Tata Elxsi, the design firm belonging to Pune-based conglomerate, Tata Motors addresses various technological sectors under Tata’s umbrella. The firm is now considering testing an autonomous car in India. The driverless cars are already gaining popularity in the west unlike Asian countries especially India, where these are far from reality.
Knowing the jam-packed busy roads in India, no auto maker in India has dared to introduce this technology here. Previously, there have been attempts on individual level, but this is the first time a company will carry out tests for driverless cars at the Silicon Valley of India, in Bengaluru. With this, Tata Elxsi will be among the few companies including Google, Tesla, Uber, Ford and Apple to conduct research for the development of autonomous cars.
It is to be noted that Tata is using two re-engineered Zest sedans to carry out their tests near their production unit in the suburbs of Bengaluru. The driverless cars arm technically advanced provisions such as stereoscopic camera and Lidar radard. Besides, it also comes with ultrasonic sensors that send the data to the integrated computer in the vehicle. This equipment closely studies the data and collaborates with car’s steering, brakes and accelerator. Read – Upcoming Tata Cars in India
Tata will provide a platform to other OEMs and suppliers to test their equipment, expediting the process. The company is in talks with local authorities to seek permission for testing their driverless car on roads amid public. Although, Tata has not provided a timeline yet, but it is expected that autonomous cars will soon be seen testing in Bengaluru.
Taking into account the disorganized traffic on Indian roads, various globally recognized professionals including Mahindra & Mahindra’s Managing Director, Dr. Pawan Goenka, Uber CEO, Travis Kalanick, Google CEO, Sundar Pichai and Managing Director, Bosch India, Steffens Berns have the idea of introducing self-driving cars in India.