Title: The 10 Most Expensive Cars Ever Sold at Auction

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Summary: The cars on this list are so eye-wateringly pricey that it's hard to imagine anyone ever being confident enough to drive them. May we present to you... the most expensive cars ever sold at auction... ever!

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An alternative title for this article could be ‘A Nice List of Really Pretty Ferraris’. The ten most expensive cars ever sold at auction are, with two exceptions, Ferrari-produced. The cars on this list are so eye wateringly expensive that it’s hard to imagine anyone ever being confident enough to drive them.

Multiple factors can influence the price a car fetches at auction. The rarity and initial production volumes are a factor, obviously, as is the condition. Interestingly, however, the value of a car can be hugely influenced by its history and previous owners, as well as its motoring history. A car that has won Le Mans will fetch many times its original price. Similarly, a car owned by a notable character will hit the higher numbers when under the hammer. In 1973, a Mercedes-Benz 770 F-Cabriolet sold for over £557,000 thanks to claims it was once used to ferry around Adolf Hitler. A week after it sold, it emerged that it these claims were false.

So, adjusted for inflation and in reverse order (it’s more fun that way), here are the most expensive cars to have ever sold at auction… ever.

  1. 1964 Ferrari 250 LM

Price: $17,600,000 / £12,035,669

The 23rd of 32 250 LM’s ever made, this particular ‘rarri fetched a princely sum at the RM Auctions New York Sale 2015. The car was commissioned by the Fry family, of J.S.Fry and Sons fame, a renowned confectionary company who merged with Cadbury’s.

  1. 1954 Ferrari 375-Plus Spider Competizione

Price: $18,392,418 / £12,577,560

With a 4.9 litre, V12 engine up front, the 375 Plus Spider Competizione was built solely for use on the track, and finished in second place at the Mille Miglia in 1954. 60 years later, it sold at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for a cool £12.5 million.

  1. 1961 Ferrari 250 GT SWB California Spider

Price: $18,500,000 / £12,651,129

This 1961 Ferrari, which sold for over £12.6 million, was found… in a barn. Under a heap of newspapers. It turns out the car used to belong to French actor Alain Delon, and famous photographs exist of the car with Jane Fonda perched on the bonnet. Not a bad find.

  1. 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe

Price: $20,412,361 / £13,958,888

Only six of these exist in the world. Initially designed with the aim of transporting royalty, the Royale actually struggled to find buyers, thanks to its wallet-incinerating price tag and the fact it was unveiled smack in the middle of the Great Depression.

  1. 1964 Ferrari 275 GTB/C Speciale

Price: $26,388,867 / £18,045,891

The 275 GTB/C Speciale was the first Ferrari to feature an independent rear suspension and a transaxle gearbox. The bodywork is lightweight aluminium, and the chassis is a Tipo 563. The bodywork’s stand-out features include three sizeable vent cuts in the nose, and a further three behind the rear wheels, which give the car its unique look. The previous owner of the car in question was one Colonel E.B. Wilson, celebrated British commander and moustache owner.

  1. 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB/4*S NART Spider

Price: $27,936,071 / £18,930,789

In 2013, the NART Spider became the then-second highest selling car ever, going under the hammer for a total of nearly £19 million. The catchy-titled car had only one previous owner. The new buyer, a collector named Eddie Smith, was contacted especially by Ferrari with regard to buying the car.

  1. 1956 Ferrari 290 MM

Price: $28,050,000 / £19,007,993

Sold in New York in 2015, this 1956 Ferrari 290 MM has a gleaming racing history. Custom built for Formula One racing legend and five-time champion, Juan Manuel Fangio, the 290 MM was one of four ever to be built. The 3.5 litre, V12-engined 290 MM has never crashed, despite its comparatively lengthy 8 year career.

  1. 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196

Price: $30,069,371 / £20,376,413

We’re into serious cheddar now. The Mercedes Benz in question is a rare racing car which used to belong to Formula 1 legend Juan Manuel Fangio, in his second name-drop in this list. In this motor, Fangio won his second world title.

  1. 1957 Ferrari 335S

Price: $35,711,359 / £24,199,688

The Ferrari 335s is a racing veteran, competing in Le Mans, the Sebring 12 Hours, the Mille Miglia, and more. The press release issued after the auction states the bidding war for the car lasted a whopping eleven minutes.

