Testing of Driverless cars may be allowed in India

27 February, 2017

Government of India has proposed amendments to the motor vehicles law and it has led to speculations that the amendment may facilitate trial runs of automated vehicles India could soon have driverless cars plying on its roads.

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A report in Economic Times report has quoted a top government official saying that the government will allow testing of these vehicles on a case-by-case basis once the law is in place.

The policy measure would to benefit Indian carmakers who can join the global race of developing self-driving cars with global players like Google, Tesla, Uber, Ford etc.

Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2016, was introduced in the Parliament in August last year and is supposed to facilitate the entire process.

The bill, once cleared, any innovation in transport sector such as semi-autonomous and fully autonomous vehicles, both passenger and commercial, could be tested in India, according to the report.

The Bill has been lying with the parliamentary standing committee, which is studying it. According to the provisions in order to test the automated cars on Indian roads, interested companies would need the prior approval of the transport department of the union roads ministry.

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