Whilst the world is coming terms that tech companies are leading the way with self-driving vehicles such as Waymo, Uber, Lyft, Apple and much more, India, on the other hand, isn’t too keen on the technology. Other countries such as the US, Korea, Germany and Australia have been giving incentives to companies to test driver-less technologies on their roads including certain states providing even more lee-way such as allowing the tech companies to test driverless cars without a human present.
According to the Hindustan Times, union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari said on Tuesday, “We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs.”
Ironically a bill is currently being presented and debated to allow the technology to be present in the country in order to allow the growth of technology and innovation. Still in a country such as India which has a high unemployment rate of 5% between 2015-2016, having a technology which takes away jobs is something that politicians would avoid especially since many parties are going with a campaign to create more jobs in India.
For those of you who have been to India would know that driving there is extremely difficult and if you take that into the equation of self-driving AI, that would definitely be a huge obstacle to overcome. But it would be the ultimate testing ground to prove any self-driving AI.