The UK is opening up its roads to driverless cars, with the government announcing this week that it wants to take a “light touch, non-regulatory approach” to trials of autonomous vehicles. The…
I must be getting really old ?
i just cant see these things taking off here in the UK, without special lanes for them, which separate them from the regular cars. driverless cars ?what next.
Driverless cars-If only we could have seen into the future?
I suppose if I sit back and look at this more deeply, and then it probably does not mean what it sounds like. As a UK resident living in the North of England, I often travel to London on the odd occasion with my dear wife Michelle. I do try to take a break from writing about tyres and the Auto industry, to see what the rest of the country are up to.
Here in the North we are always moaning about the fact that we are left behind, when it comes to infrastructure development, as just an example we have the worst railway system in the country, most of the money is spent in the South and especially in the London area.
Whichever political party is in power, then it is the same old thing and nothing happens. One or two exceptions spring to mind, such as the Sheffield tram system, but this was built out of guilt, because of the decimation of the giant steel industry that the great city once had, and has now whittled down to nothing. I am sure that the same thing can be repeated in many other countries across the globe and perhaps you could let me know?
Our last trip to London was in December 2014, just before Christmas as a birthday treat to my wife. Once again the experience never fails to amaze me at the amount of money that is being spent on the transport system, compared to our virtual “nothing”. Although I love my country the indifference is there for all to see and in my mind immoral. We pay our taxes in the North, just the same as Londoners, so why should we not have the same travel facilities?
This takes me on to the subject of “driverless cars”, here in the UK.
To be truthful, driverless cars in my opinion are just a fantasy and will never really take off. Our northern towns and cities are too small crowded and frankly would need rebuilding if the driverless cars were ever to take off.
It took forty years to convert the closed down railway network into cycle paths and places where people can walk. In the area where I live we have a twenty mile circuit called the “Kirklees way”, this was to be where we all could walk, run and cycle without any traffic problems affecting our pleasure, but this has now become grown over and covered in mud and horse poo, and is no pleasure to walk on any more.
This is when things started to click? What if we converted these old railway cycle paths into roads for the driverless cars? When I saw the example diving around the southern town of Milton Keynes, (where billions of pounds have been invested), they were driving on the cycle and walking/jogging path network that goes for miles around and through the city.
I thought that that looked a good idea, if we had to have these driverless cars thrust upon us, then we could give them their own little road network and it would keep them away from the sensible drivers who just want to get on with their lives, it is bad enough trying to dodge an 82 year old lady, who flies around our local supermarket, in her mobility scooter almost hitting all the other customers, without having to worry about what the driverless car coming towards us will do next, and if they do hit you, who will give you the insurance details.
I say some of these things a little tongue in cheek, but do they really think it will ever happen? I don’t. The “driverless pods” look a better idea and all the unused cycle paths could be
re-generated to make way the driverless pods?
Also to finish with as a garage owner I wonder which garage the Nissan Driverless Car or the Volvo Driverless Cars will drive into, probably not my garage.
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