September 2017 car sales in India: Model wise sales figures

India Car sales september 2017

Time and again it has been proved that none can beat Maruti Suzuki in the Indian auto industry sales. Almost in every segment that it is present it is the leader. Maruti succeeded in engraving such an impression on the Indian buyers’ minds such that every new launch from the company is accepted without an iota of hesitation(there are few exceptions like S-Cross & Ignis which are not selling according to the company’s standards). Look at their last few launches like Brezza, Baleno, Ciaz, and the facelifted Dzire, they are selling like hotcakes.

And Hyundai is another company which is consistently growing both in volume and value. Hyundai is one of the two companies which can comfortably overprice their products and yet sell them well. The other company is Toyota.

Mahindra’s portfolio is dominated by SUVs as they are basically an SUV company. The only sedan they sell is Verito which is nothing but a Renault Logan and the only hatchback is Verito Vibe which is derived from Verito. The company is having tough time in maintaining its leadership in the SUV segment as the other companies are strengthening their SUV portfolio.

Honda Cars India Ltd gave itself a new lease of life with the introduction of diesel engine to its portfolio, and then continued the sales momentum with the introduction of new models like BR-V and WR-V.

Tata Motors is striving hard to shed off their “niggles & bad service” image and is making a commendable progress in that direction with their new launches like Tiago, Tigor, & Hexa.

Toyota is riding high on its reliability image and cashing in on the customers. But the Innova Crysta has got a fair share of niggles and issues(check out thread1thread2 & thread3) which if not addressed appropriately might tarnish Toyota’s reputation.

Renault India is presently depending on two models Kwid & Duster. The company is looking forward to consolidate its product range to make way for the new launches.

Ford is another company(one being Tata) that is working on to shed off its negative(costly maintenance) image, and they are also progressing but at a slow pace. Figo & Aspire despite being good performers are not finding many takers due to the Ford’s legacy issues.

Thanks to Jeep Compass that Fiat India records an exponential growth.

Maruti Suzuki India September 2017 sales

With 49.4% market share Maruti Suzuki’s sales in September 2017 stood at 1,50,521 units which is 9.6% higher than the same period last year. The all new Dzire is moving off the shelves like hotcakes, its sales for this September stood at 34,305 units. Alto sales resumed to 23k plus mark after a brief fall for a couple of months. Baleno sales grew by 53% from 10,623 units in the last September to 16,238 units in September 2017. WagonR, though with slight ups and downs in sales is bringing in good numbers to the company due to lack of a proper competitor. Its sales this September stood at 14,649 units.

Vitara Brezza proved to be an immediate success to Maruti Suzuki and is consistently doing well. This month sales stood at 13,268 units. Soon to be updated Swift’s sales declined by 21% from 16,746 units in September 2016 to 13,193 units in this September. The aging Omni, is consistently selling well as it is addressing a group of people whom no other car in India is addressing.  Ertiga sales declined by 12% when compared to same month last year. Celerio though doing decent numbers, may see gradual decline due to the stiff competition from the Tata Tiago. Ignis is averaging around 4k units per month which is due to its premium pricing and oddball love or hate design. Ciaz did not actually displace the Honda city but expanded the segment as a whole. S-Cross sales ambled around 2k units since its introduction but this September sales plunged to 385 units as prospective buyers postponed their purchase and waited for the facelift.

Hyundai India September 2017 Sales

Hyundai Motor India Ltd(HMIL) entered India in 1996, their first car Santro was a runaway success. Within few months of inception HMIL became second largest car manufacturer in India. And it continued its hold throughout the past two decades.

Apart from the top selling trio i10 Grand, i20 Elite, & Creta, this month Hyundai got another top seller in the form of Verna. But we have to wait and see whether if Verna can sustain at 6k units/month mark or will decline after fading of initial euphoria. Eon sales grew by 14% from 4,504 to 5,144 units. Most of the Xcent sales are due to Ola , Uber, and the likes. Tucson sales this month stood at 86 units. Introduction of AWD might add slight boost to its numbers.

