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Are autonomous cars really the way forward for motoring?

Earlier in the week, we looked at the facts about driverless cars and the recent announcement of UK road trials and the huge investment that the current UK Government is making to make the concept a reality.
Autonomous Vehicles Picture

It is predicted by many that autonomous cars will be popular with fleets but will they actually ever be a reality on our roads? Could we be on the verge or waving bye-bye to our beloved (or not so, in some cases) traditionally-driven cars?

Driverless car potential economic benefits

One of the arguments for the driverless car is the creation of jobs if the UK becomes a major player in this market sector.

What we do know is that the UK’s civil servants already had an additional job to do: they were tasked with getting the Highway Code in order to cover the addition of the autonomous car by the end of last year (and they only had six months to do it in).

The Highway Code had to make allowances for emergencies that could result in people needing to drive the driverless cars, as one example.

Driverless car investment

It is hoped that the investment will be more than paid back by the long term economic benefits – not just the £19 million grants given to each city taking part in the road trials, but also the development of the cars themselves.

Will people buy driverless cars?

Perhaps, perhaps not. Judging from opinion on social networks alone, many of us actually like driving.

But imagine a commute to work where you can sit back, relax and get some work done or just surf the net or make calls as a passenger. Less stressful and better than public transport, many would argue.

What will happen if the computer says no?

This is the burning question. What about when the cars malfunction (if they do, of course).

Well, we are assuming that there are plan b’s built into the technology but more information would be good. If driverless cars end up meaning that people without driving licences can eventually be ferried about in them, what if they had to take the wheel?

And if people who hold driving licences don’t ever actually drive, is it as simple as getting back “on the bike” when they are faced with driving manual or automatic transmission cars?

Is the funding being pumped into the right area when it comes to motoring?

Should the Government be putting more investment into low or zero-emission cars, specifically fuel-cell technology?

Another idea would be to spend money ramping up the development of the “electric charging point super-highway” that has contributed (some would say) quite largely to the slow uptake of EVs in the UK?
Person in a car not driving
And what about potholes? Yes, we have some additional budget allocated to address this problem (we thank, follow and support @mrpotholeuk for his tireless campaigning), but will the monies allocated actually fix the problem on a long-term basis?

Are driverless cars a good thing?

We want to know what you think! Tweet us now and let us know @car4leasing – let’s get our opinions out there and contribute to our motoring future!

After all, we all like to know how our hard-earned taxes are being spent.

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