The concept of self-driving cars replacing conventional cars has been been a trending discussion but the implementation of this has been varying due to safety reasons. However, many believe that automated cars will bring about more safety and efficiency as drivers are extremely concerned about damaging their vehicles along the way.
It seems that Changan, a company based in China, is aiming to solve this dilemma by being the first company to introduce self-driving cars to Pakistan. The company recently opened a plant in Karachi and has a production capacity of 50,000 units. This is primarily a strategic export base for drivers who opt for right-hand drive.
Currently, the company is testing its respective vehicles’ self-parking ability and much more. According to the Marketing & Sales Director of the company, Mr. Shabbiruddin, the biggest challenge in the introduction is that Pakistan’s roads do not include proper lanes for navigation. Moreover, the roads of China and Pakistan have a huge difference which is why Changan is focusing on testing its cars in Pakistan.
However, in regards to this challenge the Director stated the following:
“It will tell the driver that the driver has to take over steering because of a lack of lanes. It needs lanes on roads to assess the right direction.”
Moreover, this new technology is said to be more efficient and safe as autonomous driving ensures more safety under low-visibility conditions such as fog and rain. According to a report by Bloomberg, this technology could prevent numerous deaths and accidents globally.