Suzuki India in collaboration with Microsoft Research India has developed a
smart phone based technology for testing applicants seeking driver’s license.
The technology - HAMS (Harnessing Automobile for Safety) - has been deployed at
Automated Driving Test Centre (ADTC), Dehradun in association with the
Transport Department, Government of Uttarakhand.
technology is being developed and tested jointly by Maruti Suzuki-promoted
Institute of Driving and Traffic Research (IDTR) and Microsoft Research India.
Suzuki has partnered with State Governments to set up state-of-the-art
Automated Driving Test Centres. These centres are equipped with advanced video
analytic technology to check driving skills of the applicants and replace
manual assessment of candidates.
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% as compared to over 90% in the earlier
manual testing mode. The feedback from the candidates, including those who fail
the test, has been positive. The candidates appreciate the objectivity and transparency
of the entire process.
Working of HAMS
the testing process, the applicant’s car is fastened with a HAMS-enabled
smartphone that monitors the driver as well as the road in-front. 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 maneuvers.
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
Facial recognition to address identity fraud
Automatic seat belt use detection, for safety compliance
Automatic detection of traffic signal violations
Ability to validate driving correctness for standard maneuvers like S-round
about, parallel parking, reverse parking
Monitoring kerb hits
Automatic generation of test score and
Video evidence for candidates who wish to review their test
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 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 modernize the driving
license test in our country. Starting with ADTC Dehradun, this technology will
be introduced in more centres across several States.”
the benefits to citizens, Shailesh Bagauli, IAS, Secretary, Department of Transport, Government
of Uttarakhand, said, “The Government of Uttarakhand is very proud
to start this state-of-the-art initiative, where we are using mobile
phone-based technology to conduct driver testing. We are delighted to partner
with Microsoft and IDTR in this initiative. I am sure we will be able to
deliver services in a transparent manner to our citizens.”
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.”
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