Safe, environmentally-conscious, and smartly distributed transport is essential for a sustainable society. But is the Transportation & Mobility sector keeping up with the growing demands of the Indian populace? Are OEMs and suppliers using the tools required to drive sustainable product design and development?
In today’s dynamic economy shaped by the Industry Renaissance, sustainability takes on multiple dimensions – future needs, protecting business against changing customer expectations, and maintaining productivity via sustainable business models. This was our central theme at the 3DEXPERIENCE Forum 2019, held across Bengaluru and Delhi.
The Delhi edition took a closer look at ongoing trends and future possibilities in transportation & mobility.
During a plenary session titled “Mapping Sustainable Mobility – The Road Ahead,” Bharat Salhotra, MD of Ronmas India, spoke about the state of Indian transport today. “Urban India lags in public transport, with only 1.2 buses per one thousand people. Additionally, there is a reliance on fossil fuels like diesel – most state transport authorities are in the red,” he noted.
The Time is Now for Sustainable Innovation in Transportation & Mobility
As the country’s economic landscape transforms rapidly, our transportation needs are also in flux:
- Rail infrastructure is changing for the better, driven by high-temperature capable transistors that boost efficiency, next-gen semiconductors, and predictive asset maintenance, among other factors.
- There’s been a dramatic reduction in energy storage costs, making large scale production of solar and wind-based fuel more viable.
- Urban spaces are now moving towards shared mobility, using simulations to plan transport networks and applying AI to build autonomous, intelligent mobility systems.
- Electric vehicles are going mainstream, propelled by affordable battery technology, cost-efficient PV cells, and increasing solar capacities.
Visitors at the Delhi event could gain a hands-on understanding of one of the key trends in transportation: electric mobility. The E-Mobility Experience booth at the 3DEXPERIENCE Playground witnessed how the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform removes common challenges in electric vehicle manufacturing – from styling, engineering, and validation to operations, governance, and marketing. This paves the way for futuristic innovations such as connected and even autonomous vehicles.
Optimizing Transportation for Sustainable Outcomes: Expert Insights from 3DEXPERIENCE Forum
Olivier Sappin, VP, Transportation & Mobility Industry, Dassault Systèmes, started the discussion with his views on the future of mobility – he believes that transportation is on the road to becoming more connected, shared, and electric-powered. “Traditionally, car-makers have operated in silos. Each silo has its own solution and each solution has its own capabilities. However, can this be scaled to meet the needs of the future? Of course not,” he mentioned.
Enterprises can overcome this challenge via the strategic intervention of technology during the manufacturing process to break down these silos and introduce digital continuity. This can be accomplished via the strategic intervention of technology during the manufacturing process. Yogesh Deo, Chief Architect, Technology Solutions, Tata Motors, spoke on next-gen digital manufacturing in greater detail.
At Dassault Systèmes, we help OEMs, suppliers, policy-makers, engineers, and other stakeholders on the transportation & mobility value chain achieve digital continuity. Our 3DEXPERIENCE Platform can be used to seamlessly collaborate, validate the manufacturing readiness of vehicle variants, and streamline adoption. This was elaborated by M. Chandrasekaran, Deputy General Manager, Modular Business Program, Ashok Leyland, and one of Dassault Systèmes’ esteemed customers. Another customer in the industry, Pankaj Goel, Deputy General Manager, Tool Room, UNO MINDA, discussed his experience of using the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to digitize production processes as an auto-component supplier.
Finally, it is important to note that sustainability must impact both consumer and commercial vehicles alike. For instance, virtual manufacturing can aid innovation in large vehicle manufacturing, minimizing risk while ensuring sustained profitability. Rohit Shrivastava, Manager, Manufacturing Engineering, Volvo Eicher Commercial Vehicles detailed his views on this.
We were delighted to host this enlightening discussion with industry luminaries, disruptive specialists, and young professionals responsible for furthering the cause of sustainable transport in India. Dassault Systèmes thanks our guests for their invaluable inputs, and we are happy to have had you share this unique experience with us!