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Indian Tesla? Driverless Car Spotted In Tamil Nadu: Video

In what has to be the funniest automobile incident in India in recent times, an old Fiat car was spotted running along a highway with the only person inside sitting on the passenger’s seat. The old man, who was wearing a mask, was seen sitting beside the driver’s seat, as the Fiat Padmini was cruising across lanes on a three-lane highway. Some of the car enthusiasts went on to wonder if the man actually had some piece of technology in that old car, but this was not revealed.

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Driverless Car Spotted In Tamil Nadu

Many people on the internet were left perplexed on seeing the video, which was posted by a man who was driving behind this “autonomous” vehicle. The car was seen expertly overtaking other vehicles and maneuvering across the lanes with no “apparent driver”. The video had some discussion by the cameraman in a local language, and it was then posted on Facebook with the caption “How is this possible?”

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Many people had interesting theories as to how this happened, with one person even mentioning that it could be a left-hand drive car with a fake steering wheel. But the reply to this comment was the most compelling theory of all:

No, it’s not a left-hand drive, it’s a right-hand drive car. The trick is that the front seat is a single-piece (unlike normal cars which have the passenger’s seat separated from the driver’s), and the gear is under the steering wheel. Once he reaches the highway in top gear, he moves from the driver’s seat to the adjacent seat. He uses the throttle pedal from there and has his hand on the steering. In case of an emergency, he can slide over back to the driver’s seat. Most of the time, he drives his car on a three-laned highway, so he always gets one lane free.

The people reacting to this post started making some funny comments on Facebook, such as “Tesla’s coming to steal his technology” and that the man is “returning from the USA”. One of the people also mentioned that the man has this regular habit of driving his car while sitting on the passenger’s seat. He is reportedly from Vellore and has been spotted driving around like this many times.

When it comes to Indian news, we keep getting hilarious tidbits like these to distract us from the more serious issues. They act as the stressbusters in our day-to-day lives, adding a bit of comedy. Who would have wondered upon waking up today that you would read about a man in Tamil Nadu who was seen cruising around in his self-driven car, that too a Fiat? We only have one thing to say – autonomous vehicles seem to be coming faster than we thought. Tesla, you’ve got some stiff competition over here!

Mihir Tasgaonkar
Mihir Tasgaonkar
A mechanical engineer who loves reading and writing about new technologies in the automobile industry.


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