Driver-less cars were tested in the UK last week. We are not happy about it. The “car” took a one mile loop around Milton Keynes station – without a passenger! Taxi drivers have formed a core part of a community for a very long time and we cannot support any industry or invention that looks to take all of that culture away. Taxis are a social service and help the community far more than a “pod” of driver-less cars ever could; and far more than Uber ever will!
Taxi drivers have been helping vulnerable people and elderly people for as long as we can remember and we cannot imagine driver-less cars or Uber drivers doing the same thing. Our community needs taxi drivers and we hope that this one invention will not gain too much traction.
The bottom line is that driver-less cars are not safe and they are not being designed and developed in a safe way. For example last week a driver-less car crashed into a lorry on the streets of Singapore! How long have they been around and they’re already crashing into things? The worst thing that we have heard in regards to driver-less cars however is what the head of Mercedes’ driver assistance systems and active safety department Christoph von Hugo, has said:
“If you know you can save at least one person, at least save that one. Save the one in the car,” Hugo said in an interview at the Paris auto show. “If all you know for sure is that one death can be prevented, then that’s your first priority.”
This is appalling to us. The comments that were said at an auto show in Paris, were later clarified by Mercedes but that is not enough. Also Professor Ann Williamson has said that:
“Our technology is too unsophisticated — the sensors that are being used in many of the vehicles just aren’t quite good enough to allow the vehicle to take complete control,”.