I used to be a bit nervous about the idea of driverless vehicles. Then my granddad drove me to the supermarket, and I decided it wouldn’t be so bad to take the whole driving thing out of human hands altogether.
Thankfully, seven driverless pods developed by the GATEway group are about to become the first of their kind to arrive in London. They’ll be on the Greenwich Peninsula in the South East of the capital, and will travel residential streets and areas around the O2 Arena. Other driverless vehicles are set to hit Bristol, Coventry and Milton Keynes later this year.
OK, so these pods aren’t exactly the taxicabs of Total Recall: while there’s no driver, each pod will contain a steward who can hit the emergency brake if it all gets a bit Wacky Races. But it’ll still get you where you need to be without a person at the wheel.
And it’s not just pods. Switzerland is set to introduce driverless buses this year, while driverless shuttles have been trialled in the Netherlands. Hey, we’ll give the thumbs up to anything that saves us from the horror of parallel parking.