  1. 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO

Price: $38,098,927 / £25,885,942

Here we have it, the most expensive car ever sold at auction in history. The car was originally owned by French F1 driver Jo Schlesser, and competed in a range of races, until a crash in 1962 proved fatal for the car’s then driver, popular skier Henri Oreiller.

The extensively repaired car was later owned by businessman and engineer Ernesto Prinoth, who had a keen interest in motoring. It seems Ernesto was a fairly impressive fellow, as despite racing being merely a weekend hobby, he competed in F1 for a two year stretch. He also crashed the car, non-fatally, rolling it into a track-side bush, and caving in the roof. The damage to the car was mostly cosmetic, and apparently didn’t affect the cars price tag too much as proven by its recent sale price.

Finally, the car was owned by Fabrizio Violati, who was a widely respected member of the racing community and general renegade behind the wheel. He was renowned for pushing the vehicle to its limits, with apparent disregard for depreciation.

Looks like he needn’t have worried, though.

Author: Dan Hackett

Title: Taxi News Roundup June 2016

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Summary: Take a look our latest taxi industry news post, featuring a spotlight on safe working hours, Newcastle cabbies on strike, and a new rideshare app hoping to compete with Uber.

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Meta Description: View the latest taxi news at The Taxi Centre, with all the latest developments from the taxi industry. Find out about Uber working hours, Karhoo, and Virgin permit charges.

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Uber defends “unsafe” 65 hour week comments

Uber has come under criticism for allegedly encouraging drivers to work 65-hour weeks on a page on its UK website. The now reworded page promised that drivers could turn their cars into “money machines” and earn up to £3360 a month Uber stated that this was based on “average net payments of partner drivers in London who have driven 55-65 hours [per week]”, despite the legal safe limit for lorry, bus, and taxi drivers being 56 hours a week.

In response to the criticism, an Uber spokesman stated that “Uber does not set shifts and drivers who partner with us can choose the hours they work”. They went on to say that drivers who worked “too many hours” would receive a message from the company advising about safe driving, although Uber did not state what “too many hours” constituted.

Newcastle drivers launch Virgin protest

Cabbies in Newcastle have launched an attack on Virgin, going so far as to hold a meeting to discuss the possibility of striking.

Drivers are unhappy with the £2030 annual cost introduced to use a short stay car park outside Newcastle Central Station, and say that they are being “exploited” by Virgin. However, Virgin has argued that the price reflects the “market value”, despite being higher than the cost of similar permits in Leicester, Preston, and Birmingham combined.

Speaking to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, RMT regional organiser Micky Thompson said that Newcastle drivers are “paying one of the highest permit prices in the country [  ]. We have been trying to negotiate and getting nowhere, it is ridiculous. We are paying that much for the use of ten spaces”.

A spokesperson for Virgin Trains said that the company is in discussion with drivers, and has contingency arrangements should drivers take the course of industrial action.

Karhoo

Taxi comparison app launches across UK         

The taxi fare comparison app Karhoo has rolled out across the UK, six weeks after its initial London launch.

Karhoo touts itself as a competitor to services like Uber and Hailo, and works in a similar fashion, with users able to view nearby vehicles on a map and order through an app. However, unlike these apps, Karhoo is “open platform”. That means that any company – including hackney and minicab services, and excluding Uber – can sign up and have their fleet listed inside the app.

The app works as a price comparison tool, allowing users to select the company offering the lowest price, a feature that Karhoo hope will give the service an advantage over its more established competitors. Other unique features include pre-booking (which is unavailable through Uber), and a lack of surge pricing.

Karhoo is currently undergoing a slow launch in the following cities: Edinburgh, Glasgow, Belfast, Leeds, Bradford, Manchester, Liverpool, Stoke-On-Trent, Nottingham, Derby, Leicester, Birmingham, and Brighton.

Uber launches food delivery service

Uber has brought its food delivery service UberEats to London, in an act directly competing with Deliveroo. The Silicon Valley based firm has launched the service in Central London, allowing users to order food for delivery from restaurants within a given radius. Uber promises a delivery time of 30 minutes or less, or the next order will be free. The company says it has already signed up thousands of delivery drivers, who like it’s rideshare service will be employed on a purely freelance basis.

