Wipro Limited, a leading global information technology, consulting and business process services company, and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), India’s premier public establishment for research and higher education in science and engineering, have joined forces to create a driverless car for Indian conditions, according to a report by The Indian Express. The two entities plan to roll out the car by March 2020.
Wipro and IISc had recently announced a strategic partnership to conduct advanced applied research in autonomous systems, robotics and 5G space. Under this the two organizations have also jointly set up the Wipro IISc Research and Innovation Network (WIRIN), a hybrid industry academia collaboration unit, which will drive idea discovery, research and innovation in technology and product design.
A group of senior professors and research staff from IISc and engineers, developers, architects and researchers from the autonomous systems, robotics and 5G domains at Wipro constitute the team at WIRIN. They focus on the research and development of cutting-edge technologies in Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Visual Computing, Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Vehicle-to-everything communication (V2X).
The report states that nearly 200 participants from IISc and Wipro Ltd are involved in the project to create a driverless car for Indian conditions. Over the past six months, investigators have been using a car equipped with multiple sensors to collect raw data on aspects of navigating the roads in Bengaluru and have culled out around 100 hours of data, out of nearly 1000 hours collected, to build algorithms and systems for the driverless car.
The insights from the research will be leveraged by Wipro for its customers and the industry ecosystem. The Institute will benefit from advancing its research goal and capacity building besides commercialization of the research outcomes.
Wipro has been investing in the area of autonomous systems and robotics for over eight years. Autonomous systems work at the convergence of several emerging technologies and are poised to disrupt multiple industries and verticals such as mobility, insurance, finance, smart cities and infrastructure, among others.
The company has developed multiple solutions such as large-scale simulators for autonomous systems, including a grounds-up autonomous vehicle built on a Wipro IP platform capable of perceiving and navigating through state-of-the-art cognitive algorithms and capable of seamless V2X communications based on 5G systems and services.
Source: The Indian Express, Press Release- Wipro