Driverless cars will lead to job loss, won’t allow, says Nitin Gadkari

Gadkari, a proponent of electric vehicles, said he has also told global automakers that India will not reduce import duty on e-vehicles or its parts.

Written by Avishek G Dastidar | New Delhi | Updated: July 25, 2017 11:54 am
Nitin Gadkari on driverless vehicles, Gadkari won't allow driverless cars, Driverless vehicles will lead to job loss, Google, Apple and Tesla Driverless cars, Indian Express News “We will not allow driverless cars in India. We don’t need it. Unemployment is a huge problem in our country. Each car gives job to a driver,” said Gadkari on Monday, while responding to queries from reporters.

DRIVERLESS CARS, labelled as the future of automobiles with Google, Apple and Tesla racing to crack a potentially multi-billion-dollar market, will not be allowed in India because they will lead to more unemployment, according to Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari. “We will not allow driverless cars in India. We don’t need it. Unemployment is a huge problem in our country. Each car gives job to a driver,” said Gadkari on Monday, while responding to queries from reporters.

“I saw in Sweden a 70-year-old man was driving a taxi. There (Western countries), they have less people. Here, we have more people and they need jobs. Driverless cars will take away those jobs. I am certain on this issue,” he said. According to a study by Boston Consulting Group, the global autonomous cars market is expected to be worth $42 billion by 2025 and $77 billion by 2035. A quarter of all cars sold could be autonomous vehicles by then, the study has said.

According to current prototype versions, such cars navigate traffic with the help of multiple inputs from GPS, and laser, infra-red and computer-vision technologies. Technology experts say autonomous cars reduce chances of collision and increase traffic efficiency. Gadkari, a proponent of electric vehicles, said he has also told global automakers that India will not reduce import duty on e-vehicles or its parts. “I have told chiefs of the auto companies recently that world-class electric vehicles can very well be manufactured in India. They are welcome to make them here under Make in India, we will not reduce the import duties,” he said.

Research on driverless cars, also known as autonomous cars, dates back to the 1920s in the US. In the 1980s, Carnegie Mellon University in the US and Mercedes-Benz in Germany worked on prototypes. But interest in the concept peaked over the last few years when Google started testing prototypes and showcased its near-ready product. Electric vehicles giant Tesla has already introduced driverless features called “autopilot” in its cars.

In 2015, during his visit to the US, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met Tesla chief Elon Musk at the company’s headquarters in San Jose. During the meeting, the two had discussed the possibility of manufacturing affordable cars for India. Last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed industry speculation that his company was working on autonomous systems in driverless cars and called it the “mother of all AI projects”. However, driverless cars have also led to questions being raised over insurance liability, and the legal framework governing them in the transport ecosystem.

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    Lal
    Jul 25, 2017 at 6:44 pm
    The minister with his millions can afford a driver. Usually it is a convoy. A common man cannot afford to hire a driver as his income is just sufficient to run the family with minimal facilities without any luxury. A taxi for long rides is also expensive as the cost has to include the driver's wage. A driverless vehicle can save and also a blessing for people as these vehicles are safer. One can avoid all those rash and rough drivers who have got license through back door and drive violently without consideration for anyone. Also, these vehicles will follow rules and hence no threat of being beaten up when there is a problem on the road.
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      Satish
      Jul 25, 2017 at 4:40 pm
      lolzzz.. don't make excuses and fill all the potholes on the road...
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        Soman
        Jul 25, 2017 at 3:51 pm
        Gadkariji, Please immediately ban, airlines, trains, buses, cars, and auto rickshaws. These have reduced the employment potential for billion bullock carts.
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          Birendra
          Jul 25, 2017 at 2:07 pm
          i would like to see one day politicianless country,if car can be driven safely without driver than country can also be driven without feku politicions that would drastically reduce corruption,crime and save billions what india spend on elections
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            deepak sankhla
            Jul 25, 2017 at 2:20 pm
            Go f c u k yourself jatee!
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            Kavi Rama Murthy
            Jul 25, 2017 at 1:04 pm
            Computers lead to job loss, so no computers! Haven't we heard this kind of talk before? Driverless cars use sophisticated technology and they will be very expensive for a few decades at least. Not everyone can own one. In any case if you have seen the way drivers drive in cities like Bangalore you would like them to change jobs.
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              P.C.Kulkarni
              Jul 25, 2017 at 1:00 pm
              Drivers play duel role as directors of firms of some netas
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                deepak sankhla
                Jul 25, 2017 at 2:21 pm
                You mean Khujli right??
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                Sudarshan Nityananda
                Jul 25, 2017 at 12:18 pm
                Wonderful to see one Union MInister worrying about job losses. This same spirit was not in evidence when the PM rushed through with demonetization, where jobs were lost in every sector and livelihoods decimated all over the countryside.
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                  manu
                  Jul 25, 2017 at 12:06 pm
                  its is always better to go driverless than to have brainless drivers
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