Vikash Sharma

The much-awaited automated driving testing system (ADTS) to bring transparency in issuing driving licenses has started in Odisha. With computers, sensors, and Artificial Intelligence (AI), automated driving testing has been inaugurated at six places- Ganjam, Chandikhole, Rourkela, Angul, and Sundargarh.

As many as 38 Regional Transport Offices (RTO) will soon have an automated driving testing system, informed Transport Commissioner Amitabh Thakur.

According to Thakur, there were complaints of partiality and bias while applying for a driving license. With the new driving testing system, everything will now be completely automated and tests will be computer-based and supervision will be done through AI.

“Now driving tests are being conducted by transport department personnel. During tests, it was alleged that there was some partiality. Now cameras have been installed and testing is done through a computer-based app. When a person is driving the vehicle, the programme examines whether the driving is ok or wrong,” said Thakur.

Apart from this, the Odisha government has decided to set up 23 truck terminals for drivers and transports. This comes after a lot of accidents were happening due to the wrong parking of trucks.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed between the State Transport Department and the National Cadet Corps (NCC). As part of the MoU, training will be provided to around 63,000 NCC cadets so that they will become the first responders in case of road accidents. They will be called as Junior Rakshaks.

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