Not so much a car, but a war machine being developed by the Americans. A large vehicle that can be guided by satellite, and remotely controlled from far distances.
Not so sure if it was on the BBC's motoring program Top Gear, but James May undertook a test to see if he could outpace the vehicle over various terrains between two given points. Both vehicles reached the destination, using various routes, one governed by satellite and remote's, the other by a human's own on the spot travel calculations.
bumpkin - Aircraft without anyone onboard have been around since at least the early 50's and were used as targets. Now drones are used for reconnaissance and bombing. However there is a pilot controlling the aircraft remotely. The recent report about a passenger aircraft over gilded it a bit.
Dockland Light Railway is driver less.
Bit different with cars though as they can vary route too much. However a computer with collision avoidance is likely to be better than some of the idiots I see driving.
My car already has an emergency braking system which is supposed to work in town traffic by braking if get too close to the vehicle in front. I've never known it to operate even though it is on. I suppose I am too careful a driver to get too close. I hope I am anyway.
I think we all sit in the passenger seat and apply the phantom brake when someone else is driving. So maybe if the driver-less car had a brake pedal which did nothing but travel up and down with a bit of resistance when applied, we would be happy.
Woolwell, I was referring to modern planes carrying passengers without a pilot
if this is going to happen. I would not be comfortable with that scenario. A driver-less car is a different thing, I can drive a car if the auto_guidance fails but I can't fly a plane.
Carver, Not for me to design the safety devices but clearly there would need to be some.
A driverless car - I seen one 'bout half-a-century ago on TV ... Doctor Pete Brady [The Invisible Man] was at-the-wheel, but I couldn't understand how his passenger [ played by actress Adrienne Corri] could remain so cool, calm and collected!