While the global automobile industry is currently pushing towards developing impeccable self-driving systems that work in the real world, Union Minister for Road and Transport Nitin Gadkari has stated that driverless cars cannot be allowed in India.
Road conditions in Indian are currently not favourable for driverless cars and now government policies are taking the same direction. Speaking at Tech and Auto Awards on 18 December, Gadkari said: “driverless cars cannot be allowed now. India first needs to provide jobs to everybody. I am open to discussion but I don’t think that is a priority now.”
The minister further elaborated that the need of the hour in India is electric vehicles that are less polluting and more energy-efficient than cars running on conventional fossil fuels, adding that driverless cars would affect jobs of cab drivers. Read More