India to install 7,000 new ‘smart’ cars with self-driving capability in coming years
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India is set to install seven million smart vehicles in the coming five years, with a goal of deploying them by 2021.
The government has been talking about the development of a “smart car” and the deployment of such vehicles is part of a broader effort to create “smart cities” that will boost the economy, according to a press release on the government’s website.
The announcement came in response to a question by a member of the Lok Sabha committee on roads, highways and public transport (Lohit) regarding the government plans to roll out “smart cars” by 2021 to boost India’s economy and cut pollution.
In the future, the government will provide an option for the vehicle owners to choose between the vehicle and their smartphone app, a spokesperson said.
In addition to “smart vehicles”, the government is also developing smart “smart gates” to enable cars to automatically respond to the driver’s commands.
This will enable vehicles to react to traffic lights, stop, park and change lanes without any human intervention.
The move comes at a time when the world’s second-largest economy is facing challenges from pollution, which is rising in urban areas.
The pollution has also increased as the country has grown, increasing the number of vehicles on the road, with an estimated 10 million cars on the roads.
India is set to install seven million smart vehicles in the coming five years, with a goal of deploying them…