It concerns self driving cars – and I have to say I cannot disagree with any of it.
Addison Lee, a London minicab company, has effectively spotted an opportunity and now say they are going to be first to run driverless cars!
What? This is hype.
They surely hope – and why wouldn’t they? that they get adored by investors and as they are London based, they can ride on the concept with Uber.
Wolmar is worried about the actual concept and its implementation – with which I largely agree.
Who on earth is going to insure an automatic driverless car that, going too fast to stop, avoids a group of schoolchildren on a zebra crossing only to kill a man by driving into him on the pavement on the other side of the road? Or kills the driver himself by aiming at a wall?
That is either going to be an astronomical cost of business (if it is algorithmic and automatic why on earth couldn’t it avoid both?) or it is not, in fact, going to happen.
Unless, perhaps, automatic driving will be conducted at walking pace?
It is interesting that while the Docklands Light Railway is simple and also automatic and driverless, no national railway system on earth is driverless.
Surely running on tramlines – as it were – is so much easier than road running – yet still it has not happened.
To me, Christian Wolmar is absolutely correct.
Meanwhile KPMG suggest that fifth most prepared country in the OECD for autonomous vehicles is the UK:
Thank goodness we are not the Netherlands!