self driving cars india

In October 2016, we reported that a survey by World Economic Forum had revealed that as much as 85 percent of adult Indians are willing to ride in self-driving vehicles. Now, after six months, an another survey conducted by tech giant IBM has revealed that Indian consumers show a high level of interest in the intelligent, intuitive and self-driving cars.

Titled “Auto 2025”, the survey was conducted across 16 countries and shows that Indian consumers are very interested in all aspects of automated car functioning such as self-driving, self-healing, self-configuring, and self-integrating. Indians selected self-driving capabilities most often with 74% of people preferring it. Even the least selected self-integrating capability is appealing to 69% of Indian consumers, said the survey.

The survey finding said that 53% of Indian consumers consider themselves tech-savvy, which is much ahead of the 38% number in growth market and 40% in mature market.


“Consumers in India are more keen on trying out new things, with ongoing digitisation, and they are more aggressive than the growth markets,” said Alexander Scheidt, VicePresident and Executive Partner, Global Automotive Industry leader, IBM.

Scheidt added that over 10% of the population in India, which is a huge number, is open to new models and new ways of mobility which should prompt the industry to think about catering to the needs and providing the services.

The survey also said that 97% of Indian respondent want to own or drive a car in the next ten years, and among them — 35 years and older respondents expect their use of personal cars as their primary mode of transportation to drop by 12% by 2025, but anticipate their use of car & ride-sharing will double.

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Sriram Lakshminarayanan, automotive Industry Leader, Client Innovation Center, IBM India, said “Autonomous cars is still a wish-list item for India since most of the cars in the country are not even application enabled”. He added that the first steps towards automation and connected cars in India should be subscription-based services that offer basic utility alerts such as headlights left open, doors unlocked, or car-tracking facility on the driver’s smartphone.

To recall, nuTonomy, a MIT startup which had already launched its self-driving cabs on the roads of Singapore, last year, thinks that self driving cars will not work in India due its dense traffic condition [Read Here].

Notably, teams at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) are currently meticulously working on ‘autonomous vehicle solutions’ or self driving car which can tackle Indian roads with dense traffic.

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