Mahindra September 2017 Sales

Bolero, Scorpio, and XUV 500 are the bread winners for Mahindra & Mahindra. Major chunk of Bolero sales are from rural areas and there is no competition to it in the rural markets, its sales are dependent on good crop yields. Mahindra’s Nuvo Sport came in as a replacement to Quanto and this too failed miserably, finding it on roads is a rare sight. Most people are even not aware that there is a vehicle called Nuvo Sport.

Mahindra is prepping up to launch a slew of new products. MPV U321 to take on Innova Crysta. A bigger version of TUV 300 called as TUV 300 Plus. An SUV code-named S201 based on Ssangyong Tivoli to take on Hyundai Creta.

Honda India September 2017 Sales

Honda City is continuing its hold despite competition from Maruti Ciaz and Hyundai Verna. Competition is heating up in the segment, all being strong contenders. This month Honda City found 6,010 new homes. Honda’s second best seller is WRV with sale of 4,834 units. Jazz settled at 3rd position after Baleno and i20 in the premium hatchback segment. Amaze, BRV, Brio, and CRV, sales of all them declined. Compact sedan segment is dominated by Dzire. Xcent and Amaze stood at 2nd and 3rd positions. Accord found 18 new homes.

Tata Motors september 2017 sales

Tata Motors impact design philosophy is showing off its positive results. All their new new launches are succeeding in making the necessary impact. Their transformation journey is also turning out to be positive. They are progressively breaking the bad image they have in the market. Tiago is received well by the market, its sales are gradually increasing owing to the word of mouth publicity by the happy customers. Its sales this month stood at 8,316 units which is 82% growth compared the same period last year.

Tigor and Hexa met with mediocre success, their sales this month stood at 1,770 units and 1,245 units respectively. Hexa sales are bound to grow further as it is also(like Tiago) gaining good word of mouth from the current users. Tata Motors is swiftly and appropriately addressing all the minor issues that are coming up, and this is helping them break their past baggage and reinforce good impression in the market.

Tata Motors entered into the compact SUV segment with the launch of Nexon. This month its sales stood at 2,772 units, most them are dealer cars for test drive purpose. We have to watch the sales in upcoming months to know whether the product is received well by the market or not. Tata Motors got many things right like entry-price, engines, interiors, & design et cetera. Tata is hoping that Nexon will help the company reach the third position in sales behind Maruti & Hyundai. All the best to Tata Nexon.

Tata Motors is preparing products to fill the void in its product portfolio. A premium hatchback code-named X451 based on the all new AMP(advanced modular platform) to take on the likes of Baleno and i20. A full size sedan to be positioned above Zest. Two SUVs Q501 & Q502 to take on Creta, Jeep Compass, and Fortuner. These SUVs will be based on Land Rover Discovery Sport platform.

With the upcoming launches and existing models gaining traction, Tata Motors is bound to grow further.

Toyota India september 2017 sales

Toyota’s bestseller Innova Crysta sales stood at 6,323 units. Toyota Fortuner’s sales stood at 2,185 units which is quite good for the 30lakh to 40lakh price bracket. Etios, Liva, and Liva Cross are not performing according to the segment standards. Their sales declined by 22% and 10% respectively, these numbers are from taxi segment buyers and Toyota brand loyalists. Landcruiser sales stood at 11 units which is not bad considering the hefty price it is asking.

Renault India september 2017 sales

Renault is wholly dependent on two models Kwid and Duster. Kwid though didn’t displace the segment leader Alto, it comfortably settled at second position. Renault India is trying to consolidate its existing portfolio before it introduces new products. Owing to miniscule sales Renault is discontinuing Pulse, Scala, Koleos, & Fluence. As Renault India is presently busy in launching Captur, they postponed the introduction of next-generation Duster.

Renault India is expecting to improve its domestic sales with the help of Captur crossover. But this might not happen as the company is caught by a Team-Bhp member while it was trying to cheat the Indian customers with the help of a deceitful advertisement. In the the advertisement it showed off awards of another car as its own awards(European Captur which is completely a different car based on different platform, everything is different except name and form). After it was caught, the company immediately pulled off the advertisement from its Youtube channel. This is in no way acceptable or forgivable as the company knowingly did this feat.

