has signed a collaboration agreement with leading Indian technology service provider L&T Technology Services
(LTTS) to build and deliver new generation engineering innovations in the automotive and manufacturing sectors.
Coventry University’s contribution is being led by the globally renowned Institute for Future Transport and Cities (IFTC), which conducts research in areas such as transport design, connected and autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity, electric vehicles and manufacturing technologies.
LTTS is part of conglomerate Larsen and Toubro Group
, which operates in more than 30 countries worldwide. The partnership will see research undertaken in autonomous mobility solutions and vehicle dynamics with the aim of strengthening LTTS’ technology capabilities for their vehicle manufacturers and component suppliers.
In particular, LTTS and Coventry University will collaborate towards developing technologies and manpower in the areas of software defined vehicles as applicable to autonomous vehicles, electric vehicle technologies and connected vehicles.
In addition, Coventry University will support LTTS employees to acquire advanced knowledge in the Automotive Technologies, Industry 4.0, Sustainability, 5G Technologies etc. enabling them to face the myriad challenges around technology upgrades.
Industry 4.0 encompasses the application of digital technologies into advanced manufacturing, allowing for improved processes by becoming more cost efficient, sustainable and agile.
The partnership is expected to deliver a number of positive outcomes - the joining of like-minded experts to research and develop new products, processes and services; the building of a talent pool that will impact local and global economies; and a working relationship that connects two global organisations to create change in the transport sector.
Professor Richard Dashwood, deputy vice chancellor (research) at Coventry University, said: “This partnership with LTTS underlines the university’s commitment to research with impact, directing the scope of our academic expertise to support the areas where we can make a real difference.
“As one of the world’s leading technology service providers, LTTS is a natural partner for Coventry University and I look forward to supporting this relationship as it grows to encompass all relevant themes within our research portfolio.
Professor Carl Perrin, chief executive of the Institute for Future Transport and Cities, Coventry University, said: “IFTC is proud to work alongside leading industry partners to deliver our vision of transport solutions fit for the cities of the future.
“LTTS integrates perfectly with this aim and with work already well underway in key collaboration areas and a number of other topics of interest already identified, I am confident that this will be of immense long-term benefit to both partners.”
Abhishek Sinha, L&T Technology Services chief operating officer and member of the board, said: “The potential of technology and engineering to positively disrupt our lives is limited only by imagination.
“LTTS’ GLOCAL (Global and Local) strategy has helped in strengthening relationships across the globe by breaking barriers and deepening the regional ecosystem comprising talent pool and local economy.
The IFTC-LTTS alliance aims to fast-track the new-age mobility solutions for the transportation industry across the globe and introduce innovations, including aspects of safety and comfort that can benefit millions of commuters.
“LTTS is delighted to collaborate with Coventry University in scripting a new chapter for transportation engineering services both in the UK and globally.”