Google’s been going mental with all their latest self-driving vehicle developments.
The latest: an entirely driver-less vehicle shaped a bit like a kid’s toy, cushioned at the front & going no faster than 40km per hour.
The latest prototype has no steering wheel or other controls, and requires no driver. My mind can’t get around this! I’m excited but horrified at the same time. I immediately wonder: can’t we just have a more regular bus service? But then, if you’re far away from a bus terminal or can’t walk to & from the public transport stops, I suppose that this may seem pretty attractive.
I know that SA is far from ready for something like this. But perhaps in the future? What would it mean in a hijacking scenario, for example? Would somebody even want to hijack this car? Or a ‘smash-&-grab’ incident? I hate that those are some of the first things I thought of, but they were & let’s hope that by the time these little critters come to our shores, we’ll have curbed our crime rate & are all getting along much better with one another in general (hey, I can dream!).
Google did launch driver-less cars & has seen them driving around California streets for a good while now – but all of those had a registered driver at the ready, and override controls, when necessary.
What do you think of this new move in safer driving?