The government task force preparing for the phased introduction of driverless cars has proposed new legislation which the Transport Secretary will table next week to legalise features for automatically driven vehicles which will maximise pedestrian safety.
This will permit the manufacturers of such vehicles to build in a system to gently and safely discourage people who might risk their lives and those of other road users by deliberately jumping into the road in close proximity to the projected course of an automatically driven vehicle so that they will be detected by the automatic driver and the vehicle forced to change course.
Studies show that at least four groups of people might decide to behave in this way
- Opponents of the principle of driverless vehicles
- Teenage boys with excess testosterone
- Other naughty children with a dangerous sense of humour
- Jeremy Clarkson.