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Won't allow driverless cars: Gadkari

Won't allow driverless cars: Gadkari”

Union Minister for Roads and Transport, Nitin Gadkari, said India can not afford to lose jobs of millions of drivers.

Autonomous driving needs infrastructural supportWhile the government may be mulling disallowing autonomous driving technology, it remains to be seen if driverless cars can run in India in the near future. According to the Indian government, embracing technology will lead to massive job losses in a country already reeling under the weight of unemployment. Each auto gives job to a driver, " told reporters in Delhi on Monday. Presently, there is demand for 22 lakh commercial drivers, and to help this situation the government has plans to operate 100 driver training institutes across the country. Driverless cars will take away those jobs. "Five lakh people will get jobs over the next five years", Gadkari said. I am certain on this issue, " he said.

That's not to say that autonomous vehicle technology will not work on Indian roads and highways.

The minister also said he has told all overseas electric vehicle+ manufacturers that his ministry won't support any relief from import duty for such vehicles coming to India. "We are in talks with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to help India replicate the London transport authority model where all public transportation buses are replaced by luxury buses and the common man can travel in them by paying 30-40% less than what the current charges are", Gadkari said.

That's not the only challenge for driverless cars in India.

Last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed industry speculation that his company was working on autonomous systems in driverless cars and called it the "mother of all AI projects".



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