With a large number of developed countries around the globe pioneering the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles for private and mass transit as well as logistics and trucking, some countries face bigger challenges than others.
India, the rapidly growing international hub both in terms of GDP and population, faces a distinct and hard to remedy challenge in the use of autonomous vehicles.
R.C. Bhargava, Chairman of Maruti Suzuki, has essentially ruled out rapid deployment of autonomous vehicles in his native India. Indian motorists are too unpredictable and follow too few rules in order for autonomous cars to integrate in to their traffic schemes.
Bhargava appreciates and even stresses the importance of autonomous technologies in increasing the efficiency of India's road network.
Sadly, the solution to this problem is not as simple as passing legislation, it requires a cultural shift and that will take many years. India is unlikely to be able to adopt autonomous vehicles at the same rate as the western world and China. The economic and social effects of this will be interesting to monitor.
I'm a PhD student in the UK looking in to consumer innovation resistance toward autonomous vehicles. This will be a blog about both my research specifically and the wider autonomous vehicle landscape.