Sunday 4 December 2016

'It's actually driving itself!' - RTE Prime Time reporter could not handle his first spin in driverless car last night

Published 16/09/2016 | 14:13

Richard Downes couldn't contain his excitement on Prime Time last night. Picture: RTE Prime Time Twitter
Richard Downes couldn't contain his excitement on Prime Time last night. Picture: RTE Prime Time Twitter

RTE veteran reporter Richard Downes couldn't contain his excitement on Prime Time last night.

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He was trialling a driverless car and, unsurprisingly, found the whole concept very amusing.

“It may feel like science fiction…” he began calmly, before interrupting himself and exclaiming, “It feels very strange!” as he sat in the Mercedes Benz with his hands off the wheel and feet off the pedals.

“This car is actually driving itself,” said Downes, clearly trying to comprehend what was happening.

He demonstrated the car driving itself on the N11, while his nerves increased as a stopped car came into sight, before the vehicle brought itself to a gentle holt.

When he got out of the car, Downes controlled it on his phone, reverse parking it between two cars.

Driverless cars have been developed to eliminate human error, with an estimated 90pc of current accidents being a result of human error.

However, as Downes explained to an intrigued passerby, if you hop into the car after a few drinks and get it to drive you home, that's still considered drink driving.

Taxi it is, so.

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