Ford India September 2017 sales

Ford India overall sales (domestic+export) declined by 36% from 22,590 vehicles in last September to 16,525 vehicles in this September. While the domestic sales declined marginally to a tune of 2.8%, it is the exports that declined massively from 13,572 units in 2016 September to 7,756 units in 2017 September. The company cites supply chain constraints as the cause for the sales decline in September. With new Ecosport launch ahead, the company hopes to improve its sales.

During September, the Mahindra Group and Ford Motor Company agreed to explore a strategic alliance, designed to leverage the benefits of Ford’s global reach and expertise, and Mahindra’s scale in India & successful operating model. The agreement between the two companies will allow each to leverage their mutual strengths during a period of unprecedented transformation in the global automotive industry. Teams from both companies will collaborate and work together for a period of up to three years.

Nissan Datsun India September 2017 sales

Datsun India and Nissan India together sold 5,003 vehicles in the month of September 2017. Datsun’s contribution to the total sales is 77.3% and the remaining 22.7% is from Nissan’s own portfolio. Sunny sales grew by 248% from 64 units to 242 units. Redi-Go, Go+ , and Micra are the top three contributors. Redi-Go is not selling as good as its sibling Renault Kwid.

Volkswagen September 2017 sales in India

Volkswagen India domestic sales grew by 17.2% from 3,929 vehicles in the last September to 4,603 vehicles in September 2017. Polo , Ameo and Vento are the top three contributors for Volkswagen’s domestic sales. The trio’s contribution to total sales is 96.5%. The newly launched Tiguan managed to find 120 takers which is not bad considering its premium pricing and Volkswagen’s small dealership network.

Fiat Jeep India september 2017 sales

Fiat India model range constituting Punto, Evo, Abarth, & Linea is good but their sales are very poor owing to the lack of proper service support from the company. Introduction of Jeep Compass restored the company back to life. Otherwise Fiat also have to quit India like GM did as their only source of income from 1.3 litre diesel engine is also at danger. Jeep Compass found 2,151 takers this September and in August its sales stood at 2,020. Looks like Fiat got a winner in its hands.

Skoda India September 2017 sales

Skoda’s sales grew by 42.4% from 1,218 units in 2016 September to 1,735 units in this September. The only model from Skoda’s stable to bring in good numbers to the company is Skoda Rapid, its sales this month stood at 1,312 compared 744 units in the same period last year. That is a growth of 76%. The newly launched Kodiaq found 84 takers in September 2017. No doubt Skoda products are good but their service centers are tarnishing the company’s image to such an extent that it is reflected in the sales statistics.

Skoda dealers are stooping to such a low level that they are even selling fake/duped cars to customers. And the worst part is that the company is trying to support the dealer and his fraud. We must say not just the dealers but the company is stooping to lower levels. There are numerous other horror stories of Skoda. They should do fair business or should quit India. Before anything else like launching new products they should work on to improve their dealership experience and also should work to eradicate corruption done by their dealers.

Top 25 sellers of this month:

Top 25 selling cars India September 2017

 

Source: Auto Punditz

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Ridecell introduces the first complete autonomous new mobility solution with acquisition of Auro and the launch of the Ridecell Autonomous Operations Platform

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San Francisco, Calif – October 9, 2017 – Ridecell,™ Inc., the leading global platform for carsharing and ridesharing operators, today announced the acquisition of Auro, a California based developer of autonomous vehicle technology, in an all-stock transaction. Ridecell also announced the public availability of its autonomous operations platform which has successfully been used in autonomous pilot programs. With these two initiatives, Ridecell now offers the industry’s first complete autonomous new mobility solution that enables on-demand autonomous shuttle mobility service in low-speed, private-road settings.

