Asia Bizz: A new Research and Development Centre has been recently inaugurated by Mahindra and Mahindra in Chennai – Mahindra Research Valley (MRV). Former president of India, APJ Abdul Kalam had inaugurated the research and development centre.

The new centre will be a facility for the tractors as well as the automobiles. The centre has been spread across 125 acres and the company has claimed that it has invested more than Rs. 650 crores in it.

Some of the development work which will be undertaken here will include environmental friendly advanced propulsion systems, – fuel cells, hydrogen, bio diesels and hybrids. The other things which will also be a part of the study include the embedded systems, artificial intelligence, infotronics, mechatronics alternative polymer technology for automotive applications validation of aggregates of vehicles, vehicle passenger safety and advanced telematics.

There is also an engine prototype at the centre with testing facilities with emphasis stressed on the reduction of carbon footprint . The centre also has a separate NVH lab and has a semi anechoic chamber for the chassis dyno, sound quality room, model room, and PTO dyno. The president of the automotive and farm equipments sectors, Pawan Goenka said that the MVR will provide the Mahindra group with the tangible benefit of indigenous designs at lower costs.