The self-driving car: it's coming
Govt pledges a £10m prize for driverless car research. TG's Paul Horrell investigates
Posted: 04 Dec 2013
Harder to fathom is the way we'll take to it. Broadly, we have got accustomed to human error causing crashes. But the idea of a machine causing a crash, or failing to prevent one, is somehow more upsetting. No doubt autonomous cars will have to pass a far stricter driving test than humans do.
But whatever you and I think here and now, carmakers act globally. Britain and Europe's driving culture has always been more DIY than the rest of the world. America made cruise control and automatic transmissions near-universal when they were still rare here. Why wouldn't they want to go further? Who'd want to do a Tokyo or Shanghai commute if the autonomous system would do it for them? And when you come to an interesting stretch of road, the engineers say, just switch it off.