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Tech firms are lining up to get in on the action, alongside Uber and Tesla there are a league of corporations such as Google and Alibaba testing the self- drive technology. Last year the government predicted that self-driving cars could be present on British roads within four years, they have promised a three-year review focusing on law, responsibility and the role in public transport of the self-drive vehicle first. Despite ministers' being wedded to the idea there isn't much public want for the self-drive model, the ones leading the charge for the self-drive model are major tech and motor companies. However, what these companies don't tell ministers, as the Private Eye points out, is the large amounts of cash taxpayers will have to cough up to ensure the roads across Britain are up to scratch and suitable for the self-drive model. There would also be a considerable impact on pedestrian and cyclist relationships with the road, as well as the urgent need for a cyber- security programme impossible to hack. The government's eager willingness to adopt the self-drive cars is probably linked to their dismal shortcomings on road safety. Successive Tory governments, have seen the number of traffic police drop by approximately 24% between 2012 and 2017 and necessary road repairs go postponed. Willfully ignoring the need to repair now will cost taxpayers more in the future. Meanwhile, in the year leading up to September 2017, there were 27,010 people seriously injured or killed on British roads. The benefits of automated driving are clear and highly publicised, in late 2016 consultants KPMG predicted the annual economical and social benefits of the technology could be worth £51bn by 2030. However, the introduction of self- drive cars poses new risks to the public, and without proper maintenance and much-needed repair work on our roads, the much-vaunted step up in safety is unlikely to be so significant. GUESTLIST 2018 / ISSUE 109 17 TECHNOLOGY MPs are keen for a nationwide roll-out of self-drive cars, despite the death of an Arizona pedestrian mowed down by an Uber car in its self-drive mode, UK trials of the cars continue apace. WHY WE SHOULDN'T SPEED INTO SELF-DRIVING CARS

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