles are facing challenges to expand their boundaries outside. Build a CAN network protocol will help them to reach greater heights outside Coimbatore. CARS will also ensure that it will produce high quality engineers who can be readily deployed in the industry

Collaboration with ANCIT

Mr. Annamalai, Director of ANCIT said, India is filled with young population and we can do lot of services to the world. But where does this all start? This Initiative has finally come into shape after years of conversation and months of working and finally the day has arrived to announce about CARS. Anybody who enters the automotive industry now is the right time since conventional CARS, electric vehicles and self –driven CARS are catching up the market. Every Industry today is computerized; mechanical parts are replaced with innovative software. Electronic and mechanical engineers have the gap to fill in this market. ANCIT’s motive with CARS is to bridge this gap and bring them closer to the new automotive era.

There is a huge need for manpower and demand for good tools at lower cost in automotive industry. The complete automotive market is looking at India to meet their demands. So CARS is going to be an amazing innovation center and a game changer in automotive industry. CARS will mainly concentrate on automotive protocols, simulations, tools and testing. ANCIT will provide the required tools to the research studio.

CIET has shown tremendous support in terms if infrastructure, faculties and students. CIET students have supported 4 big industrial use cases, 5 successful startups for the past 18 months.

Chief Guest’s note

Mr. Srikanth, DGM at Ather energy said, this initiative would create a win-win situation for the college, students, faculties and automotive companies and will go a long way in shaping the student’s career in a better way. There are great opportunities for the students to work closely with companies like Ather energy, (which is known for its fast intelligent scooters & EV charging stations operating in all major tier 1 cities of India) and others to work on R & D/ POC projects in real-time.

Billion dollar industry

Briefing on the CARS initiative and the industry, Mr Kaarthik says that the Automotive Electronics Industry is a 4.7 Billion dollar industry growing at a CAGR of 4.7%.Within only a few years, the share of software-controlled innovations in the automotive industry has increased from 20 percent to 80 percent, and is still growing.

Forecasts claim that software will determine more than 90% of the functionality of automotive systems within the next decade; he added consequently, the impact of software on the customer and hence on market shares and competition will be enormous. This establishes software as a key technology in the automotive domain, he added

Throwing light on the cost-effectiveness of the program, Mr Kaarthik said cost of the tools is one of the major challenges, as each product has multitude of tools and the cost will vary accordingly. However, with the help of ANCIT, we at CIET, India’s first automotive research and development studio, will be able to provide resources, he assured.

Meanwhile, the CARS team will also be working closely with numerous OEMs and TIER 1 companies to build cost effective tools for ECU development and testing, creating unique opportunity for industry to explore collaboration with students to build PoCs for some of their future ideas.