What is more important? Getting the condition of Britain’s badly neglected roads sorted out, or rushing ahead furiously towards autonomous driving? It’s not just the traffic capacity, road surface quality, lighting and the signposting, but also the traffic control systems, which technically are often primitive, or if not, then just plain ineffective. Most of the finance for autonomous motoring development seems to be coming from the private sector, whist public finance can barely scrape up the money to fill a few potholes, let alone update the whole system. Some of the serious problems with autonomous cars will come from those antiquated road systems, which make life so much more difficult for driverless cars. What’s the answer, and where should the money come from to get Britain’s roads sorted?
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