India to ban driverless cars to protect citizens jobs

July 25, 2017 by  
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By the year 2030, 25 percent of American citizens will transit via self-driving vehicles – but the situation will be very different in India. This is because India’s transport and highways minister, Nitin Gadkari, announced today that self-driving cars will not be allowed in the country. He told reporters, “We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this.” As Engadget reports, the statement does not reflect safety concerns. Rather, Gadkari rejects self-driving vehicles because they could potentially take jobs away from drivers in the country. “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,” said Gadkari. India’s transport and highways minister added that the government is working on opening several training facilities across the country in an effort to ensure 5,000 more professional drivers take to the roads over the next few years. He rejects the notion of self-driving vehicles, even while admitting that India is presently short about 22,000 commercial drivers. Though the decision may seem like a negative development, India wasn’t on track to receive self-driving technology anytime soon. According to statements made by former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick and Google CEO Sundar Pichai, this is because the country’s haphazard roads and congested traffic present great barriers to the implementation of driverless cars. Related: Half of the World’s Consumers Trust Autonomous Cars, According to a New Study India-based Tata Elxsi is ambitious to introduce autonomous vehicles to the country, however. In recent months, the company has been testing self-driving vehicles on a track designed to resemble the country’s roads. Engineers have even gone as far as to install pedestrians, livestock, unsigned merge lanes and limited signage on the track to give the driverless cars as “real of an experience as possible.” With this new declaration by Gadkari, however, it is unknown what action the company will take. Via Engadget Images via Pixabay

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Solar’s Future Gets Brighter with New Discovery

September 12, 2013 by  
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For years, one of the greatest arguments against the implementation of solar power has been that it is expensive to harness. However, a recent discovery by Canadian researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton may prove to be a …

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Canada Unable to Reach 2020 Emission Reduction Target

August 3, 2011 by  
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Oh Canada. You may have more clean water than other nation and invented hockey, but it seems you are unable to keep your promises. Like many nations in the world, you promised to reduce your carbon emissions by the end of the decade, but according to a report from The National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) this will be impossible. Read the rest of Canada Unable to Reach 2020 Emission Reduction Target Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 2007 Kyoto Protocol Implementation Act (KPIA) , canada 2020 emission reduction target , Canada emission target , emission standards , emission targets , lowering emissions , National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) , nrtee canada emissions

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Higher National Renewable Energy Standard Means Hundreds of Thousands More Jobs by 2025

February 5, 2010 by  
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A new study is out on just how many new renewable energy industry jobs could be created in the United States by enacting a national renewable energy standard.

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