There is lot of interest in self-driving cars globally, and in some cities these autonomous vehicles are becoming a reality. APAC region has already shown a high level of interest in these smart cars with countries like Singapore doing trial runs and being successful.
Recently Indian design and technology services company, Tata Elxsi has announced its plans to test self-driving cars in Bangalore. The company is working on a platform that will enable autonomous vehicles. In fact, if the platform is integrated into the cars here, Tata Elxsi will be the first company in India to bring self-driving cars on its roads. It will join the ranks of Tesla, Apple, Google, and Uber in their efforts to promote self-driving cars.
As per a recent survey done by Intel and Intuit, APAC region is ready more than ever to adopt autonomous vehicles. In the countries including Australia, Japan, Singapore, Taiwan, and South Korea surveyed, it was seen that over 50 percent of the total number of respondents were open to buying self-driving cars. Countries like Taiwan, Singapore, China and Japan have shown the maximum acceptance of autonomous vehicles. The survey further shows that that 83 percent of car buyers in Taiwan were open to picking up a self-driving cars followed by 52 percent in Singapore. According to independent market experts, autonomous vehicles can become a reality by 2025 and run on roads alongside human driven cars on most roads globally.
But even as consumers in Asia-Pacific indicate enthusiasm for the idea of self-driving vehicles, they still have concerns that could hold back adoption. The main issue that worried the respondents of the survey was the security aspect of the cars. This was highlighted by the recent events involving fatal crashes of Tesla autonomous vehicles. But recently the company and its technology have been acquitted of the charges which spell some relief for other autonomous vehicle technology providers. In Intel’s study, many expressed worries about issues like a lack of safety standards for driverless cars (79%), or had questions about how the cars might react when dealing with a situation for which they had not been programmed (76%).
So, while Tata Elxsi’s claim seems interesting and encouraging even, but it is a challenge on Indian roads since the traffic situation is quite chaotic and most drivers do not follow traffic and driving rules. This might pose a problem for self-driven cars as their sensors will pick up randomized data which can hamper the smooth driving capabilities of these cars on the Indian roads. In fact, in the Indian scenario, the issue about cars not being programmed to deal with unwarranted situations can be a major roadblock to adoption. This means that autonomous vehicle technology solutions providers need to take this scenario into account when planning to bring in their driverless car platform to car manufacturers in India.