‘Digital Car Key’ to be launched on March 25, 2017
The digital car keys of India will be introduced in Delhi, in a bold move to woo drivers and help ease traffic congestion, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley signed a memorandum of understanding for the scheme.
The scheme will offer free digital cars and a free smartphone app to residents of the Delhi Metro Area and the surrounding districts, starting March 25.
The scheme will allow drivers to download a digital key card to activate a vehicle on their mobile devices, which can then be used to pay for fuel, rent a vehicle or use the vehicle for any other purpose.
“The Digital Car Key will be available at no cost to all Metro Area residents, and the digital keys will be valid for the duration of the scheme,” the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways said in a statement on Wednesday.
The scheme is aimed at encouraging people to drive to the nearest Metro Station for their daily commute.
It has been launched as a pilot scheme to gauge interest and to gather feedback from drivers, the ministry said.
The government plans to launch the scheme across Delhi, Haryana and Maharashtra in the coming months.