A race that looks set to radically transform our cities and lives as high-tech newcomers and established car manufacturers vie to spearhead the autonomous vehicle revolution. Soon we may live in cities where we work while commuting, instead of simply commuting to work. Cities in which driverless cars travel more closely together generating a host of time and energy efficiencies. Cities with open spaces instead of parking spaces. And perhaps most importantly of all, a world in which road accidents, often the result of human error, are reduced by as much as 90%.
But are we really ready to hand over the wheel and put that much faith in our machines? As drivers know, traffic represents a highly complex system, capable of changing in an instant. How can drivers be assured that the autonomous vehicle is ready to venture out on its own?