TO DECONGEST TRAFFIC IITians ASKED TO DEVELOP PASSENGER DRONES

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The Hush Post: Can we have something like the flying cars in the near future! Something similar to flying cars are the passenger drone which can help reduce the choked city roads. This is particularly good for cities like Delhi, Mumbai or even Ludhiana.

The good news is that none other than the students from the premier IITs could do a lot in developing such tools, minister of state for civil aviation Jayant Sinha has said.
Speaking at the Techfest at the IIT, Bombay, Sinha said the government is working towards bringing in regulations for the drones which will help faster and better development of such technologies.

“Drones are a massive opportunity. Like electric vehicles, drones will also use the same electric motors and batteries, but the only difference is that they will be in the sky. We are working towards regulations for drones that will help make the technology more progressive,” Sinha said. The flying objects are being used extensively today for various applications like delivery, surveillance, and mapping, among others, Sinha said. The latest work is on manufacturing passenger drones.

Sinha further said that if developed properly, the passenger drones service can be priced on the lines of fares of the autorickshaws. He also said that there is a huge opportunity for inventions in the fields of electric vehicles and financial technology.

Since schemes like Aadhaar and payment app BHIM initiatives in the world of finance has proved to be a boon, similarly in the mode of transportation there is a lot of scope for newer things.

On the scope in electric vehicles market, he said, “We are the largest exporter of two-wheelers today. If we make progress in the electric vehicles field we can also be the largest exporter of e-cars.”

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