Mahindra is going to enter the elite club of Google, Tesla, BMW and Audi with its new technology of driverless cars. Mahindra Reva, the electric subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra has developed the concept of driverless cars in the UK and Singapore. The experiment has conducted in their Bengaluru facility, and they are waiting for respective governments’ approval to start running these cars on road.
The company will take 3-4 years to develop the production of Reva while the road tests first would be carried out in the UK and Singapore. The car will be driven by the software control and the development at the company research and development facilities in India in partnership with technology arm, Tech Mahindra.
The company has declined to comment on the development, but only said that the company had always been innovative and this was another feather on the cap.
The challenge that the company is now facing to incorporate different technologies for different countries because of varied regulatory environment.
The automotive companies are now more focusing on different technologies such as cruise control, reverse parking camera, lane-departure detection etc. Apple has also developed apps for automobile and planning to launch its new electric car model.
Currently Mahindra Reva has now 12,000 electric cars on India’s roads with more than 100 sensors attached. The research and development wing is now analysing the features and innovate it wherever required.
The company has cleared that it has no intention to test driveless cars in India now. The company stresses on the US, Europe and South East Asia markets.