Last year rival rideshare service Gett launched similar “Gett Pizza” and “Gett Groceries” services, allowing users to order pizza and even shopping through its app. These services show a redefining of the taxi driver job spec, pointing to a future where the job encompasses a wider set of duties – although any drivers instructed on post pub drive through runs by customers may well be familiar with that future.

Author: Fusion

Title: Car Cultures of the World: United Arab Emirates

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Summary: This month’s Car Culture of the World is the United Arab Emirates; specifically, Dubai. In the 90's, it was little more than a ghost town, with a couple of dodgy hotels and swirling red sand covering the roads. Fast forward a decade or two, and Dubai has been reborn, like a Stars in their Eyes contestant emerging from sequined doors, wreathed in dry ice. And their tuner scene is insane.

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Let’s clamber aboard the Bristol Street Learjet and whiz off on another exploration of exotic countries and their car cultures. This month’s stop is the United Arab Emirates; specifically, Dubai. If you’d taken this trip in the 90’s, you’d have touched down in a ghost town with a couple of dodgy hotels and swirling red sand gradually reclaiming the roads. Fast forward a decade or two, and Dubai has been reborn, like a Stars in their Eyes contestant emerging from sequined doors, wreathed in dry ice. And their tuner scene is insane.

You know a city is mad for cars when the police force’s cruiser collection is worth upwards of $5 million. Get caught going 36mph in a 30 in Dubai, and it’s perfectly possible that the flashing blue lights in your rear view mirror will be mounted on a Bugatti Veyron. Try outrunning that. Actually, if you’re one of Dubai’s innumerable tycoon playboys, you probably could have a good shot at outrunning it, as Dubai is home to one of the most densely packed collections of supercars in the world.

Supercars are so common here, in fact, that they are often found abandoned. It’’ not uncommon to spot a dust-coated Porsche simply ditched out in the desert, or forgotten about in a car park. After Dubai’s economic mudslide back in 2009, many of the city’s fat cats and hot shots nearly had a heart attack. They jumped ship, abandoning their gleaming Lambos and Astons to the desert sands. Since their bankrupt billionaires hightailed it over the dunes, the deserted supercars have become a well-documented icon of the world in recession.

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The popularity of custom cars in Dubai, and in the UAE in general, is enabled by several factors. For one, fuel is dirt cheap. A litre of petrol will cost you the princely sum of around 34 pence. Additionally, the expanses of open road are great for opening up a fast car. Throwing more fuel on the fire is the fact that having a supercar purring in the driveway is an obvious indicator to the world that you are a person of interest (regardless of whether or not you are in fact as dull as an anvil).

Custom cars are status symbols, and in Dubai the competition is intense. Around 2.2 million people inhabit the city, of which some 26,000 are millionaires (or billionaires). This means one in every hundred people in Dubai is sitting pretty on a fortune, and, essentially, being filthy rich isn’t that big of a deal. So, the rich and infamous have to get creative with their cars, in a game of constant one-upmanship.

Chop shops and car modders are bountiful in the city, and are well adjusted to handling ever more bizarre briefs. Want leopard print seats? They’ll sort you out. Stitched falcon motifs on the seats? Sure. Neon-coloured interiors? Consider it done. Middle Eastern style dictates loud colours and plenty of, for lack of a better word, bling. These high-end customisations are primarily done by the dealership mechanic at the time of purchase. Going to accessory shops after buying your car is a risk, as the skill of the mechanics there is hit and miss, and best avoided. After spending several hundred thousand on a Bugatti Chiron, it’d be a crying shame if the dragon you requested to be sewn into the headrests ended up looking more like a bloated Pikachu.

Automotive events take place regularly all over the city, such as the Dubai Motor Show, the Emirates Classic Car Festival, and the Dubai Motor Festival, which is held in the name of the good old Crown Prince of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum.  The festival draws crowds from around the world, all chomping at the bit to stand for hours in 45 degree heat and watch outrageously priced cars tear past at 200 miles an hour. The festival features parades, drifting contests, car-themed light shows, and trouping columns of F1 cars.

