Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka rode the future to work this morning. He arrived at his company’s Bengaluru headquarters in an autonomous or driverless cart which, he said was built by Infosys engineers in Mysuru. The IT major has announced its first quarter earnings today posting a better-than-expected net profit of Rs. 3,483 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2017, helped by key client wins. Dr Sikka said that strong execution helped Infosys come out with strong earnings in the June quarter. Despite pressure on several fronts, Infosys reported margin of 24.1 per cent in June quarter, he said, adding that “really proud of our team’s strong execution and great performance in Q1.”
— Vishal Sikka (@vsikka) July 14, 2017
“Who says we can’t build transformative technologies?” he had tweeted as he arrived with COO Pravin Rao in the cart that’s all the buzz today. The autonomous vehicle, he said, is a symbol of cutting edge technology and is meant to train other employees on technologies like artificial intelligence.
Equipped with sensors, these driverless vehicles are capable of sensing its environment and navigating without human input. Advanced control systems help these vehicles identify navigation paths, as well as obstacles and road signage.
“I drove here to this venue in our own indigenously-built autonomous golf cart. This is a test bed that we have built to train thousands of engineers on autonomous driving technology as we renew our existing services on the basis of these dual forces of automation and innovation,” Dr Sikka said in the media briefing.
Infosys, its CEO said, is strongly focusing on new technologies like artificial intelligence and next generation analytics.