Driverless cars that substitute jobs won't be allowed, says Nitin Gadkari
The automobile fraternity around the world is busy developing technologies to aid autonomous driving. We have already seen some specimens from the likes of Tesla, Google, Audi and others. While it claims to take the world of transportation to the next level, we in India might not get to see it for a condition. Union road transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari, recently stated that driverless cars that can take jobs might not be allowed in the country.
He explained further that in a country where unemployment has been a rising concern, such cars or technologies cannot be allowed. Presently, there is demand for 22 lakh commercial drivers, and to help this situation the government has plans to operate 100 driver training institutes across the country. Five lakh people will get jobs over the next five years, said the minister.
In addition, Nitin Gadkari mentioned that international electric car manufacturers have been clearly informed that they won't be getting any relief on import duties, meaning if brought through the CBU route, it will prove to be an expensive option. However, the minister added that all these companies are being encouraged to set shops in India which, in turn, will generate more employment opportunities. He also has high expectations from the electric automobiles as one of the electric two-wheeler manufacturers has claimed to have developed an offering that can travel a distance of 240km on one single charge.