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IIT Madras launches Mobility & Intelligent Transportation for global mobility digital infrastructure

April 5, 2024

IIT Madras has launched the ‘Mobility and Intelligent Transportation’ (MInT) collaborative towards building a global mobility digital infrastructure.

Neeraj Mittal IAS, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, virtually launched the Collaborative during an event at IIT Madras campus on Thursday.

This initiative is based on the principle of “collaborate and compete” under which the Institute will bring together industry competitors, government agencies and academic innovators and co-create the mobility digital infrastructure (Bharat Multi-Modal Mobility Stack or BM3S) to enable holistic system solutions.

“The upcoming 6G technologies, which are going to integrate sensing, quantum computing will really open this opportunity for all of us to work and hand over this world and India to the future generations in a sustainable manner,” according to Neeraj Mittal IAS, DoT Secretary

MInT is a global initiative to build mobility digital infrastructure and an R&D portfolio besides developing a skilled workforce to develop breakthrough mobility solutions to realize the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as Sustainable Transport: 50% reduction in total transport emissions, Accident Prevention: 50% reduction in fatalities and Energy Efficiency: 50% of all transport from net zero modes.

Neeraj Mittal IAS, Secretary, Department of Telecommunications, Government of India, said, “This initiative is very critical for our well-being and sustainable future. I congratulate IIT Madras faculty and MInT’s founding members for taking up this initiative as without collaboration, such a complex problem cannot be tackled or even thought through.”

Prof. Mahesh Panchagnula, Dean (Alumni and Corporate Relations), IIT Madras, said, “Mint is an essential first step to understanding this very ‘traffic jammed’ world of mobility. There is a lot to be done. India is a growing country. The rate at which we add mobility needs is just unbelievable both in terms of cargo and people’s desire to move as well as just the quantum of the vehicles that are now being added to the roads every day. Add to all this, our desire to make it more safe, convenient for an increasing population of riders, requires technology to be the bright spot that will make this dream happe for a billion people.”

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