India gives thumbs down to driverless cars

Forget about driverless cars on Indian roads, atleast for now. Indian transport minister Nitin Gadkari  has ruled out the possibility of allowing driverless cars to ply on the country’s roads. According to the minister the focus of the government is to create more jobs to arrest unemployment. Gadkari said that there is already annual shortage of about 22,000 trained drivers in India.

“How can we allow such vehicles when we already have huge number of unemployed people?” the Minister asked reporters.  Gadkari also made it clear that the country will not give any reduction on import duty to such vehicles entering into the country.

The minister also said he has told all overseas manufacturers that his ministry won’t support any relief from import duty for such vehicles coming to India. “I have told the manufacturers that they can come and manufacture here. There is no question of tax relief,” he said.

Indicating how Indian automakers are also getting ready for the growing market, Nitin Gadkari said that one of the bike manufacturers has told him that they have come up with an electric bike which can run for 240 km in one single charge.

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