11 reasons to fear autonomous cars
The UK government will soon allow self-driving cars loose on our roads. Is this the start of the apocalypse? Almost certainly
Posted: 30 Jul 2014
The government has today announced that driverless cars will be let loose on the UK's roads from the start of next year.
So far, autonomous car trials have been restricted to private British roads, but cities will soon be invited to bid for testing rights. We're not sure on what basis these bids shall be judged. Expendability of roadside attractions and pedestrians?
The UK isn't alone in inviting driverless cars onto its highways. California, Florida and Nevada already permit testing of autonomous cars on public roads, with Japan and Sweden ramping up trials as well. The self-driving future is coming, and it's coming quickly.
However, much as a future of autonomous cars gliding safely to their destinations as their owners slumber on the back seat might sound pleasingly utopian, Top Gear is worried. Petrified, even.
Here are eleven reasons to fear the rise of the driverless cars. Don't say we didn't warn you...
Words: Sam Philip