From the Indian perspective, there are reservations over adoption of autonomous vehicles as it has the potential to wipe off a large chunk of driver jobs
There is a great deal of excitement and anticipation over the adoption of autonomous vehicles across the automotive industry across the globe. However, given the burgeoning unemployment levels in India coupled with the government's strong stand not to deploy such kind of self-driving cars, there are indeed reservations over adoption of autonomous vehicles in India as such vehicles have the potential to eliminate jobs of drivers in a large way.
Mitali Mishra, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), EC.Mobility shared her perspective on autonomous vehicles. "There is lot of talk about Level 5 autonomous cars, but the road to Level 5 autonomous cars will come through Level 3, Level 4 and it is only when we traverse this journey from Level 3 to Level 5 or in some cases from Level 2 to Level 5, offering this feature as an essential part of the consumer demand as part of the regulatory framework demand becomes more and more important."
She dwelt on the importance of driver monitoring. "Clearly, the active driver monitoring system is required because it is the missing link between V2X. So in order to make connected cars a reality there is a strong need for driver monitoring to bridge the gap between V2X."
Mishra believes the autonomous feature will be needed in Level 3 and Level 4 cars. " The autonomous feature will be needed in Level 3 and Level 4 cars wherein it is expected that the driver will go hands-free and eyes-free typically. So, in that case, giving right alarms, letting the driver know, what is happening around him is important."
Comfort and convenience are also big drivers. "As we go about bringing in infotainment systems which are more personalised towards the mood of the user and occupants in the car, it becomes important that you understand the driver’s or passengers’ behaviour. Hence that is also one of the drivers to bring in active driver monitoring system. So, I think it is understood that at least for next 10 years, we can safely assume that it will be important that we have driver monitoring system and the car takes control of the vehicle or at least gives warning to the driver about the conditions wherein driver is either distracted or is drowsy."