Odisha Revamps Driver Licensing with AI-Powered Testing

Bhubaneswar: Odisha’s Transport Department has introduced Automated Driving Test Stations (ADTS) across six Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) in the state, with plans to expand to all 38 RTOs soon. These stations, launched in Ganjam, Chandikhole, Rourkela, Angul, Sundargarh, and Keonjhar, aim to enhance transparency in the driving license testing process.

Supported by the Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), a sophisticated software has been developed to automate the entire driving test procedure. This software utilizes advanced cameras to meticulously record applicants’ performances during the test, allowing for an objective assessment of their driving skills. The AI-powered system aims to remove human bias, ensuring accurate and swift outcomes.

Under the traditional system, applicants were assessed by motor vehicle inspectors (MVIs) on various tracks. However, the new ADTS will revolutionize this process, making it more transparent and efficient.

Moreover, to address roadside parking-related accidents, the Transport Commissioner, Amitabh Thakur, has announced plans to establish truck terminals at 23 locations. These terminals will offer various amenities for drivers and transporters and will have a capacity of accommodating 100-300 trucks each. Construction of these terminals is expected to be completed within 12-18 months.

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