Tuesday 24 April 2018

Video: Driverless cars have arrived and are ready to take passengers

Bob Flavin

Bob Flavin

Cars that drive themselves are no longer the stuff of science fiction writers.

The Self-drive pods will be tested in Milton Keynes and Coventry has been unveiled for the first time to the public. The UK wants to be a world leader in the automated vehicle race and now they are the first to put them on the public roads.

These cars have many sensors that can detect pedestrians and obstacles in the road. These sensors have to be able to tell the difference between a loose plastic bag and a child running into the street.

Called the Lutz Pathfinder Pod, the 'driverless' car has two seats and currently follows a circuit about a mile long, going between the train station and shopping centre. As a development vehicle it will have a safety driver and controls so that a human can take the wheel at any time. People can order a lift in the car from a mobile phone app.

There’s a full review of the rules of the road coming in 2017 to make adjustments so that driverless cars can take to the roads in bigger numbers.

What do you think? Should these cars be allowed on Irish roads? Let us know on Twitter @indomotoring.

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