The Auro acquisition will bring the expertise to accelerate the capabilities of the Ridecell autonomous operations platform. The Auro team will become the Ridecell Autonomous Driving Division. Ridecell will be able to extensively test its autonomous operations platform in real world environments through integration of Auro-enabled driverless shuttles in private road environments. Ridecell will continue to collaborate with autonomous leaders to apply the Ridecell platform to the world’s leading self-driving vehicles for automated management of operational tasks such as cleaning, refueling, and emergency response situations.

“The Auro acquisition and the launch of our autonomous operations platform represent the next phase of our strategy to provide a complete autonomous solution for Ridecell customers,” said Aarjav Trivedi, CEO of Ridecell. “We can now provide even more value for our autonomous customers and help mobility operators launch new carsharing, ridesharing, and on-demand shuttle services today that will accommodate the addition of autonomous vehicles without the need to change the underlying platform. The acquisition makes it possible to launch a proven autonomous shuttle service today in settings such as corporate and college campuses.”

Auro Acquisition 
Auro’s autonomous technology is the leading self-driving platform for low speed deployments. Auro partners with shuttle manufacturers to add self-driving capabilities to leading shuttle and neighborhood electric vehicle platforms. These shuttles can safely drive people around within campuses, theme parks, resorts, business parks, and retirement communities.

Private environments with low-traffic, low-speed roads provide the perfect setting for deploying autonomous vehicles today. Auro-enabled shuttles were among the first driverless shuttles put into daily operation on the Santa Clara University campus in California and have already provided safe transportation to thousands of riders.

“The technology behind Auro-enabled driverless shuttles, together with the Ridecell on-demand mobility platform, will help campuses and other private environments prove that autonomy can be an integral part of an urban transportation experience today, rather than just a short, fixed- route showcase,” said Nalin Gupta, CEO of Auro. “We are excited to join forces with Ridecell to make even bigger strides in autonomous new mobility.”

Auro was founded in 2013 by roboticists from Indian Institutes of Technology and Carnegie Mellon University, who have worked together on autonomous vehicles since 2011, and is backed by investors including Y Combinator and Motus ventures.

Ridecell Autonomous Operations Platform
Ridecell also announced the availability of its new autonomous operations platform. The platform is designed to automate vehicle and operations management for autonomous fleets.

The platform gives autonomous vehicle fleets the intelligence to manage their own operational tasks, in both routine and emergency situations. The platform can direct autonomous vehicles to operations depots for maintenance and route support vehicles to the autonomous vehicle for routine operational tasks such as cleaning as well as on-demand assistance in exceptional situations. The platform also automates vehicle access so service personnel are able to enter the vehicle. Additionally, the platform automates reporting for autonomous compliance and risk data.

Today’s announcement cements Ridecell as the leading new mobility company with a platform that scales from driven to driverless new mobility services.

About Ridecell:
Ridecell is on a mission to empower new mobility operators, including OEMs, car rental companies, auto clubs, cities, transit agencies, dealer groups, and private fleets to launch,expand, and maximize the utilization of their own ridesharing and carsharing services. Headquartered in San Francisco, the company provides an intelligent software platform that runs new mobility services, such as carsharing, ridesharing, and autonomous fleet management. End-to-end integration and automation accelerate time to market, enabling Ridecell customers to launch mobility services quickly, operate efficiently, and scale revenues as business grows. Founded in 2009, Ridecell has already processed over 20 million rides and rentals and has a team of more than 100 professionals in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia. The company now powers new mobility offerings, including BMW’s ReachNow, VW’s OMNI and AAA’s GIG Carsharing service. In addition, Ridecell powers dynamic shuttle services for campuses such as Georgia Tech, UC Berkeley, UCSF, 3M, and transit agencies like SouthWest Transit.

Source: Ridecell

Cummins to reveal electrified power technology for transit bus at APTA 2017

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COLUMBUS, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 6, 2017– Cummins will reveal electrified power technology for transit bus applications at the APTA public transportation show opening in Atlanta on October 9.

