Driverless Cars Are On the Way—But Not to India

With a shortage of 2.2 million drivers, India will not promote technology or policies that render people jobless

While driverless cars are being tested all over the U.S., India’s union minister for road transport, Nitin Gadkari, says, “We will not allow driverless cars in India.”

This quote is from a story by Forbes contributor Leeza Mangaldas. She says, according to Gadkari, India has a shortage of 2.2 million drivers, so the country will not promote any technology or policy that will render people jobless.

Even if self-driving cars were allowed in India, the technology would be seriously challenged by the extremely crowded streets, which include pedestrians, livestock, rickshaws, and other foot-transport carts and wagons.

Due to the frantic pace and potholed streets, a driverless car would be very hard-pressed to navigate such conditions safely.

Although the lack of drivers and unemployment problems in India are more severe than they are in America, the loss of driver jobs has also been mentioned in this country.

Uber and Lyft have created more driver jobs in the U.S., but the idea of driverless cars delivering people and packages might reverse that trend in the long run.

To read the original Forbes article, click here.

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