Car scheme full of imponderables
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