Cummins will display a new powertrain, configurable for either a full battery electric vehicle (BEV) or a range extended electric vehicle (REEV) incorporating a compact engine-generator. Cummins electrified power systems are ideally suited for integration into transit, shuttle and commuter buses enabling direct drive-by-wire continuous acceleration. With the bus operating in battery-only mode, the system achieves zero emissions at the point of use.

Enhanced energy storage for both the BEV and REEV systems is achieved using Cummins’ high-density battery enclosure, which are compact and modular allowing for both on-roof and chassis integration. Cummins’ unique design fits into existing bus designs.

Cummins’ proprietary control technology enables the zero-emissions bus range to be extended by optimally managing subsystems, allowing the charge of the battery to be extended. Operational flexibility is also improved with fast recharge capability using a plug-in connection, as well as options for en-route charging when a pantograph or charge plate infrastructure is available.

“The introduction of our new BEV and REEV systems will complement Cummins’ clean-diesel, near-zero natural gas and diesel-hybrid products to offer the broadest, most energy-diverse power portfolio in the bus industry. We are able to meet the needs of every transit route, every duty cycle and every emissions standard in the most cost-effective manner,” said Julie Furber, Executive Director, Electrification Business, Cummins Inc.

The standard-size Cummins battery enclosure provides a 70-kWh storage capability with up to 8 enclosure units (560 kWh) suited for installation within the BEV bus. This enables a zero-emissions range of up to 224 miles on a single charge, with an energy consumption of 25 miles per gallon diesel, which provides significant cost reductions.

Cummins REEV system has a battery pack of three enclosures (210 kWh) which can provide a zero-emissions range of up to 84 miles — a significant advantage over current hybrid bus capability. When the battery pack depletes to a low state-of-charge, the REEV system brings online a 150-kW (201-hp) engine-generator to recharge the batteries and continue operations with ultra-low emissions capability.

Compared to the standard diesel-powered bus, the REEV 4.5-liter engine is downsized by about 50 percent in terms of displacement and can achieve up to 10 miles per gallon, significantly lowering the carbon footprint. A power assist function is available from the battery pack whenever the system needs additional energy.

The REEV system’s ability to switch between shorter-range battery-only mode and extended-range generator mode allows transit authorities to geofence specific downtown areas by utilizing Cummins over-the-air connected technology. The REEV system also enables buses to travel significant distances beyond the city charging infrastructure.

“A key focus in the design of both our BEV and REEV systems ensures the electrified architecture is modular and adaptable to enable an easier technology transition for bus manufacturers,” said Brian Wilson, Cummins General Manager — Global Bus Business. “This allows transit authorities to continue using the same preferred bus models and retain fleet commonality.”

“The new systems will be expertly serviced and supported by Cummins’ distribution network the same way we currently provide 24/7 support for our diesel-, hybrid- and natural-gas-powered fleets. This is an important factor for transit authorities, because as they adopt new technologies they can count on Cummins to help with a transition to BEV and REEV technology,” added Wilson.

Energy Efficiency

The BEV and REEV systems incorporate the same traction motor and power electronics to deliver a continuous torque output of 1850 N•m (1365 pound-foot), eliminating the need for gear shifting and dramatically reducing powertrain noise. When the vehicle requires additional tractive power during rapid acceleration or while climbing gradients, the system can deliver an instant peak torque boost of up to 3400 N•m (2508 pound-foot) for a short period.

Both systems provide a continuous electrical output of 225 kW (302 horspower), increasing to a peak output of 350 kW (469 horsepower) when it senses the need for a power boost. The high-voltage system operates at a nominal 660V when battery state-of-charge is around 50 percent.

Battery energy storage levels are boosted on-route by accepting “free” energy recovered through regenerative braking. On a frequent stop/start bus duty cycle, this could contribute the equivalent of 20 percent to the total state-of-charge.

Electrical energy is also exportable from the Cummins system to all electric-powered accessories featured on the bus, such as e-power steering, e-HVAC, e-air compressors and e-cooling fans, adding up to a typical 25-kW (33-horsepower) load at any one time. The electrical supply from the Cummins system can be both low-voltage DC and high-voltage AC, helping to simplify the installation and lower the cost of the e-accessories package.

