India’s First Driverless Car: Bangaluru’s techie- Dr. Roshy John develops

Chennai: The Bangaluru- based technologist- Dr. Roshy John and his friends have recently, developed the first driverless car in India. John started his research on development, after a tragedy occasioned to him, five years ago when met with the experience of near- death, which led him to think for such ‘driverless car’.

Dr.Roshy John did his Ph.D in Robotics from National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India. He has over twelve years of experience in developing robots for different Industries such as high tech, consumer electronics, automotive, retail and banking.

John who was headed home from the air terminal in taxi, when the sleepy driver ran his car into another vehicle, that time he went over near- death experience, which inspired him to develop such a car.

The Banguluru- based techie is a practice head at TCS specifically in robotics and cognitive. He and his 29- member team worked together for developing the software and algorithms in their leasure time and thereby they developed a 3D model to test it. Moreover, notably, his developed car is not yet tested in the road drive, but as per John’s hope, he will get permission from the traffic police soon on such experiment.

In the year, 2011, John has purchased a Nano car testifying the Software. He believed that the Tata Nano car is better for his software test, as it is a care made in India.

Further, notably, the other big car manufacturers from around the globe are investing big bucks for developing the driverless cars, and such majors includes- Nissan, BMW, Daimler, etc.

As in connection with his developed system, he explained that that he has onboard diagnostics- a regular feature which is used mostly in cars today, and a scanner to monitor the engine. He said that getting data from the car for accelerating or slowing down based on the RPM, was considered important by him. Thus, he and his team, by creating an algorithm using a custom cluster (multiple computers) were able to read all parameters of the engine.

Moreover, there are other devises are also found involved in the experiment, so that the wheel encoding, speeding, etc. were to be managed. Thus, using such amazing gadgets and brilliant human efforts, the autonomous car can be driven the roads like a human. It was also marked that the said autonomous car of John drove, in May, 2012 the roads of Bengaluru for the first time.

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