Indian br and Mahindra to join the same fleet as Tesla, Google and BMW
Mahindra revealed that it is conducting experiments in its R&D facility in Bengaluru for developing a driverless car that would run without any manual inputs. It would be first tested in Europe and U.S.
Removing the covers off the news and shedding some light on the matter one of their chief officials admitted that they are up to something with their tests in cruise control and other safety and convenience features operating autonomously without the need for any kind of human input. These prototypes are being tested in U.S, Europe and South African roads and testing facilities as Indian roads are too busy for driverless cars. There are certain norms and permissions that are mandatory from the government in order to test trial runs of their prototype on Indian roads but they will first hit the U.S and European markets owing to better facilities for procuring legal approvals and support from the government.
Mahindra believes that recently major automobile manufacturers have focused on safety and convenience features and are still focusing on making luxurious models, but there is an open market for developing intelligent vehicles and autonomous systems functioning in harmony with manual control and on its own in desired conditions. So far, companies like Tesla, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi and Google have tried and tested prototypes backed by researchers from MIT and other institutes. Google showcased a completely functional unit last year trying to acquire permissions from the U.S government for making it commercial and available to the public. Mahindra also stated that its popular electric car Reva would the first model to be laced with this technology. This would make it the latest and the first automobile brand in India to join the elite group.