Union Minister Inaugurates TiHAN Testbed for Autonomous Navigation at IIT Hyderabad

Futuristic ‘autonomous navigation’ facility will help develop unmanned ground and air vehicles

Union Minister of State (independent office) Science and Technology; Minister of State (Independent Charge) Earth Sciences; MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has inaugurated a state-of-the-art “autonomous navigation” facility to develop unmanned ground and aerial vehicles in IIT Hyderabad Campus.

The minister also interacted with startups developing unmanned ground motor vehicles like driverless motor cars, driverless bicycles, etc., and unmanned aerial vehicles, including drones of various shapes and sizes.

Funded by the Union Ministry of Science and Technology with a budget of Rs 130 crore, the “Technology Innovation Hub on Autonomous Navigation” is a multi-disciplinary initiative, which will position India as a global player in futuristic technology and next-generation “Smart Mobility”.

Dr. Jitendra Singh listened carefully to the experience of young startups, engaged in unmanned vehicle navigation projects and suggested that they should be linked to industry for more sustenance and growth.

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