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Why India Won't Be Adopting Self-Driving Technology

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Most of the world is embracing the future of autonomous driving. Car manufacturers continue to implement automation features, like Tesla’s Autopilot or Mercedes-Benz’s Distronic Plus. It’s paving the way for higher-level self-driving vehicles, but don’t count India among the countries adopting this technology anytime soon.

Nitin Gadkari, India’s minister of transport and highways, gave no room for discussion on the future of autonomy in a statement on Tuesday: “We won’t allow driverless cars in India. 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.”