Jim Thorn, Southport, Qld

While cruising on a rural road recently I spotted what looked like roadworks in the distance. It was, so I and the cars following me slowed and glided to a stop while contraflow traffic cleared the available single lane.

This is something that happens often on rural roads. I wondered, though, what would have happened if that lead vehicle was an autonomous car – how would it have been able to not only figure out what it was looking at while travelling at 100km/h, but slowing and stopping where needed?

Right up there with the muchvaunted paperless office of the early 1990s, self-driving cars in the real world just won’t happen.