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Autonomous Vehicle Technology: A Case of Adopting New Technology in India

Sambit Sengupta, Associate Director – SPM & FAE, Avnet India

AvnetIndia is a country with vast possibilities of leveraging technology for the greater common good. One of the many ways where advanced technology adoption can help is in reducing road accident fatalities. According to a recent report by the World Bank, India accounts for 11 percent of the global death in road accidents, the highest in the world. However, stakeholders across levels are skeptical to adopt autonomous vehicle technology, mainly over concerns of potential job loss which will impact the livelihood of drivers. Another reason is because of the improvements required in road infrastructure to implement the technology.

On the other hand, we see some segments in India where the gradual application of autonomous vehicle technology creates not only safety and security for users but also help in raising productivity. Farm equipment makers and reputable tractor manufacturers are coming up with level 2 autonomous tractors equipped with GPS for geofencing and auto-steer facility. Some advanced start-ups are creating trucks with autonomous technology for operation on Indian highways. These trucks will not eliminate the need for truck drivers, but instead, reduce fatigue and disaster avoidance.

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