Delhi Government has finalised a proposal to set up two automated driving test tracks at Mayur Vihar and Karkardooma Court. These tracks will be equipped with sensors and cameras as well as driving simulators on which license seekers will be tested.
East Delhi will get two of the proposed 12 automated driving test tracks across the national capital. These are to be located at DTC Terminal near Karkardooma Court and Mayur Vihar; a senior official of the Delhi Transport Department informed.
Confirming that the two automated driving test tracks will be coming up in East Delhi, a senior Delhi Transport Department official said that the proposals for these were cleared by the government. While the one in Mayur Vihar was finalised in December last year, the proposal for the test track at Karkardooma was cleared just a few days back.
“The department had in December last year proposed to set up automated driving test tracks at 12 different locations across the city. However, we had to change the locations of two of these tracks. The track of Surajmal Vihar will now be setup near Karkardooma Court while the one proposed in Hauz Khas, will come up at Lado Sarai,” an official said.
As per official sources, in December last year, a memorandum had been inked between the transport department of the Delhi Government and the Maruti Suzuki Foundation for these twelve automated driving test tracks. Of these, the one at Sarai Kale Khan in South Delhi is nearly ready for operations.
The other proposed tracks will be coming up at Burari, Jharoda Kalan, Dwarka, Pratap Nagar, Loni Border, Rohini, Raja Garden and Sakur Basti.
All these new tracks will be equipped with cameras and sensors and each would be spread across one acre of land. The government has fixed a nine month deadline for this project.
To avail a driving license, the applicants have to drive largely on a start road amidst traffic. The automated track would stimulate tougher driving conditions where a range of driving skills would be tested, including abilities to drive a vehicle on a hairpin bend and parallel parking.