- MoU signed between TiHAN and ICAT for R&D collaboration on autonomous navigation verticals
- Joint offer of collaboration with industry to work in autonomous navigation using technical expertise and infrastructure
- Training and capacity building programs
- Start-up programs and design challenges, including challenges for industry and ministry problem statements
A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between DST NMICPS Technology Innovation Hub on Autonomous Navigation (TiHAN) at IIT Hyderabad (IITH) and International Center for Automotive Technology (ICAT) for collaboration in research and development. development in the emerging field of autonomous navigation. By combining the strengths and capabilities of the organization, this partnership will support the innovation ecosystem, skills development and entrepreneurial 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.
“The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between TiHAN-IITH and ICAT is a wonderful moment that initiated a long-standing partnership between the organizations. The motto of the IITH is Invent and Innovate in Technology for Humanity, and TiHAN, which was created with the vision of supporting activities related to autonomous navigation, is a feather in the hat of the IITH. TiHAN Testbed is a state-of-the-art facility and the first of its kind in the country to test and validate different use cases of autonomous vehicles. Our association with ICAT will be a game-changer and help TiHAN and ICAT grow significantly together and for the nation,” said Prof. BS Murty, Director, IITH.
“TiHAN’s area of interest is currently a very important topic for the automotive industry. Autonomous vehicles are being discussed around the world and levels of autonomy are also being implemented in Indian vehicles. ‘ICAT is a flagship initiative of the Ministry of Heavy Industries and focuses on developing a world-class infrastructure for comprehensive vehicle development, automotive testing and certification.However, there is a gap in creating an ecosystem for research and development to provide services to generate IP, innovation with industry-university collaboration, etc. ICAT is already developing an incubation center where space and services will be provided to entrepreneurs to automotive development and testing Academic courses in collaboration with IITH and ICAT may also be considered under this agreement. And yes, if there is a will and a wish, this association can make great ideas possible, beneficial to industry and academia. “, said Ms. Pamela Tikku, Director, ICAT.
Explain the efforts of TiHAN-IITH in autonomous navigation, Pr P Rajalakshmi, Project Director, TiHAN-IITH, said: “The collaboration would not have been possible without the support and guidance of Professor Murty and Professor Mohan, Innovation and Translational Research Advisor, IITH. TiHAN at IITH is working towards the vision of being the destination for next-generation mobility solutions providing a collaborative research platform for academia, industry and R&D labs nationally and internationally. We look forward to timely and relevant collaborations and joint research initiatives with ICAT.
Speaking of ICAT and future collaborations with TiHAN, Mr. Ankit, Manager – Powertrain and Lead ICAT Incubation and Acceleration center“Under ASPIRE, ICAT has taken a major initiative in implementing interventions under the capital goods program of the Ministry of Heavy Industry to reduce importation into the country. autonomous navigation is going to have extensive applications in areas where ICAT and TiHAN can synergize and collaborate. ICAT being a neutral entity and an active contributor to the country’s regulatory framework can research and facilitate the necessary interventions so that the products developed are not only market-ready, but can also ensure compliance with country regulations and reduce reiteration of work Future collaborative work between ICAT and TiHAN includes webinars, training and capacity building programs , startups and design challenges for industry as well as ministry issue statements.