The Dubai Autodrome is a Mecca for petrol heads, with the opportunity for punters to leap behind the wheel of a car of their choosing, anything from an Audi to a McLaren, and whiz around the purpose-built racetrack. The Autodrome is the beating heart of motoring in Dubai, and regularly hosts events throughout the year, even hosting track days, during which people can race their own cars around the course.

If you’re an oil tycoon or a billionaire media mogul, Dubai is the holy land. If not, don’t despair, there’s still a chance for you to get behind the wheel of that Gallardo; you can apply to be a valet at the Burj Khalifa.

 

Author: Dan Hackett

Title: Iconic Car of the Month: Jeep Wrangler

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Summary: It's that time once more for Bristol Street Motors to welcome another vehicle to the hallowed halls of the Iconic Car of the Month. This time around, we have an all-terrain 4x4 that's been in production since 1986. Used across the globe on landscapes ranging from windswept tundra to searing desert, this vehicle has helped humanity accomplish astonishing feats thanks to its boundless energy and Herculean endurance. Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for the Jeep Wrangler.

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It’s that time once more for Bristol Street Motors to welcome another exemplary vehicle to the hallowed halls of the Iconic Car of the Month. This time around, we have an all-terrain 4×4 that’s been in continuous production since 1986 (that’s thirty years by the way, just to make everyone feel old). Used across the globe on landscapes ranging from windswept tundra to searing desert, this vehicle has helped humanity accomplish astonishing feats thanks to its boundless energy and Herculean endurance. This General Purpose vehicle is loved the world over, and common usage of its name brought about the acronym GP, which was shortened by lazy GI’s to – you guessed it – Jeep. Wrangler, to be precise.

In 1940, as the Second World War gripped the world, the US military issued a notice to all automakers, asking for designs for a new lightweight reconnaissance vehicle. The army’s modified Ford Model T’s weren’t cutting it, and a new, contemporary design was crucial. Three carmakers rose to the challenge: Willys Overland, Ford (duh), and The American Bantam Car Manufacturing Company. The three rival manufacturers put forward their designs, and all three were commissioned for use in the field. It was the Willys Quad, however, which was favoured by military personnel.

Eventually becoming known as the Jeep by the GIs, the 4×4 gained popularity across the board with allied forces, eventually becoming the most-used vehicle in the War. Doug Stewart commented on the car’s popularity:

“The spartan, cramped, and unstintingly functional jeep became the ubiquitous World War II four-wheeled personification of Yankee ingenuity and cocky, can-do determination.”

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The first civilian Jeeps were produced in 1945. Roughly 640,000 Jeeps were produced during the war, accounting for almost a fifth of all cars built in the US over the six year period. In the years since, multiple manufacturers have drawn inspiration from the Jeep to create their own light utility vehicles, including giants such as Land Rover. The early Jeep produced for civvy use was the CJ, a two door/no door 4×4 with a single piece windshield, a Willys Go Devil’ 2.2 litre engine, and a name that sounds like the nickname that weird kid in school kept trying to make everyone call him.

After 42 years of careening all over mountains and sand dunes like ants on a dropped lollipop, the CJ was discontinued in 1986. The king dead. Long live the Wrangler. The Wrangler rumbled onto the scene in ’86, the same year we admired Tom Cruise‘s oiled torso as he pranced around in Top Gun, and the year Daniel-San once more punched his way into our hearts in Karate Kid Part II. The Wrangler YJ was released with a choice of three impressive powertrains: a 2.5 L AMC 150 I4, a 4.0 L AMC 242 I6, or a 4.2 litre AMC 258 I6. The Wrangler represented several changes to the CJ formula. While physical design cues were taken from its father and grandfather, the Wrangler’s suspension, drivetrain, and interiors were borrowed from the Jeep Cherokee.

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The Wrangler has amassed an army of trims over the years, including the American-pleasing 4.0L ‘Freedom‘ edition and the nerd-saliva-inducing ‘Tomb Raider Edition‘ which has since become one of the most collectible Jeeps of all time, thanks to its unique accessories and classic stylings. The Lara Croft inspired SUV features a light bar, riveted fender flares, a diamond plated bumper guard, and Tomb Raider badging. It’s unclear whether there’s a feature that allows you to tear around ancient Nepalese monasteries dangling out of the window and shooting people.

