In focus during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the U.S. was his establishment of a personal equation with U.S. President Donald Trump. The result seems to be positive with Mr. Modi saying there was a perfect meeting of minds between the two. There were several other, crucial outcomes of the three-day trip, one of them is when he met the top CEOs. His meeting with the Tesla CEO was the most fruitful.
Ever since Tesla had come up with the idea of driverless car, Indians were worried about who will pay the bribe in case of any traffic rule violations. It was a major worry of thousands of traffic personnel, policemen and also the politicians who also earn from such bribes indirectly. Even the common man was a worried lot as paying a small bribe is comfortable for him compared to paying the full penalty when the challan reaches his/her home.
But Elon Musk’s assurance to PM Modi has brought relief to India. Musk has assured Modi that all his driverless cars sold in India will be fitted with robotic hand which will offer bribe after any traffic violations. The money will be stored inside a cabinet in the car, and the hand will be programmed to take out money in accordance with the bribe applicable in that area. In case the hand detects any honest officer, it will just shake hands with the officer instead of handing out cash. Musk though requires some help from the PM to implement this project. He wants India to share photos of honest traffic men to program them into the system, so thet the robotic hand doesn’t pay bribes to such officers.
PM Modi has assured the country that the government will see to it that Tesla Motors fulfills the promise and no Indian is amplacted in a negative way with the launchg of the driverless vehicle.