In the tech industry, self-driving cars are the most popular topic and the much-talked topic in the recent years. While the global players such as Tesla are trying to bring this on-road and have also released few self-driving vehicles while India is not lagging behind and has startups already working on this self-driving technology. Let’s look at the Indian startups that are working towards self-driving cars in the country.
Fisheyebox is a tech startup which is located in Kolkata, India. The company is focused on creating self-driving cars for a low budget of around INR 20 lakhs. Their main aim is to create self-driving cars with comparatively low-tech using sensors, cameras and antennae in order to present a modified version of the car to the world.
Their car can be controlled with a joystick and has features such as voice recognition and software voice commands such as “start engine”.
Flux Auto is a tech driving startup which is based in Bangalore, India. They are focused on developing the self-driving technology on the existing and new commercial vehicles. They convert or transform a normal truck into a driverless truck.
The team is focused on developing the vehicles at a much more lower cost is expecting the budget to remain between USD 3,000 – USD 4,500 which will vary according to the requirements of the customers.
It is a 16-member startup which was founded by Pranav Manpuria
Netradyne is an Artificial Intelligence startup which is based in Bangalore, India and San Diego, the US. The company uses Artificial Intelligence to improve the safety of drivers and roads. They offer a camera which will help in analyzing the driving patterns and would find out the cause of the accident.
The device developed by this startup is Driveri which has a size of a bar of soap and will be attached to the rear view mirror and on the inside of the windscreen of the vehicle.
The startup was founded by Avneesh Agarwal who was the former president of South Asia and India for Qualcomm Inc. and David Julian who was the principal engineer of an US based chip maker.
ATImotors is a Bangalore based startup which focuses on designing self driving cargo vehicles with a major focus on the market outside India. The startup is focusing on making a new kind of vehicle which they internally call as mule. They have decided to take a road which has never been taken before.
It was founded by V. Vinay, Saurabh Chandra and Saad Nasser.
Hi Tech Robotic Systemz
Hi Tech Robotic Systemz is a smart robotics startup which has its headquarters in Gurgaon. The company is focused in taking self-driving cars in India to a higher level. For the Auto Expo Motor Show 2016 in India the company had launched a completely autonomous electric vehicle named Novus Drive.
The company also offers services in Machine learning, motion planning and control, sensor fusion, computer vision technologies and so on.
Swaayatt Robots is a technology-based startup which is focused on developing self-driving on road and off-road cars. They use technologies such as LIDAR and RADAR redundant in making cars for working in the extremely difficult traffic situation and unstructured environmental conditions like India.
The company is currently using a Mahindra Bolero in testing the technologies. The company is founded by Sanjeev Sharma who is an alumnus of IIT Roorkee.
SeDriCa 1.0 is an autonomous driving vehicle which was developed by the innovation cell of IIT Bombay. They had secured the fourth spot globally for the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition (IGVC) during the year 2016.
The team is planning to focus on bringing in some more features in the vehicle by adding GPS/INS, stereo cameras and LiDAR to gather information on the immediate environmental conditions.
OmniPresent Robot is one of the leading robotics providers in India. The company is widely known for building drones for industrial inspections other than that it also working continuously on developing an autonomous car.
The company other than the normal features and techniques is also trying to introduce Machine Learning and Deep Learning into their car in order to increase the performance of the vehicle.
Auro Robotics is another robotics provider of India which was started by the alumni of IIT Kharagpur. The company is working on a self-driving shuttle which is currently undergoing campus trials which is running in the University of Santa Clara.
The main aim of the company is to come up with driving solutions by providing end-to-end self-driving shuttles in college campuses, residential communities, private road settings and corporate parks.
Playment was founded in the year 2015 and is based in Bangalore, India. The company is developing a self-driving car with the help of radar, LiDAR and camera. The company has secured investments from YCombinator, Silicon Valley just to name a few.
What cars are self-driving today?
Tesla Model S, Cadillac CT6, Nissan Rogue and BMW X7 are some of the top self-driving cars.
What is the cheapest self driving car?
Ford Fusion, Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Toyota Prius are some of the top affordable cars with Self-Driving Features.
What is the most advanced self-driving car?
Honda has the world's most advanced self-driving car - the Honda Legend with Level 3 Autonomous Driving.
Self-driving cars are expected to be the new normal in the next few years. Even though there are concerns by the global companies about Indian roads and traffic, the Indian startups are working towards solving the concerns faced by the global tech giants.
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