What will be the future of on-road mobility, the shape and size of vehicles, the intensity and diversity of technologies they will hide beneath the hood, display on the dashboard, and communicate with the rest of the world? Society faces major challenges with regards to growing urbanization, population growth and climate change. While the need for transportation will increase in the future, it needs to happen in a sustainable way. The transport industry is experiencing a major paradigm shift and new technologies such as automation, electromobility and connectivity have the potential to revolutionize the transport industry and strongly contribute to the ambition of a fossil-free transport sector.
In response to these growing imperatives and to drive the Volvo Group’s transformation towards new disruptive business models and technologies, Volvo Group has created a new innovation arena, namely – CampX by Volvo Group.
The CampX concept represents a new way of working with innovation that aims to speed up the pace of innovation. It is built on two pillars: co-locating functions and employees working with the new technologies to facilitate collaboration, and increased collaboration with external stakeholders such as suppliers, customers and start-ups outside of the Volvo Group. Small start ups get to collaborate with a large company and to be a part of a large network of innovative companies.
The first CampX site was inaugurated in X-hallen in Lundby, Gothenburg 28 March 2019. Now, within 2 years, the second site is set up in Bengaluru as part of the CampX global footprint. India currently houses the world’s third largest startup ecosystem, with 38 firms being valued at over $1 billion, or what is known as unicorns. In 2020, the country minted around 12 such. Without doubt, Bengaluru is the future face of India – hi-tech, cosmopolitan and global in outlook. It is a great place for Swedish – Indian collaboration in science, innovation, trade and cultural relations. Almost 100 Swedish companies are present in Karnataka, employing more than 42,000 people. Many Swedish companies are looking to invest and conduct R&D in Bengaluru.
At the CampX Bengaluru site, technical and business experts in various technologies including automation, electromobility and connectivity will be co-located in one common building. The site includes collaboration space, AR/VR Lab, a working ‘garage’ in an adjacent building, concept vehicle & access to our prototype shop co-located in the Volvo factory. Partners to CampX in Bengaluru would come from within & around India.
”CampX by Volvo Group is our global innovation arena for technology and business transformation and I am extremely pleased that we now have Bengaluru as a CampX location. Automation, electromobility & connectivity alongwith many a new business models & technologies is tranforming the transport industry. India, with its rich rich start-up eco-system & the presence of one of Volvo Group’s largest product development site – is in a good position to support the future of Volvo Group & the transport industry – as well as fuel innovation in the Indian context.” – Kamal Bali, President & MD, Volvo Group, India.
CampX invites partners from sectors and segments as diverse as customers, start-ups, suppliers, academia and authorities to collaborate with Volvo Group’s experts to develop future transport solutions. Unleash your imagination and visualise a bizarre project or product and give it the power of technologies like IoT, AI or ML, through AR and VR. If you are one of those dreamers or visionaries, CampX by Volvo Group India is looking for you.
Should you be interested to know more, the Office of Science and Innovation in New Delhi in partnership with the Swedish Chambers of Commerce India will be arranging a dialogue with CampX. For registration, send an email to Mini.Nair@gov.se with ‘CampX’ in subject line and we will send you an invite. Follow us on twitter @SwedenOSI_India to stay tuned on latest developments!