26 May '16, 10am

Autonomous vehicles - the threadbare emperor - my blog

You can see why Governments, and politicians generally, would like all this. They are perennially attracted to shiny new things and as (mostly) non-scientists they tend to be susceptible to sales pitches from technology companies. The rail industry has suffered enough from this in the past – for example, maglev technology has come and gone as the obvious replacement for old 19th century steel wheels on steel rails, yet that technology has shown itself to be adaptable enough to outdo maglev technology in cost and delivery – just ask the politicians around Munich and Shanghai that bought the exaggerated maglev claims and are having to live with the consequences. In the same way, the proponents of autonomous vehicles are telling Governments that this is the next big thing and if they invest and legislate now they can be in at the ground floor and secure first mover advantage....

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