India’s Journey Towards Self-Driven Automotives
“The advance of technology is based on making it fit in so that you don’t really even notice it, so it’s part of everyday life”
~ Bill Gates, Co-founder of Microsoft
The advent of technology has made life much easier for people across the globe. Be it the automatic gear or the stealth technology used by armed force, be it the development of the prosthetic arm or the IoT based thermal sensor or be it augmented reality (AR) based training systems or artificial intelligence (AI) based biomedical devices, technology has given us the immense power to transform realities, to access information, to analyze voluminous data and to take instantaneous action with a single click. Besides, it has also revolutionized the workflow, guided the thought process, and paved the way for a better future.
Today, be it any industry – from fintech to automobile, technological advancement has touched every field and domain, even the far-fetched. Not only on the international level, but also in our nation, the youth has been baton bearer and, in the present scenario, is working wonders with their innovations, tech-fuelled thinking process, and call for action motive. From automotive cars and autos to innovative fuel management techniques, there have been several stakeholders who are working day in and day out to integrate deep tech such as machine learning, deep learning, artificial intelligence, etc… with the conventional and/or not-so-new technology prevalent in the industries.
And so, in order to shed some light on the work being done within the national boundary, here are 3 start-ups who have led the tech revolution in India and are constantly working to empower the nation with technology and technology-driven techniques, especially in the automotive domain.
- Flux Auto
Self-driven cars have been introduced in the recent past by various companies like Tesla, Volvo, etc… but have you ever heard about self-driven trucks? If not, now is the time!
Founded in 2017 by Mr. Pranav Manpuria and Mr. Abhishek Gupta, this start-up works towards developing modular driverless trucks and democratizing self-driving tech for the same. With their research and development and prototype testing going fast-paced, this deep-tech start-up in Bangalore, fuelled by the power of AI, Robotics, Machine Learning, and Computer Vision, aims to facilitate features like cruise control, lane-keeping, collision avoidance, keeping a check on accidents, higher efficiency, amongst others in a much cost-effective manner. Not only this, the USP of this amazing 16-membered organization is that they are developing such an autonomous system without one of the major must-have components i.e., LIDAR.
- Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz
Ever seen a movie wherein everything is being controlled by robots? Ever been fascinated about how it would look if you possess a robot as your personal assistant? If yes, then Hi-Tech Robotic Systemz can help you live your dream.
With their goal to enrich the lives around by means of smart robotics, this Gurgaon based start-up is tirelessly working towards pushing India a notch higher in driverless automotive technology. Launching their first completely autonomous electric vehicle in 2016 at the Auto Expo Motor Show, they aim to integrate the various fields, that of sensor fusion, embedded systems, computer vision, motion planning, and mechanical designing, to churn out the best possible and affordable option an Indian can dream of. From Cloud-Based Intelligence to scaled-up emergency sensing, their vehicles have it all. Not only in the automotive sphere, but they have also marked their presence by empowering various sectors like biomedical, transportation and logistics, warehouse management, etc…
- Swaayatt Robots
Headquartered in Bhopal Madhya Pradesh, this tech start-up was founded in 2015 by an IIT Roorkee alumni, Mr. Sanjeev Sharma. Recipient of several awards like the 51 Most Impact Global Smart Leaders Award and the Top 40 Under 40 Data Scientist award, Mr. Sanjeev started this venture with the aim to enable autonomous driving on Indian roads, especially pertaining to congested roads and the unstructured environmental condition that are practicality dealt with, by every commuter in his/her daily life. Swaayatt Robots is known for using technology that enables self-driving vehicles to perceive their environments using off-the-shelf cameras. Besides, the in-depth research led the team to constantly work towards incorporating and integrating technologies like deep learning, computer vision, SLAM, and visual odometry to the existing ones, so as to enhance user experience as well as ensure greater safety of the driver. Covered by both the national and international media on several occasions, they have created a niche in deploying technology that works even in GPS denied environments and is capable of producing high-speed trajectories even in cluttered environments