In 2015, the Wrangler gained an array of new colours so varied and bold it’d make Van Gogh cut his other ear off with envy. Additionally, the SUV gained a new standard eight-speaker audio system and Torx tool set as standard for all models, which allows users to park up, whip out the old tool box, and unhinge the doors and windshield whenever they fancy getting closer to nature, or just have an urge to dangle their legs in the breeze as they hurtle down the motorway.

The Wrangler has consistently garnered rave reviews from critics and drivers alike over its lifespan. In 2007, a Wrangler set the Guinness World Record for highest altitude achieved by a four-wheeled vehicle when it bounded its way up the world’s highest volcano. Magazine Four Wheeler has awarded the Wrangler with multiple awards, including Four Wheeler of the Year, and the impressive 4×4 of the Decade. Multiple other institutions have adorned the Wranglers metaphorical chest piece with silverware, including Forbes and Business Week, who dubbed the Wrangler “One of the Most Iconic Cars of the Last 20 Years“. We’re in agreement there, Business Week.

As the Wrangler effortlessly powers its way up the vertical sides of the Bristol Street Iconic Car podium, it looks as though the plucky SUV has a long, adventurous future ahead of it.

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Author: Dan Hackett

Title: Taxi News Roundup – May 2016

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Summary: Take a look at the latest taxi industry news in our May 2016 roundup. Read about Uber's new wheelchair service, laws that could mean charges for diesel drivers, and local legislation news from around the UK.

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Meta Description: View the latest taxi industry news at The Taxi Centre, including plans for new diesel taxi charges, Uber's wheelchair vehicles, and all the latest taxi legislation information.

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Uber Launches Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Service              

Uber has recently announced that it is launching a fleet of 55 WAV taxis across London, allowing wheelchair users to guarantee wheelchair access at the push of a button. The option will be listed on the app as “Uberwav”, and will be fared at the same price point as the companies UberX vehicles, currently the lowest priced vehicles. Uber has launched the option in partnership with accessibility charities, including Scope, Whizz Kidz, and Transport for All, and says that it will invest £1m in the programme over its first 18 months.

Although Uberwav is only currently available in London, if successful the company is likely to expand the initiative across the UK. Uber has faced criticism in the past for having few provisions for wheelchair users, something that local councils have brought up when considering whether to grant the company a license.

UK Towns May Introduce Diesel Vehicle Fee

Drivers using diesel vehicles may soon face extra charges, after ministers announced plans to impose clean air zones throughout UK towns and cities. The plans aim to “cut the risk of cardiac, respiratory, and other diseases” by clamping down on air pollution from diesel vehicles. Last year the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) committee announced that Leeds, Southampton, Nottingham, Derby and Birmingham will all receive clean air zones by 2020. However, ministers have said that it’s likely that clean air zones will be extended into a far wider range of UK towns and cities.

The plans will particularly affect those driving old diesel taxis, who will face charges when driving in clean air zones. However, EFRA has also requested that the plans be implemented alongside a scrappage scheme to encourage drivers to trade in diesel vehicles for lower emission options.

Guide Dog Owners Seek Revised Taxi Laws

A charity is seeking tougher penalties for taxi drivers who refuse to carry guide dog owners, according to the Glasgow Evening Times. The Guide Dogs charity states that many drivers are refusing to take guide dogs, despite current laws stating that this is illegal. The charity states that tougher penalties would raise awareness of the laws, and is calling for wider disability training among drivers.

Speaking about the campaign, Guide Dog’s James White said that “[refusals happen] to people living with sight loss with shocking regularity just because they are accompanied by a guide dog. It’s not only illegal, it knocks people’s confidence and stops them doing the everyday things that most people take for granted”.

Drivers who refuse business to passengers with guide dogs can currently face fines of up to £1000 under the Equality Act 2010. However, prosecutions are rare, and when fines are awarded they are often as low as £50.

