Mahindra: India’s Candidate in the Domain of Driverless Cars
With companies like Google, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz and BMW dabbling in the world of driverless cars, Mahindra, an Indian vehicle maker, is expected to join this continuously growing list soon enough. According to reports, Mahindra is now working on their version of the driverless car for the Indian roads.
Mahindra Reva is the company’s electric car-making division. Experimenting in R&D has already been initiated at their Bengaluru facility, and testing of these cars will begin as soon as the requisite approvals are acquired. Mahindra Reva has already presented a proof of concept for the driverless car to UK and Singapore.
Though the prototypes would tested in the UK and Singapore, the software will be developed at Bangalore. Some of the software development processes are expected to be supervised by the group company Tech Mahindra. If everything goes as planned out, the first production-ready car should come out within the next four years.
Mahindra is also trying to crowdsource some innovative ideas in the area of driverless cars. Last month, the company initiated a driverless car challenge, inviting engineers to build such cars for a prize money of $700,000.
Companies around the world have taken up the challenge of creating self-driving cars, right from Apple to NASA. We could see the rewards of this project in the form of self-parking and collision avoiding Mahindra vehicles soon. A day, where driverless cars could be used as a regular mode of transport, does not look too far away.