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Driverless Cars Will Not Be Allowed In India, Know Why

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| July 25 , 2017 , 13:00 IST

Driverless cars are the new sensation in the automotive world internationally as companies vie to release their version of the independent vehicle ahead of others, however, India will not be in the race.

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari confirmed that driverless cars will not be allowed in India as it would lead to joblessness. Instead, the road transport minister said that the government will focus on training drivers with adequate driving skills in order to meet the shortage of drivers and also provide employment to 50 lakh people.

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"We will not allow driverless cars in India. India suffers a huge shortage of 22 lakh drivers...Cab aggregators take advantage of these. We are not going to promote any technology or policy that will render people jobless," Gadkari said.

He added that the government is planning to introduce a cab aggregator platform where users can choose any mode of transport including electric four-wheeler taxis or even two-wheelers.

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To improve public transportation in the country, the government is also considering replacing the 1.8 lakh buses across the states with luxury buses.  

"Talks are on with World Bank and Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help India to replicate the London Transport Authority Model where all the public transportation buses would be replaced by luxury buses and a common man can travel in them by paying about 40 percent less price as compared to current fares," said Gadkari.