In what could be seen as a move to improve its brand image, Tata Motors is planning to leap ahead of its Indian competitors in the technology game. Zee Business reports that the largest Indian automaker has started working on autonomous car technology which is being actively pursued by automotive and technology giants across the globe.
The publication reports that Tata driverless car prototype could start testing on public roads in about two years’ time. It’s possible that the automaker could have some sort of technology arrangement with Google which is on the forefront of the autonomous car technology.
It’s to be noted that, earlier this year, Mahindra-Reva had submitted a proof of concepts of driverless technology to the UK and Singapore governments to request permission to test the prototypes on public roads. It was reported that Mahindra would be ready with its prototype in 3-4 years and this could mean that Tata would be leading the game.
The Indian government’s ban on the use of radio frequencies which are used in the radar-based driverless modules had been a great obstacle for automakers when it came to development and testing of such systems in India. However, now that India has de-licensed certain frequency ranges, R&D in this domain is expected to pick up pace in the country.