Even though driverless cars may appear to be the way of the future, India is against having such vehicles on its roads. In reports by The Times of India and Hindustan Times, its transport minister Nitin Gadkari said it will not allow driverless cars to ply on India’s roads.

“We won’t allow driverless cars in India. I am very clear on this. We won’t allow any technology that takes away jobs. In a country where you have unemployment, you can’t have a technology that ends up taking people’s jobs,” he said, adding that driverless cars are counterintuitive to the government’s focus to create more jobs.

Furthermore, Gadkari has informed all overseas electric vehicle manufacturers that his ministry will not provide any tax relief from import duty of such vehicles that are entering India. “I have told the manufacturers that they can come and manufacture here. There is no question of tax relief,” he stated.

The topic of driverless cars has its fair share of detractors and supporters, the former claiming such vehicles will not only have an impact on employment opportunities, but also whether they are safe. On the other hand, fans of driverless cars say the technology, given enough development, will outperform what a normal human is capable of.