Driverless cars to hit UK roadways by January 2015

By Shawn Knight
Jul 31, 2014
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  1. Driverless cars will hit UK roadways within six months, putting the country at the forefront of the autonomous vehicle movement and opening up new opportunities for the local economy and society according to UK business secretary Vince Cable.

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  2. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,335   +1,937

    "Driverless cars to hit UK roadways by January 2015".
    Apart from the roadways what else are they expected to hit?
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  3. Well this is typical of British Government. Jump in the deep end and get it completely wrong.

    Being a country of beer guzzling *****s, and having a huge alcohol problem, we thought we could follow the Dutch and such with 24 hour bar licenses.... without any slow progression, without any real trial areas, and immediately town centers turned into UFC toilets.

    I also suspect this could end badly. Nissan wanted to bring automated driving, and from what I read, I imagined, for example the slow left lane on motorways, to be full of electronic self automated nissan leaf vehicles. All plodding along neatly in a line. And said lane would be made from the glass panels from a previous Techspot article ( ) . A lane able to keep cars charged, bring wi fi connectivity.

    Allowing all brands of vehicles to do as they please in the automation field, means there would be no real unity and the way forward would have no real " one vision ". There needs to be an overall government plan, so everyone is on the same page and not arguing over patents and technologies. And if your English automated vehicle drives to the Eurotunnel, will it automatically change to French drive on the right hand side of the road settings ?
  4. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,436   +592

    I believe the UK is mature enough to attempt implementation. The US? Lol. We aren't concerned about making the world a better place, just making more money.
  5. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    And how exactly will a driverless car make the world a better place?
  6. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,107   +1,376

    And if it continues driving after that, who is to be sued for hit'n run?
  7. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,370   +2,164

    I'm sure someone will cite projections of fewer vehicle-related deaths, but the real gift to the world will be the ability to sleep through traffic jams. Double if you've got an autonomous RV with a comfy toilet.
  8. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,107   +1,376

    It seems that getting the world rid of human presence is the only way of making it a better place ;) so perhaps human extinction will be the next best thing to happen to this planet.
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  10. Holotus

    Holotus TS Enthusiast Posts: 68   +9

    PRO: less traffic jams, reduced stress levels, less fatalities, less pollution, etc

    CON: You can surely bet that your human rights and freedoms will be stripped away when you enter the vehicle. Not only that but the cameras on the cars will track literally EVERYTHING they see passing by. Also expect governmental agencies to use facial recognition to track everyone from the cars as well. In the cars there will of course be microphones and camera sensors so that you can instruct the car of your desirable location..... however.... such agencies will be able to tap into it and listen to everyone's conversations at once.
  11. Hehehe.
    driving without license, driving with suspended license, and now: driving without driver. I'm not religious but if I were the passenger of such driverless car, I hope god is the invisible co-driver.

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