The world’s eighth-largest auto manufacturer and American multinational corporation Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)) is setting up an Information technology centre in Hyderabad with the capacity to seat 2,000 workforces. However, the centre will be a technological pillar that will accelerate the digitization efforts of Fiat Chrysler automobiles and FCA’s engineering staff in Chennai and Pune, employing more than 1.500 employees.
Besides, the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) group runs over 100 manufacturing facilities and over 40 R&D centre and the automotive brands include Chrysler Fiat Professional, Jeep and Maserati.
Moreover, the FCA provision will be coming up at the Salarpuria knowledge city at Raidurg in Hyderabad’s IT hub and the Fiat Chrysler is establishing a centre in Hyderabad on the lines of the technology centre set-up by German automotive giant ZF in the city.
According to a report by Nasscom and Everest Group, the automotive/automobile is one of the fastest-growing areas in the 31 billion dollars Indian ER&D space and is emerging as a focal point of automotive engineering (R&D) research and development (ER&D).
In a statement, Venkat Shastry, a partner in executive search firm Heidrick and struggles said that India is poised to become a key competitor in the automotive landscape with digital engineering emerging as the new growth engine and the auto industry is experiencing unprecedented disruption with software driving the shift.
Meanwhile, the connected automobile ecosystem, the automakers are amalgamating hands with Car Connectivity Consortium and there is extensive research on autonomous vehicles as auto manufacturers have automated cruise control, parking assistance and lane keeping.
Lastly, auto manufacturers are, however, exploring electric and hybrid powertrains and battery development to accelerate the developments in the Electric Vehicle (EV) landscape.