Driverless cars could end up making motorists lazy and useless as well as being the most expensive technology delusion in history, suggests leading transport industry commentator Christian Wolmar.
Writing on LabourList.org, he warned, “Driverless cars may well be a pipe dream. Instead, there will increasingly be ‘driver aids’ to make motoring easier and supposedly safer, though ultimately such aids may have precisely the opposite effect by de-skilling drivers.”
The veteran transport commentator has repeated his long-held belief that autonomous vehicles will not become a societal norm any time soon.
Christian Wolmar will be opposing the motion “This House believes that driverless vehicles are the biggest opportunity for a step change in mobility and therefore it is right that resources and investment are channelled towards them” in an Oxford-style debate at the ITS (UK) Summit on 27 November. To find out more about this discussion and the rest of the programme, and to book your place go to www.itssummit.co.uk.