The same electronic control module used on the popular L9, L9N and B6.7 bus engines is adapted for use as the BEV and REEV system controller, offering familiar diagnostics and the connectivity that bus operators experience today.

About Cummins Inc.

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana (USA), Cummins currently employs approximately 55,400 people worldwide, and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 7,400 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.39 billion on sales of $17.5 billion in 2016.

Source: Cummins Inc

Cummins Inc launches parts.cummins.com , an online parts catalog

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COLUMBUS, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct. 6, 2017– Cummins Inc. (NYSE:CMI) today announced the launch of parts.cummins.com, an innovative approach to its online parts catalog. The new site allows users to search for parts information using any serial or part number available on their Cummins engine or component including Holset® turbochargers, Onan generators, aftertreatment solutions and Fleetguard® filtration solutions. Customers no longer need to visit multiple sites to research Cummins associated parts.

“Never before have you seen a consolidated open access parts catalog like this from Cummins. Parts.cummins.com was built to empower our customer’s success by finding the right part the first time, every time,” said Mike Champlin, Director of Aftermarket Information Management for Cummins.

Parts.cummins.com has been designed with Cummins customers in mind. Customers now have the ability to quickly identify the correct parts and create a pick list that they can share with any Cummins distribution partner, who can then accurately quote and fulfill their order through the Cummins global network of central warehouses and regional distribution centers. By providing customers the ability to accurately identify parts and having stock of those parts closer to the point of use; Cummins is helping get customers back to work as fast as possible.

Parts.cummins.com offers unique part details including engine system, sub-system, and individual part graphics. Part detail pages will also include part dimensions, alternative part options including supersessions, and applicable part related kits to ensure customers get all the parts they need the first time. Additionally, parts.cummins.com is mobile device ready for a responsive experience and easy navigation. The site is available globally at no charge and with no registration required.

In the coming months, additional features will be released including language translations and the capability to search by unique part attributes like dimension, saleability, voltage, flywheel rotation, thread pitch and more.

About Cummins

Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins currently employs approximately 55,400 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of approximately 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 7,400 dealer locations. Cummins earned $1.39 billion on sales of $17.5 billion in 2016

Source: Cummins Inc

Review: AutoTatkal an android app to speed up your tatkal booking process

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As we all know that tatkal ticket booking over the IRCTC platform is a race against time. Small mistake while filling the form, you will miss the tickets. Imagine if you have a chance to pre-fill the form details so that you will not make any mistakes and more importantly you can save few seconds of time which will increase your chances of getting a confirmed ticket. To help you do that there is an android application called AutoTatkal on the Google Play Store. Today we have tested the application whether if it is working smoothly or not and here is our experience.

What the application basically is?

The application basically is an auto-fill application with step by step navigation until you complete your booking process. The application will fill all the form details except where human intervention is necessary like in captcha etc. One can even pre-fill the payment details if they wish to and that is optional. To enhance the page loading speed , the application disables ads on the IRCTC website.

Problems faced while using the app:

  • The app forces you to select berth preference, there is no option to select “no preference” which can further boost your chances of getting a confirmed ticket.
  • UI/UX problem: the application takes you to the desktop website of irctc which is large for the mobile screen and so you have to painfully pan across the screen to get the work done. And this is quite irritating as the time saved in filling the form gets wasted here. Have a look at the screenshots below-

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Finally did I get the tickets?
No, the app got stuck at the payments step. Didn’t get the tickets for the train I am looking for. Immediately kept it aside and logged in from the computer. Luckily got tickets for another train. 

Will I try the application again?
No, this is tatkal booking, I can’t take chances.

