Advanced Driver aids might be mandatory by 2022 says Nitin Gadkari: Will make Indian roads safer!

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari recently announced at the SIAM annual convention that the government was working towards making Indian roads safer by adding ADAS as a mandate for all cars in India by 2022.

The SIAM annual convention which was held in the first week of September is an essential event for the Indian Automotive industry, it's a single platform for the government to address the automotive industry and for the automotive industry to have their concerns heard by the government. This years’ SIAM summit focused on shared and connected mobility and the cost of implementation of BS6. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also tried to further his stance on improving road safety in India. Largely by improving the quality of the vehicles fail-safe systems like ABS and airbags. At the moment all new cars introduced into the Indian market will have to meet more stringent crash test norms. The next year, all existing cars will also be required to meet these norms. Other safety features, like reverse parking sensors and speed reminders, are set to become standard as well.

Building on this at the 2018 SIAM conference, Union Minister for Road and Highway Transport said that they are working towards introducing a mandate which will bring Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) in all cars by 2022. Now even at face value, and considering the given timeline, this seems like a tall order. Intelligent driver assist programs are expensive to install, and will greatly add to the floor price of cars across the spectrum if this is bought in place. Naturally, we expect the entire spectrum of auto manufacturers to be concerned over this, but before that one must consider the merit. ADAS or Advanced Driver Assistance Systems use artificial intelligence to monitor both outside and in-car environments to ensure driver errors are reduced to an absolute minimum.

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