IIT Hyderabad to test driverless vehicles in 6 months
The institute has launched a project under the Technology Innovation Hub on autonomous navigation and data navigation systems (TiHAN) of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Hyderabad is planning to test driverless vehicles capable of operating on roads, air and water within six months, beginning on its Kandi campus in Sangareddy district.
At a press conference, IIT Hyderabad Director BS Murthy said the institute has launched a project under the Technology Innovation Hub on autonomous navigation and data navigation systems (TiHAN) of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and remotely operated vehicles (ROVs).
He said they were working on several technological improvements and that the work on UAVs and ROVs will be a historic project in the IIT Hyderabad history.
The project that began last year was being worked on by a group of teachers, researchers, and students. The department of science and technology has allocated INR 135 crore for the test bed construction project. The Director said the vehicle will be tested on the test-bed within six months, with the team of scientists building the prototype.
He claimed that they have not used fuel-powered cars on campus for mass transportation since September last year and that they have been utilising rented electric vehicles for all mass transit reasons from the main entry gate to various portions of the campus.
He further said they will soon replace rented vehicles with electric vehicles built by their own teachers and students. The unmanned vehicles on land, air, and sea will also be operational soon, as they were planning to test the vehicles within six months. “Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, we had a great year with world-class research, academic achievement, the best-ever placement season, a state-of-the-art centre of excellence, and major campus growth,” Murthy said.
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