Faurecia, one of the world’s largest automotive equipment suppliers, has announced the signing of a research partnership with the Indian Institute of Science (IISc). The collaboration was signed in Bangalore in the presence of Patrick Koller, CEO of Faurecia, and IISc director, Prof Anurag Kumar.
The French supplier and IISc aim to conduct collaborative research to develop new technologies and solutions in three areas: online air quality monitoring, data analysis and algorithms for driver behaviour and artificial intelligence for industrial design. Faurecia says the collaboration will help enrich its ecosystem of high-level scientific and academic collaborations in its two strategic areas – ‘Smart Life on Board’ and ‘Sustainable Mobility’.
Speaking on the collaboration, Patrick Koller, CEO of Faurecia, said, “Open innovation is key to the rapid development of new technologies for new mobility requirements. We are proud to add IISc to our academic partnerships and be able to share and confront our ideas with its experts.”
Professor Anurag Kumar, director, IISC, added, “Faurecia and IISc will work together on automotive solutions based on Artificial Intelligence in this innovative industry-academia research collaboration. Together, we will engage in new research areas that will have a significant impact on future mobility.”
The Indian Institute of Science (pictured above) was established in 1909 by a visionary partnership between the industrialists Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, the Maharaja of Mysore and the government of India. Over the 107 years since its establishment, IISc has become the premier institute for advanced scientific and technological research and education in India.
Established in 1997 in India, Faurecia now employs 3,500 people including 1,200 engineers within seven sites and two R&D centres, serving the passenger vehicle and commercial vehicle markets worldwide.