Delhi gets its 1st Automated Driving Test Center

To make passenger vehicles more safe, Delhi India gets its 1st Automated Driving Test Center. Hon’ble Minister of Transport, Delhi Government, Shri. Kailash Gahlot today inaugurated Delhi’s first Fully Automated Driving Test Centre (ADTC) at the Regional Transport Office in Mayur Vihar Phase I. Simultaneously, three more ADTCs started operating in the city at Vishwas Nagar, Sarai Kale Khan and Shakur Basti. These ADTCs are set up and maintained as a CSR initiative by Maruti Suzuki India Limited as part of its agreement with the Department of Transport, NCT of Delhi.

On the occasion, Mr. Ajay Kumar Tomer, Executive Director (Corporate Planning), Maruti Suzuki said, “Road Safety is an important CSR intervention for Maruti Suzuki. We have been working in this area for over a decade through multiple interventions for improving road safety scenario in the country. Delhi Government’s decision to adopt advanced technology to issue driving licenses is an important step towards road safety.”

He added, “The use of high resolution cameras, real-time video, instant results, online registration, all together make the entire process much more convenient and efficient. These also help to get accurate and consistent results.”

This all new high tech ADTCs at Delhi aims to make issuance of driving license, comprehensive, convenient and more efficient with minimal human intervention.

Use of Hi-tech in the test center includes automated driving test facilities use access control along with bio-metric, RFID recognition system. Access Control will permit entry of applicants only at the pre-assigned time slots, thus making it efficient and convenient. In addition, it also gets advanced multiple high definition cameras to evaluate applicants against 20 essential driving skills, in-line with Central Motor Vehicles Rules (CMVR).

In order to test reverse parallel parking, up-gradient, Forward-8, Reverse-S, Traffic Junction, H-Track for four-wheelers scientifically designed tracks are included. A track to test overtaking skills have also been introduced for the 1st time.

The Department of Transport, Delhi Government will continue to conduct the tests and issue driving licenses to qualifying applicants at all Centres. Maruti Suzuki has invested over Rs. 20 Cr to set up these facilities. While the Department of Transport, Delhi will operate the facility immediately, Maruti Suzuki will maintain it for next 3 years. This infrastructure, developed jointly with the Department of Transport, Delhi Government, ensures that applicants are tested for skills that are actually required as per CMVR.

In order to save time, special exit passage on each track are made so the applicants who fail can exit mid-way without disturbing other applicants and thus save time.

To test applicants for Two-wheeler license a serpentine track has created, so that they can showcase their maneuvering skills. They will also be tested for emergency braking skills and skills to ride on a straight ramp, both introduced for the first time.

Maruti Suzuki India will set up similar ADTCs at 8 other locations across the city. These locations are: Lado Sarai, Raja Garden, Hari Nagar, Burari, Loni, Rohini, Jharoda Kalan and Dwarka.

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Hrushikesh Dhumal

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