Automated driving test to be put back on track

The hi-tech driving test track, which was inaugurated in the city just a year ago, is yet to be fully utilized by the Motor Vehicles Department.

Published: 18th October 2013 11:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 18th October 2013 11:46 AM   |  A+A-


The hi-tech driving test track, which was inaugurated in the city just a year ago, is yet to be fully utilized by the Motor Vehicles Department. The test ground, which was built at a cost of `1.75 crore, is aimed at revolutionizing the driving test process. It was the first to be implemented in the state as part of a Centre-sponsored project by the Institute of Driving Testing and Research (IDTR). However, only the ‘H’ track is being used for four-wheelers and the 8 track for two-wheelers. The department found that three tracks had glitches in its measurements. MVD officials point out that the parking track and the gradient test track cannot be used as they are faulty. The gradient is very steep and leaves drivers in a tricky situation, where they have to stop the vehicle midway in the slope and drive without slipping. “One of the major problems with the track is that the gradient track is very steep, which is why it cannot be used for test. For 10 m, the height should be 1 metre,. However, here it is 1.5 m. We are moving the paper works for its modification. Changes will be made and the entire track can be used very soon,” says Rajeev Puthalath, Kozhikode RTO. The parking track also has defects as it has a different kind of design. “ The track is a little zigzag. This design can only be seen here. It usually has parallel, perpendicular and angular parking designs. Only the second half of the track is lying unused. The rest is functional,” says an MVD official. The test centre has the facility to issue driving licences for light motor vehicles, twowheelers and three-wheelers. There is no human evaluation in the test process. The highlight of these tracks is that they have overhead video sensors which are directly connected to the control room. The live video from the sensors are fed to the control room, which is later analysed. The results are generated using this analysis. The applicants can also view their performance if they are not fully satisfied with the report.

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