Monippally: The automated driving test track and vehicle testing station of the Motor Vehicle Department is nearing completion in Monippally. The system need only power connection to start functioning. It is the first driving testing track in the district that functions with the help of computer and camera.

The construction was started two-and-a-half years ago. Power connection and generator facility is available in the automated vehicle testing station, which was completed a year ago. Keltron is in charge of the construction in the 2.5-acre plot at Monippally Kallidukki under Moovattupuzha irrigation project.

With the arrival of the modern track, the traditional driving test in the temporary track made using iron bars will be replaced. The ‘8’ shaped track is used to test driving efficiency of two wheelers and three wheelers, whereas the ‘H’ track is used for testing four wheelers. In the new system, a slope and a track to test the reverse driving skill also have been arranged. There is a signal light in the slope. It intends to test the skill to drive forward if the vehicle turned off in the ascend.

The driving will be assessed using the cameras in the track and the computer inside the office. The system is capable of detecting even the slightest error. Both the clearance and failure outputs will be prepared by the computer. The vehicle testing and fitness test will be carried out in the automated testing station, which will ensure precision of the test. Presently, there are automated testing stations in Parassala, Kozhikode and Kannur. The initial cost of the project was Rs 3 crore.