Local Drivers Protest “Unfair” Knowledge Test

Drivers operating under Swale Borough Council have claimed that a mandatory knowledge test is “impossible to pass”, according to Private Hire and Taxi Monthly. Local firms have protested that the test – which all drivers in the region must pass before being handed a license – is outdated and confusing. The test allegedly makes reference to landmarks that have since closed down or been demolished, and makes ambiguous references to existing landmarks. Richard Kipling, owner of Starlite taxis, has stated that drivers with years of experience in the area have failed the test and been subsequently barred from operating for 6 months, at which point they have to take the test again. Kipling believes that rather than ensuring passenger safety as intended, the test is acting as a barrier to recruitment.

Author: Fusion

Title: The Future is Here! Driverless Cars

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Summary: If you've been anywhere near the internet in the past decade, you will no doubt have caught wind of all the hubbub surrounding driverless cars. Interest in self-driving automobiles has peaked, with seemingly every major manufacturer seeking to muscle in, and the imagination of the public has been captured. What's all the fuss about?

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Meta Description: This week, Bristol Street Motors takes a look at the recent exciting developments in driverless technology and self driving cars.

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If you’ve been anywhere near  the internet in the past decade, you will no doubt have caught wind of all the hubbub surrounding driverless cars. Interest in self-driving automobiles has peaked, with seemingly every major manufacturer seeking to muscle in, and the imagination of the public has been captured.

Hollywood has always been fascinated with autonomous motors, from Knight Rider’s crime fighting KITT, to Roger Rabbit’s wise cracking taxi. Recently, however, the idea is looking increasingly like a reality. Mercedes-Benz, Audi, BMW, Ford, Toyota and more have all announced they intend to release vehicles that can drive independently by as early as 2020.

An autonomous car senses its surroundings through the use of gadgets including radar, GPS, motion estimation and object recognition. The vehicle’s systems interpret all of this data constantly, enabling it to keep track of its position, even in off road environments and England’s boisterous weather. From the outside, these cars appear normal; however there are cars currently in production that feature no steering wheel whatsoever, just comfortable seats, a smooth dashboard, and a GPS cheerily asking you where you would like to go. Volvo have even been in talks with Ericsson to arrange a high bandwidth allowance for their self-driving vehicle range, which would mean the occupants of their cars can sit back and binge watch Game of Thrones as they are ferried around.

The success or failure of these models will largely depend on the public’s trust in technology and willingness to be chauffeured by Optimus Prime’s distant cousin. So – what do the public think? A 2015 study by Delft University found that 33% of people interviewed stated they would buy a fully automated car. The most common apprehensions shared about driver-less cars were over hacking or misuse, as well as the more obvious concerns of your robo-chauffeur veering happily into a ditch.

 

As yet, Google’s prototype self-driving cars have only been involved in 14 minor road accidents over thousands of test miles travelled, and in each instance Google has maintained it was the fault of other (human) drivers. Nonetheless, the vehicles still report problems identifying when obstacles are harmless or not, causing the car to fly skidding into a hedge to avoid a drifting plastic bag. Similarly, the sensor technology cannot as yet determine when humans are signalling the car to stop – for example a furious police officer or baffled traffic warden.

As well as the afore mentioned fleet of search-engine funded robots, other companies such as Apple and Tesla are developing their own variants, in an automotive space-race to be the first car maker (or search engine, or, erm, computer manufacturer) to unveil an army of semi-sentient vehicles.    So far, so Skynet. One particular problem faced by engineers isn’t technical, but ethical. In situations in which the cars run into hot water, an algorithm would need to be developed in which the vehicles calculate the risks of their occupants, measured against the other cars on the road. For example: should your car drive you off a cliff to avoid a collision with a school bus? This moral conundrum has had engineers scratching their heads, and it is unlikely there will be an answer anytime soon.

Despite the bumps in the road, it seems the autonomous car is well on its way. In 2013, the UK government permitted the testing of driver-less vehicles on public roads. Financial services corporation Morgan Stanley estimates that autonomous cars could save the US $1.3 trillion annually by lowering fuel consumption, reducing crash costs, and boosting productivity. With more and more manufacturers piling on board, it looks increasingly likely that these robo-cars will be ferrying us around by the end of the decade. In the meantime, the Bristol Street Motors team can assist you in finding the perfect car with the latest in GPS technology.

Author: Dan Hackett