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The Department of Land Transport (DLT) is raising the overall standard of driving tests by introducing an e-driving system developed by vocational students to ensure standardized assessment.
Mr. Sanit Phromwon, Director-General of the Department of Land Transport has collaborated with the Vocational Education Commission to develop prototypes for the e-driving system as a tool to standardize the assessment of driving skills across the country.
The collaboration encourages students studying in vocational schools under the Office of the Vocational Education Commission to develop their skills for practical use.
The students have also created an installation and maintenance manual, which is a great opportunity for vocational students to develop skills that are needed by technological startups in the future.
The e-driving system developed by vocational students uses a computer system to detect vehicle movements as opposed to an instructor overseeing the test.
The test consists of driving a vehicle backwards and forwards without hitting marker poles, parking by a pavement within a designated area, and reversing into a parking spot. An alarm will sound if the driver hits any obstacles.
The DLT is piloting the e-driving system at 10 out of its 196 test centers across the country. The remaining systems will be installed by the end of the year, thereby boosting credibility in the issuance of driver’s licenses according to international standards.