The automobile industry in
India is moving towards the next generation of cars with much more equipment,
advanced features, and interconnectivity. The Government of India has planned
to implement tougher standards to improve the overall safety of Indian vehicles
including passenger cars. For this decision to work, it needs to be
wholeheartedly embraced by the leading manufacturers in the country and
overseas supporters like the Volvo, a manufacturer which offers top most safety
in its entire international lineup.
As 2018 came to a close, we
have witnessed a change in the auto sector. Manufacturers are serious about
offering better safety equipment rather than replacing it with other features.
First time in Indian
automobile history, indigenously built cars like Mahindra Marrazo and Tata
Nexon have qualified internationally acclaimed safety test with great success.
Other manufacturers are expected to follow in the success reveled by Mahindra
You must be having a question
that why do we need increased safety standards when we have airbags in most of
the vehicles nowadays. The answer is the colossal number of accidents. Let us
take a look at some real numbers. Data reveals
that a person is killed every four minutes in India due to road accidents. Now
the fact is that only one-third of the 2.6 million cars delivered on road every
year are equipped with airbags. Thanks to the price conscious market of our
country which forces the auto manufacturers to exclude safety features in favor
of other aspects of the car like the design, interior etc. to sell their
This practice is not going to
happen anymore. The government is planning to make airbags compulsory in every
road going car.
Along with the driver safety
the automobile manufacturers in our country are also concerned with crash
tests. The government is planning to set up new standards in the crash testing of
new vehicles. To qualify these tests, manufacturers have to improve build
quality. As a result, more advanced manufacturing processes will be integrated
into the production of these cars.
The outcome of the stringent
safety levels could increase prices of cars in India. As many components of
safety equipment like airbag inflators are majorly imported. If car
manufacturers want to integrate better safety standards in their upcoming
vehicles without increasing the price much. Then they need to source these
components locally. This can also be seen as an opportunity for employment.
Many local jobs will be created which will boost the local economy as well.
Many automobiles manufacturers
operating their plants in India as well as abroad are looking forward to making
this happen in full force. Hyundai which also happens to be the second largest
auto manufacturer in the country is calling for the production of the safety
components in India. Overseas manufacturers like Volvo cars are also planning
to do the same.