ICAT launches E-Portal for Automotive Technology

Published: July 17, 2020

International Centre for Automotive Technology has launched e-portal for automotive technology development for the automotive sector of the country. This is a step towards the ‘AatmaNirbhar’ Bharat, as envisaged by the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

The main aim of this portal is to facilitate the automotive industry to become self-reliant by assisting in innovation and adoption of global technological advancements by bringing together stakeholders from various avenues. The activities of the portal would include research and development, product technology development, technological innovations, technical and quality problem resolution for the industry, manufacturing and process technology development, hosting challenges for technology development and also conducting market research and technology surveys for identifying the trends in the Indian auto industry.

This portal will be the one-stop solution for all the stakeholders involved in the industry. This will bring together all the automotive OEMs, Tier I, Tier II and Tier III companies, R & D institutions and academic institutions on matters involving technology advancements. Besides acting as a solution and a resource platform, the portal will host grand challenges based on the need of the industry.

The portal has been named as ASPIRE by ICAT and the initial version has been made live on July 15, 2020. The first phase will include connecting the users and experts on the portal for functionality assessment. Phase II of the portal will be launched within August 15, 2020. The whole portal should be made available by September 15, 2020.

This portal is going to help in the vision of the country in promoting ‘Make in India’ and ‘Atma-Nirbhar’ vision of the Government of India.

Background

The Department of Heavy Industry, Government of India, has embarked on a mission to promote innovation, research and development and product development in India for various important sectors. That is why; five portals are being developed for different categories. These portals are:

  • BHEL for power sector equipment
  • HMT for machine tools
  • CMFTI for manufacturing technology
  • ICAT and ARAI for the automotive sector

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