Ner­vous pas­sen­ger

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I don’t know about other read­ers of evo, but the thought of be­ing driven at any kind of speed in an au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle sends shiv­ers down my spine.

Whereas do­ing 0-60 in 2.7 sec­onds in a Nissan GT-R is

hi­lar­i­ous from the driver’s seat, switch over to the pas­sen­ger seat and the sen­sa­tion is al­to­gether dif­fer­ent. The same can be said of a car be­ing driven ‘en­thu­si­as­ti­cally’ down a twisty coun­try lane. For most of us this is our idea of fun – as long as we’re the one in con­trol. But be­ing driven down the same road by an­other hu­man be­ing has me reach­ing for an imag­i­nary brake pedal in the pas­sen­ger footwell, and I sus­pect be­ing driven by an au­ton­o­mous car would feel the same. Driv­ing fast and be­ing driven fast in­duce two com­pletely dif­fer­ent emo­tions.

Also, surely au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cles will be re­quired to stick to the speed lim­its by law, other­wise who would the po­lice send the speed­ing tick­ets to? Nissan HQ?

My GT-R will be stay­ing put for the fore­see­able fu­ture to pro­vide me with the thrill of driv­ing, but every day we draw closer to that in­evitable year 2040 evo strapline: ‘The Fear of Be­ing Driven’. Adam Free­man

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