Keep it simple, stupid
Self-driving cars and commercial vehicle platooning are subjects for critical path analysis and gradual incremental development, if at all.
But right now please can we have trunk roads and lesser roads without pinch points.
Please can we see an end once and for all to the onepiece plastic bumpers which do nothing to absorb energy on impact and offer no protection to vehicle body shell, driver or passengers.
Insurance for vans is about to rise steeply so let’s start with bumpers comprising sixteen sections snapped together, so that owners of these vans and cars can simply order one, two, three etc replacement sections which may be simply snapped together with no need to involve a repair garage or insurance provider.
Bumpers should be mounted on retractable tracks similar to those on our filing cabinet drawers so that in the event of collision or minor triggering or touching, the energy is dissipated by simple rack and pinion, or by hydraulic damping system.
No damage, no problem, no increase, rather a reduction, in insurance premiums.
Duncan Iain MacDougall, Glendale House, Tarbert.