Car scheme full of im­pon­der­ables

Solihull News - - LETTERS & EMAILS | SOCIETY NEWS -

CALL me a doubt­ing Thomas, call me what you may but I do be­lieve that forg­ing ahead with driver­less cars is tempt­ing prov­i­dence. If I were a fully qual­i­fied en­gi­neer then I would not put my name to the pro­ject of driver­less cars, nor if I were to be in­vited to join the eight part­ners who are in­volved in the development of the au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle pi­lot scheme.

It is noted that the con­sor­tium is mostly made up of ex­perts from across the transport in­dus­try but lack­ing psy­chol­o­gists who should en­gage with po­ten­tial cus­tomers.

It is a com­plete myth to be­lieve that a buyer of a driver­less car will pop into a car show­room and drive away into the sun­set with not a care in the world, with­out any train­ing and how to over­come panic at­tacks and sit­u­a­tions that they have never faced be­fore.

That said, I am also aware that this is ‘ an ex­cit­ing pro­ject which could put the West Mid­lands at the fore­front of the UK’s driver­less cars rev­o­lu­tion’, but at what costs in terms of ac­ci­dents and the loss of lives?

While I ac­cept that driver­less cars are a tremen­dous feat of en­gi­neer­ing, and not wanting to be disin­gen­u­ous to Mayor Andy Street, who out­lined this pro­ject at War­wick Uni­ver­sity, I would have thought that the needs of the West Mid­lands tax­pay­ers are more im­por­tant than schemes which are full of im­pon­der­ables. Mike But­ler, Wylde Green

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