IIT-Delhi established to contribute to India and the World through excellence in scientific and technical education and research. MG Motor India is a fully-owned subsidiary of China’s largest carmaker SAIC Motor Corporation. Recently, MG Motor India and IIT-Delhi announced a partnership to develop a car with technologies and applications to boost in-car child safety.
As per reports, under the partnership, a team of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-Delhi) is working on a project to develop an application for geofencing for child safety through ECU control. The application will enable owners of upcoming MG cars in India to track and alert whereabouts of their children while traveling in a car, including their entry and exit as well as their seating position in the vehicle/ It will also alert users if the car is driven beyond a pre-defined route map.
Rajeev Chaba, MG Motor India President & MD said “MG Motor India continuously looks at providing a platform to innovators, students and start-ups to develop technologies and features for our upcoming cars that will be produced in India.
This project has been conceptualized to fast track realization of better child safety mechanisms in cars. IIT-Delhi engineers will also conduct research and development activities to explore other car features that enhance child safety”.
MG Motor India is slated to launch its first vehicle in the country in the second quarter of 2019. This team will build up an application which is helpful for parents who send their children to school and other activities via chauffeur-driven cars. The tech will allow the parents to check about the whereabouts of child/ children including their entry, exit into the car.
They can also keep a check on their sitting position whether front seat or back seat, whether they are sitting with the seat belt or not. Children under a certain age and size are safer if seated in the rear seats, preferably in a child seat. Through this app, parents can check and track the car and route alsp. They will get alert if it goes off a predetermined route.
MG Motor and the IIT team are also in the process of developing more in-car safety tech, details of which will be released in the near future.
Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Anil Wali, MD of FITT, said: “IIT Delhi has been committed to developing the latest technologies in close collaboration with the leading industry players. We are glad to partner MG Motor India to research and develop applications to enhance in-car child safety, which is the need of the hour.”
MG Motor India had recently launched ‘MG Drives Innovation’, a program designed to identify, nurture and support innovations in auto-tech and mobility solutions. The “MG Drives Innovation” program, launched in collaboration with TiE New Delhi received over 200 entries from startups in auto-tech, transportation, mobility and related fields.
“MG Drives Innovation” is an on-going program and not just an event. The goal is to support innovators and startups with innovative solutions, ideally with the objective of co-creating solutions that impact mobility, transportation, and the auto-tech sector.