The Pune-based EV manufacturer EKA has stepped into a joint venture with a Canadian company called the NuPort Robotics. The newly formed joint venture called the EKA - NuPort Robotics JV will embark on the journey of developing India's first e-buses with Level 2 autonomous driving feature.
After introducing its first-ever product called the EKA E9 bus; the company is now ready to expand its portfolio via the development of safer tech. According to this new joint venture, both the companies will rigorously test around 5,000 buses equipped with ADAS or autonomous driving assist function. This will be a level 2 ADAS tech that NuPort has been providing globally to the commercial fleet operators and manufacturers.
The introduction of ADAS-equipped e-buses in India will be a remarkable step in the commercial industry. This will not only ensure the safety of the roads but will considerably decrease the increasing emission levels. NuPort announced its entry into the Indian market the previous month. The first project for them is to utilize the investment of Rs 150 crores for developing these ADAS fitted e-buses.
According to NuPort Robotics, more than 50 percent of accidents can be reduced via the use of autonomous driving technology. This technology will not only ensure the safety of passengers but will also increase the operational efficiency of the transport itself. NuPort Robotics also claims that the Level 2 autonomous technology is being specifically developed by keeping in mind the Indian driving conditions. The new tech will inculcate the use of dynamic parameters of the Indian roads and traffic conditions. This shall help in precising the ADAS feature for the new e-buses.
The green mobility is on an uplift in India; with EV makers selling their products in bulk like the Ola S1 Pro, Ather 450X, Bajaj Chetak, etc. This step of introducing the ADAS in the commercial EV segment will drastically improve the trust among the new buyers & fleet operators as well.
Eka E9 is expected to be launched at a price of Rs. ₹ 30.00 Lakh - ₹ 35.00 Lakh in Indian automobile market. Eka E9 is a News .
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