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Onset of Self Driving Cars in India- Dream or Reality?

Multiple big tech companies have come forward to take up this task of launching Self-Driving Cars all around the world.

Self Driving Cars in IndiaRealizing the dreams of several people to ride a Self-Driving Car like those multiple sci-fi movies, the technology of autonomous vehicles is now reaching the end of its fruition.

Multiple big tech companies have come forward to take up this task of launching Self-Driving Cars all around the world.

Easier said than done!

Considering the multiple levels of automation required to advance a normal gear-based car toward AI-controlled Self Driving Cars, we have seen several hybrid substitutes for autonomous cars as more and more features keep getting added to newer models.

If you want a detailed description of connected cars as well as autonomous delivery services, you can check out my previous articles, “Rise of Connected Cars in India’s Automotive Market” or “Autonomous Delivery Services: A New Reality”.

On the other hand, Can you imagine seeing an empty driverless car on an Indian road? Probably not!

Well, this might have been a distant dream in the past, but considering the rapid developments happening in the country regarding infrastructure and reframing obsolete policies, the actual realization of Self-Driving Cars in India is not far.

To get a better picture of considering Self-Driving Cars in India- A Dream or Reality, we are going to dive deeper into the current scenario as well as the challenges India faces to launch Self Driving Cars as soon as possible.

Self-Driving Cars- Brief Introduction

Self-Driving in IndiaAs the name suggests, Self-driving Cars leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) to control the cars via software that collects their information from the camera, ultrasonic sensors and radar attached to the cars.

Due to this, these cars can sense the environment with the help of complex algorithms and machine learning systems.

Typically, the majority of self-driving cars use LiDAR or Light Detection And Ranging technology in which sensors launch pulses of light from the car’s surroundings to measure distances, identify lane markings and detect road edges at the same time.

Considering the current scenario of the worldwide automobile industry, we are going to check out 6 main levels of automation seen in vehicles, specifically cars.

  • Level 0- No Automation
  • Level 1- Assisted Automation
  • Level 2- Partial Automation
  • Level 3- Conditional Automation
  • Level 4- High Automation
  • Level 5- Full Automation

Current Scenario of Self-Driving Cars in India

Self-Driving CarsAccording to the latest statistic, India records over 1,50,000 people die every year in traffic accidents.

This amounts to about 400 fatalities per day, a number far higher than developed countries like the US, which reported about 40,000 deaths in 2016.

With the global acceptance of autonomous cars, this number would lower the total number of accidents and fatalities in the future, and launching Self-Driving Cars in India is the reason for this upcoming change.

Rewinding the clock to 2018, Mahindra & Mahindra demonstrated an autonomous tractor, announcing to development of fully autonomous tractors in the future.

However, converting this dream to reality is no easy feat as developing Self-Driving Cars in India requires millions of km wide, real-world data that is based on an algorithm suited to Indian driving conditions.

Currently, a lot of R&D work is underway wherein big corporations like Google, Tesla, Mercedes, Volkswagen, Ford, Nissan Hyundai, and so on are doing their utmost by utilizing new generation technologies like AI, machine learning, and robotics engineering.

The biggest challenge in launching Self-Driving Cars in India is the lack of dedicated legislation to regulate Self-Driving Cars in India since the Motor Vehicles Act, 1998 doesn’t permit the sanction and legal usage of Self-Driving Cars in India.

Apart from the legislative issues, the obstacles barring Self-Driving Cars in India to reach their full potential can be attributed to the following reasons,

  • Lack of Proper Infrastructure & Roads
  • Shortcomings in Technology
  • Loss of Jobs
  • Non-Adherence to Traffic Rules

Top Start-ups Focusing on Self-Driving Cars in India

Stating some of the Top Start-ups that focus on Self-Driving Cars in India, includes,

Minus ZeroMinus Zero- This Jalandhar-based start-up aims to build affordable fully Self-Driving Cars in India as it leverages a hybrid neural network along with various machine learning techniques and Python-based frameworks.

Flux AutoFlux Auto- This Bangalore-based start-up aims to provide autonomous driving kits for commercial vehicles placing a specific focus on safety, productivity, and cost benefits.

High Tech RoboticHi Tech Robotic Systemz- Founded in 2004 by Anuj Kapuria, Hi Tech Robotic Systemz delivers scalable, smart autonomous & assistive systems to a wide variety of customers through disruptive business models.

FisheyeboxFisheyebox- Fisheyebox is a Kolkata-based start-up that has developed a self-driving prototype using Celerio and aims to make low-tech cars into modified futuristic cars.

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Aishwarya Saxena

A book geek, with creative mind, an electronics degree, and zealous for writing.Creativity is the one thing in her opinion which drove her to enter into editing field. Allured towards south Indian cuisine and culture, love to discover new cultures and their customs. Relishes in discovering new music genres.

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