Are driverless vehicles really the future of transport?

This photo by KVVU reporter Kathleen Jacob shows a driverless shuttle bus after it collided with a big rig in Las Vegas Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, less than two hours after the automated ride service was launched. Police say no injuries were reported. It's not yet clear what caused the wreck. (Kathleen Jacob/KVVU-TV via AP)

There’s been a lot in the news lately about driverless vehicles, but knowing how easily computers can be hacked, I have to say the whole idea makes me more than a little uneasy.

I’m not sure that I am reassured by the news that the new driverless shuttle, just introduced in a blaze of publicity in Las Vegas, was involved in a crash less than 2 hours after the official launch party and unveiling ceremony.

Before the crash dozens of people had queued up for the free journey into downtown Las Vegas.

The bus, which can hold up to 12 passengers, has an attendant and computer monitor but no steering wheel or brake pedals.

It uses GPS and electronic kerb sensors to navigate the roads.

To be fair the crash was was not the result of any technical fault but was due to a lorry reversing into the bus.

Indeed the shuttle stopped when it sensed the lorry was approaching but the lorry just kept on coming.

Mercifully there were no injuries and the shuttle was able to complete 2 more circuits after the accident. 

Being a Tuesday, Margaret Mills joined me with news of an amazing 19th century woman, Clarissa Bramston and her incredible sketchbook.

If you missed it just click on the link below to hear what Margaret told me: –

See you again next week,
Scott

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