India Will Ban Self-Driving Cars To Protect Jobs
The world’s second most populated country, India does not want to be part of the change sweeping through the auto industry.
Indian authorities have rejected self-driving car technology which is becoming quite popular in the West.
Reason? Well, self-driving cars are a looming threat to human drivers.
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And India does not want this technology because it will steal millions of jobs from taxi drivers.
India's transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari told reporters that the country's government will not rescind its position.
“We won’t allow driverless cars in India," he said according to the Hindustan Times.
"I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs," Gadkari added.
According to Gadkari, the country is facing a shortage of roughly 22,000 commercial drivers.
He adds that he'd like to put citizens in need of work behind the wheels to make up for this shortage of drivers.
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Gadkari said he plans to address the growing demand for drivers with 100 new government-sponsored training institutions across the country, which he claimed could lead to 500,000 new commercial drivers over the next five years.