No driverless cars in India as it will take away job says Nitin Gadkari
Driverless cars or self-driven automobiles will not be allowed in India as it will take away jobs, and the government will not promote any such technology said Nitin Gadkari, minister for road transport and highways earlier this week. The country has a shortage of 22 lakh drivers and driving is a skill that can employ around 50 lakh of them, he added.
"No driverless cars will be allowed in India. The government is not going to promote any technology or policy that will make people jobless," he said. "Cab aggregators like Ola and Uber are making money by using our driving skills. If cab aggregators think they can make more money by introducing technology like driverless cars and render people unemployed, the government is not going to allow it," he added.
Gadkari also revealed the plan to replace 1.8 lakh buses pan India which are expected to revamp the public transport and the project will see state-of-the-art 'Bus ports' at par with airports.
"We are in talks with the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank to help India replicate the London transport authority model where all public transportation buses are replaced by luxury buses and the common man can travel in them by paying 30-40 per cent less than what the current charges are," Gadkari said.
A special National Highways Authority of India wing with equity of Rs 500 crore would be set up to undertake this work. "We plan to construct 25 bus ports and these include Baroda, Surat and Ahmedabad."
Gadkari also said that the ministry also plans to introduce a platform similar to cab aggregators where commuters would be able to choose any mode of transport such as electric four or two-wheel taxis from a range of service providers. He further stated that the government is planning to make GPS and Satelite tracking mandatory in all public and private vehicle in the coming days.