Siemens to acquire TASS International, adding automated driving solutions to portfolio

  • Global provider of simulation software, and engineering and test services to further strengthen Siemens’ PLM Software automotive offering

  • Solutions aimed primarily at autonomous driving, integrated safety, advanced driver assistance systems, and tyre modeling

  • Combined offering provides unique fully integrated solution to front load the verification and validation of automated driving systems

Siemens will acquire TASS International, a global provider of simulation software, plus engineering and test services aimed primarily at the automotive industry, and focused on autonomous driving, integrated safety, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and tyre modeling. Based in Helmond, Netherlands, TASS International has developed a rich family of solutions that will further strengthen Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software portfolio, and add to its position as the leading supplier of ‘systems driven product development’ offerings for the global automotive industry.

“The automotive industry is a core focus for Siemens and our acquisition of TASS International is another example of our commitment to offer a complete Digital Enterprise solutions portfolio, enabling automotive companies to realize their digital transformation and fully benefit from all opportunities of digitalization” said Dr. Jan Mrosik, CEO of Siemens’ Digital Factory division. “TASS International is a proven leader in both integrated safety and autonomous driving, two fields of engineering that are increasingly important for the industry. By combining its strengths with Siemens’ PLM offerings, we are able to respond even better to today’s challenges in the automotive industry.”

With active safety and advanced driver assistance systems features increasingly becoming the norm in the automotive industry, the compelling trends of connected and autonomous driving vehicles set new requirements for virtual and physical validation and verification of automotive vehicles.

“The Siemens PLM Software portfolio offers a significant opportunity for TASS International and its customers to accelerate the development of safety-critical applications in the field of automated and connected driving. Our engineering and test services will reach a larger audience through the extensive Siemens global footprint,” said Jan van den Oetelaar, CEO of TASS International. “The integration of TASS International into the Siemens organization is expected to create a stable long-term environment and allow access to a vast knowledge base. This can help to build an integrated toolchain for verification and validation of complex automotive functions that should benefit both the automotive industry as well as government organizations worldwide.”

TASS International is focused on automated driving solutions and integrated (active, passive) safety, primarily for the automotive industry. With its PreScan software, car manufacturers, suppliers and government agencies can simulate complex traffic scenarios and virtually validate automated driving solutions and advanced driver assistance systems. With its leading Madymo software for occupant safety modeling, TASS International can simulate the impact of a car crash on the human body. TASS International’s Delft-Tyre software provides highly accurate tyre models for vehicle dynamics and ride and handling simulations.

TASS International’s simulation software will be combined with Siemens’ Simcenter portfolio of advanced simulation offerings, and its electronic design automation (EDA) solutions from the recently acquired Mentor Graphics organization. The combination will provide a unique fully integrated solution to frontload the verification and validation of ADAS and autonomous driving systems, providing Siemens with the world’s most complete systems-driven product development offering for autonomous vehicles.

Siemens will acquire 100 percent of the share capital of TASS International and integrate the business into its PLM Software business unit, which is part of its Digital Factory Division. TASS International has approximately 200 employees and has an annual turnover of €27m.  Closing is expected in early September 2017.  Both parties mutually agreed not to disclose the financial conditions of the acquisition.

About Siemens

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalization. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is a leading supplier of efficient power generation and power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2016, which ended on September 30, 2016, Siemens generated revenue of €79.6 billion and net income of €5.6 billion. At the end of September 2016, the company had around 351,000 employees worldwide.

Via: TASS International

Railways could go in for Metro-type entry/exit gates at some stations.

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Automatic fare collection barriers installed at Southern Cross Station in Melbourne Metcard. *Image for illustration only. Image source: Link

Indian Railway News

Planners are exploring the possibility of having an access control system, similar to the Metro network’s, to prevent fare-evaders from entering Mumbai suburban train stations.
In the suburban system, a ticketless traveller is only caught if asked by a ticket-checker. Also, ticket-checking is random and not round-the-clock.

World Bank officials recently met railway officials to brainstorm about having the system. Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) has appointed Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) as consultants to design an integrated ticketing system that will have a common smart card for all modes of transport in the city.

A Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) official said, “The consultants will carry out study of 12 stations, selected on the basis of high, medium and low footfalls during peak hours. The access control concept is challenging but can be implemented here.”
Metropolitan commissioner Sanjay Khadare said, “The consultant will look for ways to implement the access…

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