Driv­ing test goes dig­i­tal in Karur, TN plans to have 13 more sim­i­lar test tracks

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Tamil Nadu gov­ern­ment, un­der the Karur Re­gional Trans­port Of­fice (RTO), has got its first elec­tronic driv­ing test­ing track for cars and twowheel­ers. Set up at a cost of Rs 40 lakh, this is the first such track in Tamil Nadu, even the en­tire coun­try. The State gov­ern­ment has plans to es­tab­lish 13 more such tracks in the state investing Rs 10 crore. The digi­tised test tracks will en­sure that ev­ery li­cense-holder will be a well­trained driver.

The test­ing track model was de­signed by a group of 25 stu­dents and 2 fac­ulty mem­bers of the IT and ECE Depart­ments of M Ku­marasamy Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing in Karur. Shan­muga Ve­layu­dam, Pro­fes­sor and Head of the IT Depart­ment of the col­lege, told Au­toCom­po­nents

In­dia, “The RTO of­fi­cial who con­ducts the test will be in­side a room mon­i­tor­ing the driver’s move­ments and ob­serv­ing through cam­era and sen­sors the way he drives. No of­fi­cial will be sit­ting next to the li­cence-seeker to as­sess his driv­ing. Eval­u­a­tion and ev­ery other assess­ment will be done from the mon­i­tor­ing room. Re­sult will be con­veyed in­per­son. This is a com­pul­sory test in the Karur RTO now for get­ting a driv­ing li­cence.”

No one can cheat as there is a fin­ger­print check­ing to en­sure that the per­son who had ap­plied for the li­cence is tak­ing the test. The au­to­mated test course holds an H-track, a slope and a sharp curve through which ap­pli­cants should drive with­out hit­ting the sides. As the sides hold vi­bra­tion sen­sors it will raise an alarm when the ve­hi­cle slams to it. The ap­pli­cant has to go through the en­tire trial to get his li­cence and it takes around 7-8 min­utes to com­plete.

The track also has a 32-feet long slope, where one has to stop and start. An alarm goes off if the driver is un­able to halt or pro­ceed with­out rolling back. Each ap­pli­cant is al­lowed 2 chances and is de­clared failed only when the alarm rings for the third time.

“For two-wheel­ers, we have the usual ‘8’ with­out the sen­sors. It only has a video cam­era to see whether they pass the test. With the help of this, we get more trained driv­ers. They also learn a lot of other things that in­cludes break­ing ap­pli­ca­tion, par­al­lel park­ing etc.,” Pro­fes­sor Ve­layud­ham said.

Now the track is not open for the public to try their skills be­fore the real test. “In fu­ture, it may be opened”, he said. “Our first project was an Ac­ci­dent Sta­tus Re­port (ASR), which is in an­droid and web ap­pli­ca­tion fully done by the IT Depart­ment. It was done ex­clu­sively for the RTO and is still live. After its suc­cess, we got this project and was ready by 2016. The first pro­to­type was re­viewed, and the of­fi­cials sug­gested a few changes. After the al­ter­ations, it has now been im­ple­mented. This will be ben­e­fi­cial to many and it will re­duce the rate of road ac­ci­dents,” the Pro­fes­sor said.

As of now, the Karur au­to­mated driv­ing test track is in the study mode. Once, this is per­fected and proved to be suc­cess­ful, the rest of the track projects across Tamil Nadu is ex­pected to be given to Depart­ment. Mean­while the col­lege has also ap­plied for a patent for this tech­nol­ogy.

The team from M Ku­marasamy Col­lege of En­gi­neer­ing in Karur that de­vel­oped the test track

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