Japan’s automobile major Nissan Motors will set up Its first digital innovation hub in India in Technocity, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, which will be a research and development (R&D) facility of sorts that will also be shared by the Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance.
The main idea to develop the digital hub is to focus on the R&D towards electric and autonomous vehicles. To begin with, the Kerala government Kerala government has allotted space of 30 acres to Nissan in order to setup the hub during the first phase. In the second phase, the government will give Nissan additional 40 acres. Nissan’s digital and innovation hub will be called Nissan knowledge city.
Nissan’s digital hub in Kerala will be its first in India, and will function as the nerve centre of the company’s research in electric and automated vehicles. The government of Kerala will sign the Memorandum of Understanding with Nissan on 29 June, 2018.
The reason that Nissan chose Kerala to set up its first digital innovation hub are; existing talent pool in IT and engineering, airport connectivity, cost effectiveness, quality of life, social amenities and the lack of traffic problems, among other things.
The upcoming digital and innovation hub will act as a talent pool of people who will be working on new-age technologies that can be utilized in automobiles such as cognitive analytics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning and so on. Once the hub is up and running, Nissan will be creating approximately 3,000 direct jobs along with few thousand indirect jobs as well.
Nissan along with its auto making partners Renault and Mitsubishi, is aiming at launching 17 electric models to achieve an annual vehicle sales of 14 million units by 2022.
Nissan’s digital hub in Kerala will be company’s fifth digital hub globally after having centres in Japan, China, France and USA. To start off with, the company will occupy the Technopark Phase III campus and a part of the co-developer space as well. The Renault Nissan Mitsubishi Alliance is betting big on electric vehicles and aims to not only launch 17 new electric models by 2022 but also rake in annual electric vehicles sales to the tune of 14 million units as well.
Notably, Indian automobile major Bharat Forge has also been working on its R&D and technology strategy in the Electric Vehicle space over the last few years. The company has recently made a strategic investment of $13.5 million (£10 million) or about Rs.90 crores in Tevva Motors, a British and Israeli electric truck company.
Speaking about Kerala, the state has been a front-runner when it comes to adopting new-age technologies. In April, Kerala Blockchain Academy (KBA) of state-run Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management (IIITM-Kerala) has become the first Indian Institution to get membership of Hyperledger Project hosted by Linux Foundation.
In March, Kerala tied up with Indian space agency Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) to incubate and promote startups in the satellite and space technology sector.
Via – auto.ndtv.com
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