Changan Wants To Be The First Company To Bring Self-Driving Vehicles To Pakistan

There has been a trending debate around the idea of self-driving vehicles replacing traditional cars, but the implementation of this has been different due to safety reasons. But, as drivers are greatly worried about destroying their cars along the route, many expect that autonomous cars would offer more safety and efficiencies.

It appears that Changan, a Chinese-based firm, seeks to resolve this problem by becoming Pakistan's first self-driving vehicle. The company just opened an installation in Karachi with 50,000 units of production capacity. This is mostly a strategic export base for right-hand drivers.

The company is currently checking the self-parking ability of their respective vehicles and much more. The biggest problem in the launch is that Pakistan's roads do not have proper navigable lanes, according to Mr. Shabbiruddin, the Marketing & Sales Manager of the firm. In addition, Changan is focused on testing the vehicles in Pakistan on the roads of China and Pakistan. There is a great difference between the two.

The Director reported the following, however, in regards to this challenge:

"The driver will be told that because of a lack of lanes the driver is to take over. It needs roadways to evaluate the right direction."

In addition, the current technology has been called more effective and secure as self-contained driving provides greater security under conditions of low visibility, such as fog and rain. The technology could avoid many deaths and accidents worldwide according to a Bloomberg report.

Shabbiruddin also stressed the importance of independent driving by noting that braking time is faster for self-driving vehicles as compared to human brakes. He further added:

"The driver is currently legally bound on his driving seat. A driver must hold his hands on the steering system above a certain speed limit, for instance, 40 km/h, if the car starts to warn."

In short, even if you have an auto that can be driven by itself, this does not mean that the drivers will actually abandon the steering wheel and allow the vehicle to do it all by itself since these improvements can improve safety but are not about to replace human drivers entirely.

With this in mind, Shakib Khan, an analyst for the car industry, said: 

"This will be an improvement on such features. Yet self-sufficient level 3 is not just driving the vehicle itself. It will serve to take your eyes away from the windscreen when in jams. However, that won't mean you sit in the office in your car and park on its own. A driver still should be at the wheel."

Chagan has now sold more than 20 million cars worldwide and is on the verge of starting the M10 and M9 pick-up vehicles. But in a personal sense, the idea of self-driving cars in Pakistan would rely on the operator, the traffic, and the affordability of the car for the average driver. The length and sustainability of such cars are incredible.