WATCH: At 5G launch, Modi drives car in Sweden sitting in India; ‘India driving the world,’ says industry minister
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi test-drives a car in Europe remotely from Delhi using 5G technology during the inauguration of 6th India Mobile Congress, at Pragati Maidan, in New Delhi on Saturday, October 1, 2022. (ANI Photo)
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is known to be a tech-savvy leader. On Saturday (1), the world remained witness to another moment when the leader tried his hand at technology by test-driving a car in Europe, sitting in New Delhi, to mark the launch of 5G mobile services in his country.
Modi, 72, flagged off the service as he attended the opening of India Mobile Congress 2022. He used the 5G technology to drive at the Ericsson booth at the conference while the vehicle moved around in Sweden. The technology helped in connecting the car’s control located in India.
Indian commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal tweeted a photo of the prime minister sitting behind the steering wheel of the car remote controlled from another continent, saying, “@NarendraModi ji tests driving a car in Europe remotely from Delhi using India’s 5G technology.” He also said, “India driving the world”.
The India Mobile Congress is one of Asia’s biggest digital technology platforms. The latest event is its sixth edition which kicked off at Pragati Maidan in the Indian capital on Saturday and will continue till Tuesday (4).
Besides driving the car remotely, Modi also saw various technological innovations that are being showcased at the event.
The 5G technology is expected to come with much faster speed than 4G for mobile communication and data transmission.
The first phase of 5G will launch in 13 cities and its full coverage in India is likely to be completed by 2024.