Hero turns on innovation, takes car technology to two-wheelers
Macau: Turning its focus on research and development after parting ways with Honda, Hero MotorCorp is set to bring technologies mostly seen in cars to two-wheelers as it gears up to showcase its innovative prowess.
Some features that the company will soon introduce in its two-wheelers include the engine stop-start system and the electronic immobiliser.
The engine stop-start system, also known as micro hybrid in top-end cars and SUVs, automatically shuts the engine when idling and turns it on when needed, improving fuel efficiency and cutting emissions.
The electronic immobiliser is a security device that prevents the engine from running without the correct key.
The company will also come up with scooters equipped with integrated braking system (IBS), which uses one brake handle for both the front and rear wheels.
"All these innovations are done by Hero's own R&D. A lot of questions were asked when we started the journey on our own about how we would fare, but today we are ready to showcase what we are capable of," Hero MotoCorp Managing Director and CEO Pawan Munjal said.
Restricted by the past agreement with Honda, Hero didn't have the chance to develop its own R&D capabilities fully. The partnership with Honda ended in 2010.
"Our boys never had the opportunity to show what they are capable of but now they have. They are showing it. We have applied for patents for their innovations," Munjal said.
Hero has applied for a patent for its i3S technology -- ideal stop-start system -- which will debut on its flagship model Splendor as the 'iSplendor.' The technology will later be extended to all other models.
The firm's 150-cc bike 'Extreme' will be equipped with the electronic immobiliser, while its scooter model 'Pleasure' will be armed with the IBS.
Munjal said apart from showcasing the company's ability to develop technology, innovations such as the i3S will reduce costs for its two-wheeler customers.
"There is a lot of innovation happening in our own R&D and we will bring it to the market through some of the products we will soon launch," he said.