India has rejected the idea of driverless cars as of now. In a recent statement, Nitin Gadkari, the Union Minister for roads and transport, regarded that, Indian Government is more interested in protecting the jobs of millions of drivers than to feel proud about a technological innovation.
He further stated that India is in dire need to recruit near about 22,000 more commercial drivers and would be opening more 100 training facilities to fulfill this requirement.
A very strong reason to support his statement is definitely the fact that India’s road system and of course, the chaotic traffic, are the main barriers for India to develop the technology.
Further, he regarded that, Union Government was also planning for the launch of a taxi booking app, following the footsteps of Ola and Uber.
But, he also didn’t completely let go of the idea. Rather, he regarded that few years down the line, the chances are high that this idea cannot be ignored, but as of now, it is not permitted. The plans of creating more employment opportunities are at the grass-root level but they are working on it seriously.
The Global Scenario:
The big names in the field of car-making and technology enlisting names like Tesla Motors, China’s Baidu, Google, Uber, Mercedes, Ford and General Motors are working on driverless cars, both for private and commercial use, are being tested in cities all across the world.
Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk has promised of producing a vehicle that will drive by itself from Los Angeles to New York by 2017-end.
Lastly, Tata Elxsi, the Tata Group’s design, and technology firm have been working on driverless cars in the recent past.