Make In India Driverless Car: Wipro, IISc Will Make Driverless Car Customised For Indian Roads!

Car being used for collecting data for driverless automobile
Car being used for collecting data for driverless automobile

Soon, there will be a driverless car running on the streets of India, without a care about the potholes on the roads, the worsening traffic, and random cows roaming on the roads!

This car is the brainchild of scientists of the Indian Institute of Science and popular Indian IT company Wipro, and is planned to make its debut in March 2020. 

This is an ‘a grounds-up autonomous vehicle’, which is developed to suit all the erratic and irrational driving conditions in India.

The conditions of the roads and the traffic make driving for humans a task worth all our efforts and energy, and we wonder how a driverless car will manage to manoeuvre its way on the Indian roads. What challenges will it face? Find out right here!

IISc and Wipro To Launch Driverless Car By March 2020

The scientists, researchers and engineers of IISc and Wipro have put their heads together for this driverless car and have assured that everything about this car has been developed ‘from scratch’. 

Prof A G Ramakrishnan, Department of Electrical Engineering at IISc is one of the main investigators of the project. He talked about the difference between the states of traffic in the US or Europe and the state of it here in India, which is why the data collected from Europe and America cannot be used here. 

He said, “Here, nobody bothers — you have humans, cycles, autos going. If we have an autonomous vehicle in these conditions it has to take care of all these factors, plus the zero infrastructure, the potholes and the fact that everything is random.”

A team of 18 engineers from Wipro and a dozen professors from various departments of the IISc are working on the project, together the whole team is of some 200 people.

How Will This Autonomous Car Work?  

This car will be functioning on some pretty advanced level algorithms specifically designed for the conditions of roads in India. It is an electric vehicle, and there will be about 28 sensors on this car.

The investigators churned out data through a car that has been equipped with various sensors to gather information about the roads and navigational characteristics. This car has been running in the terrible traffic of Bengaluru. 

The challenges that the team is facing is the massive amount of power required to process the data that has been collected, which is comparatively larger than that collected in other regions. To deal with this, the team is using Neuromorphic computer chips. These chips imitate neural processing of the brain and require less power.  

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