|Georgia to use computer assistance in driving tests|
|February 18, 2012|
Georgia will become the second country in the world to use computers in assessing driving license applicants during their road tests.
Georgian Interior Minister Vano Merabishvili told a media briefing Thursday that, from March 1, sensors and cameras would record license applicants taking the practical driving test and the results would be available for review later by both test monitors and drivers.
Test takers would be able to see online how they had fared in the driving test, including what they had done right and wrong.
"This is another step towards new technologies (and) innovations," the minister said. "And we won't stop and will continue to fulfil our system.
The only country using this type of system so far is South Korea.
Test monitors are confident that minor errors will be picked up by the system, which will be installed at the South Caucasus country's biggest practical driving test course in Rustavi, 90 kilometers southeast of Tbilisi.
The computer assistance system is expected to help avoid procedural or human inaccuracies in assessing the tests.
Georgia is already using computer-based theoretical tests at the Rustavi Motordrome.
The country is also using onboard computers in police patrol cars to save Georgian drivers from having to take their driving licenses with them every time they hit the road.
When stopped by police, motorists only need to tell the officer their names or addresses and the onboard computer system will confirm whether they are legal drivers.
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