Maruti Suzuki, Microsoft develop new driver training tech

    Maruti has developed this new smartphone base technology with Microsoft Research India to test driver’s license applicants.

    Published On Oct 29, 2020 06:00:00 AM


    Maruti Suzuki, Microsoft develop new driver training tech

    Maruti Suzuki India, in collaboration with Microsoft Research India, has developed a smartphone-based technology fortesting driver’s licenseapplicants.

    • The tech is being developed by Maruti Suzuki-promoted IDTR and Microsoft Research India
    • Its more stringent tests have reduced average pass rate to 54 percent
    • It uses advanced artificial intelligence models for efficient and accurate results.

    Harnessing Automobile for Safety (HAMS) technology

    The Harnessing Automobile for Safety (HAMS) technology has been deployed at the Automated Driving Test Centre (ADTC), Dehradun, in association with the Transport Department, Government of Uttarakhand. The technology is being developed and tested jointly by Maruti Suzuki-promoted Institute of Driving and Traffic Research (IDTR) and Microsoft Research India.

    Maruti Suzuki has partnered with state governments to setup state-of-the-art ADTCs. These centres are equipped with advanced video analytic technology to check the driving skills of the applicants and replace manual assessment of candidates.

    HAMS stringent test delivers accurate results

    Deployment of HAMS at ADTC Dehradun has brought encouraging changes in the testing process. It takes only 10 minutes to complete the test and generate the report. The average pass rate now stands at 54 percent, as compared to over 90 percent in the earlier manual testing mode. According to Maruti Suzuki, feedback from the candidates, including those who fail the test, has been positive. The candidates appreciate the objectivity and transparency of the entire process.

    Maruti Suzuki’s involvement

    Speaking on the deployment of this new test technology for driver training, Ajay Kumar Tomer, executive advisor, Maruti Suzuki India said, “Maruti Suzuki started its driving training initiative in 2000. We have cumulatively trained over 3.4 million drivers nationally. Efficient testing of candidates seeking a driver’s license is an important step towards imparting good driving behaviour. Use of latest technologies help bring transparency. HAMS, developed in partnership with Microsoft Research India, is an important tool to modernise the driving license test in our country. Starting with ADTC Dehradun, this technology will be introduced in more centres across several states.”

    Microsoft Research India’s view

    Highlighting the benefits of HAMS technology, Sriram Rajamani, managing director, Microsoft Research India said, “Positively impacting society by combining technology and human ingenuity has been a core objective for us, and the HAMS project is a great example of this. We use technology to help drivers drive safely. It is inspiring that Maruti Suzuki India and the Department of Transport, Government of Uttarakhand, see the potential to save lives using HAMS technology and are piloting this technology to help make Indian roads safer.”

    How HAMS works

    During the testing process, the applicant’s car is fastened with a HAMS-enabled smartphone that monitors the driver as well as the road infront. It employs advanced artificial intelligence models for efficient and robust operations. For driving tests, HAMS has been customised to include capabilities such as precise tracking of the vehicle’s trajectory during designated test manoeuvres.

    To ensure transparency, in case of a disagreement on the test results, applicants can also avail the option of viewing a video recording of their test drive.

    The key technical capabilities of the ADTC Dehradun include:

    • Facial recognition to address identity fraud
    • Automatic seatbelt-use detection for safety compliance
    • Automatic detection of traffic signal violations
    • Ability to validate driving correctness for standard manoeuvres like S-round about, parallel parking, reverse parking
    • Monitoring kerb hits
    • Automatic generation of test score and outcome
    • Video evidence for candidates who wish to review their test

    Also see:

    No physical documentation required: MoRTH on amendments to CMVR

    Government proposes to make obtaining driving license easier for colour-blind citizens

    Up to Rs 62,200 off on Maruti Suzuki Nexa cars in October 2020

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