India – “Employment creation will be one of our greatest challenges for the next decade,” says Minister of State for Finance, Jayant Sinha.
From the United States to Germany, South Korea and Australia, automotive brands and manufacturers are drifting in race towards driverless cars. But, how would the autonomy impact those employed by taxi services?
It looks like India has chosen emotional intelligence over artificial intelligence…
Jobs are scarce and it seems like the there’s no site for change in the down trend in India’s job market. As a result, the unemployed public will have to rely on the unemployment benefits which come from their social security.
To help reduce the eradication of jobs, India will be keeping a clear following distance from the globe’s Modern concept of driverless cars – showing humility in society’s job, rather than the country’s postmodernism growth towards robotic AI.
“We won’t allow driverless cars in India,” according to India Transport and Highway Minister, Nitin Gadkari.
But, somewhat it makes sense if you put yourself in the position of India’s decision maker… That’s, of course, if you’re thinking with a bit of EQ.
Employment opportunities in countries like India, depend highly on professional driving services or ‘taxis’. Imagine you were an taxi driver in New Dheli; and all of a sudden, you lose your job to a driverless car… How would that solve the country’s advancing occupation shortage?
Moreover, how would you support you and your family’s ‘ecosystem’ – we do, after all, live within a community of interacting organisms, surrounded by a physical environment.
With similar thought in mind, Nitin Gadkari projected that India is already experiencing a 22,000 commercial driver shortage and therefore will not allow technology to take any jobs away.
However, things are looking up for the country’s future. Nitin Gadkari revealed that India will be opening up training facilities, in order to employ 5,000 drivers over the next couple of years.
Apart from India’s shortage in drivers, the condition of the country is not exactly in the best shape for driverless cars, according to Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Before anything, India will have to place headlights on road safety, by fixing accidental roads and finding a way to reduce chaotic traffic for the autonomous technology.
Moving forward, Indian company, Tata Elxsi – part of the Tata Group – is currently testing self-driving cars on a track designed to resemble the country’s roads and traffic – pedestrians, lack of signage, livestock and unsignaled line merges.
Perhaps Tata Elxsi’s business plans will change Nitin Gadkari’s mind about India’s automotive future…
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