Reported Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jun 10:
Obtaining a driving licence (DL) in Odisha’s capital city has just got tougher. Starting today, licence seekers will be put through electronically simulated driving test track first.
Bhubaneswar RTO-I will introduce ‘Simulator testing’ from Wednesday to test persons applying for a learner’s licence in the city.
Designed to look like a prototype of a car with brakes, accelerator, steering, clutch and gear in place, the contraption offers a computerized driving experience by simulating real-life regular and adverse conditions.
“A person applying for driving licence now has to go through simulator testing. Simulator is a stationary car cabin with all controls (steering, gear, clutch, brakes etc) with multiple screens in front to resemble a real life driving situation via 3D imagery,” said Regional Transport Officer (RTO), Bhubaneswar, Lal Mohan Sethy.
The simulator uses computer software to mimic real life road situations and responds according to the driver’s inputs. It offers the learners the onscreen option to choose from a variety of climatic conditions, traffic situations and roads (highways or city roads) to drive, he added.
The electronic system will be first put into operation in Bhubaneswar. There are plans to replicate this model in other RTOs in the state, the officer said.
The performance of the computerized system will decide if the candidate is worthy of getting a licence.
Earlier, an applicant had to give only a driving test for getting a licence in which one has to pass through just one type of climatic condition. But after one sits for simulator test, he/she has to enter various tests like driving a vehicle in wet and swampy roads, turnings, humps, moving off, stopping, reversing, parking and negotiating at crossroads. The simulator promises to set new benchmarks in driving test in providing scientifically designed exposure for the new drivers, he pointed out.
Two simulators have been installed at Bhubaneswar RTO-I to test the new applicants seeking driving licence.
The applications of candidates will be considered for issuing driving licences only when he or she passes the tests.