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Is India Ready For Driverless Cars?

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    • Publish Date: Jan 12 2017 11:40AM
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    • Updated Date: Jan 16 2017 3:15PM
Is India Ready For Driverless Cars?
An autonomous car controlled by a Nvidia DRIVE PX 2 AI car computing platform drives passengers along a course during CES International, Friday, Jan. 6, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Be it at the car show in Paris or the one in LA, car manufacturers have made it clear that cars of the future will not just run on clean energy but also without drivers. But, considering our love for flouting traffic rules, the same people have said that autonomous cars will remain off India for a very long time. What do you think about that? Tell us here
 
Last year, at Paris Auto Show, the head of Renault-Nissan group Carlos Ghosn said
something which not just broke our hearts, but also embarrassed us in the worst way possible.  He said that autonomous cars will first hit the streets of nations where drivers are "disciplined" and "respect the rules, and because drivers in India and Brazil don't quite respect the traffic rules, and there is a lack of precise mapping, the autonomous cars would come first "to very disciplined driving countries" like Japan, the United States, France or Germany. Ghosn also said that in India's sprawling metropolis Mumbai, “people don't always respect the rules.” The Renault-Nissan alliance plans to launch at least 10 driverless cars by 2020. 

Carlos Ghosn, chairman and CEO of Nissan, speaks during a keynote address at the 2017 CES in Las Vegas

 

  “You need to have a mapping which is precise and reliable... You need to have also driving rules which are being respected, because autonomous cars respect the rules,” 
“You know very well that in some cities in Brazil, this is a joke, you live in Brazil, I live in Brazil, at night cars don't stop at the red light. Nobody stops."

Renault-Nissan group Carlos Ghosn
 
"More People Died in Road Accidents Than in Wars India Fought"
Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road and Transport Nitin Gadkari


While you might be outraged at what Ghosn said, the truth is Indians blatantly flaunt traffic rules, and road safety is a joke here. Take a look at these stats, and you would be intune with what Carlos says: 
 
  • 16 lives were lost every hour on Indian roads in 2014. 
  • As per ‘World Road Statistics 2015’ released by International Road Federation, Geneva, India recorded the second highest number of road accident fatalities per 100,000 population, which was at 11. Russian Federation topped the list at 19 per 100,000. 
  • 1,374 road accidents take place every day. 
  • According to Union Minister for Road and Transport Nitin Gadkari, 30 per cent of the driving licences in India were bogus. 
  • In 2015, 54.1% of those killed in road accidents belonged to the 15-30 year age group.

 

Number of accidents recorded by road user category:

Two-wheelers: 31.5%
Car / taxis / vans / light & medium vehicles: 17.2%
Other vehicles: 12.7%
Trucks: 11%
Pedestrians: 9.5%
Buses: 7.4%
Auto Rickshaws: 5.0%
Cycle rickshaws / hand carts / animal drawn carts etc: 3.2%
Bicycles: 2.1%


 

Comments

RICHEAL MONTEIRO Other

It is very sad that people don''t obey rules. Rules are made so that people obey them and there is discipline in the country. But many of these people take rules for granted. People should obey the traffic rules. If they do so it would result in less traffic, less accidents, less deaths and a more disciplined country.

Thakur Aastha REUBS

No. India is not ready for it. Bcoze they just don''t want to follow the rules. Now it has become important that government have to take action against the people those who are not following the rules else India will take a lot time to be called as developed country.

Haya Naved FATHER AGNEL SCHOOL(GAUTAM NAGAR)

Indians do not follow rules. Rules make one disciplined. I feel that if the government charges penalties on those who do not abide by the rules made. This might solve the problem to some extent resulting in less road accidents.

BHASWAR DUTTA ST. THOMAS' DAY SCHOOL

Change is better. Technology should be used in India for driverless cars. But the roads are to be developed, adequate mappings, software updated traffic rules, etc. should be provided. This may decrease the no. of accidents. But India would only be ready for it when people will start obeying traffic rules, the roads developed by government, etc.

KINGSHUK GHOSH D.A.V Public School, Thane

yessssssss!!!!!!!

vansh RYAN INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL(VASANT KU

I think India isn''t ready for this move as there are plenty of teenagers driving underage and not following rules only a person can think what to do when facing such drivers to avoid accident unlike a computerised vehicle which follows fixed codes

junaid THE GEEKAY WORLD SCHOOL. .

I would suggest that India is nt ready for driverless cars. Because India is still now a developing country. If India is like U.S.A then driverless cars are better. India should be like U.S.A for example if a man is throwing garbage on the road in U.S.A,he needs to pay for it to the police.If the same incident happens in India the man does not payfor it and the police too does not take any action.

N.BHANU Sree Narayana Vidya Bhavan

Yes the polices r suffring more to control people we must follow rules

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