Classics of the genre

Some recent examples of driverless cars, rampaging out of control. Something really must be done about these mechanical beasts!

In Gorleston –

A crash between a woman on a bicycle and a car has partially blocked Suffield Road in Gorleston. Paramedics are at the scene, and called police to the incident at 8.35am. Police said the accident involved a Ford Fiesta and a cyclist. Suffield Road is partially blocked at the Lowestoft Road junction.

The BBC report from West Sussex

A spokesman said: “This is a very busy road with a 60 mph limit, and unlit at night. There are increased safety concerns that as a responsible highways authority we must address.” He said there had been a number of incidents in the road which gave rise to new concerns, including an incident where a man climbed a tripod in the middle of the road, which cars had to avoid.

Sixty children were delayed in getting to school, he added. “Local schools have started a new term and as a result there is likely to more traffic using this section of road,” the statement said. “There has also been rain and that brings with it the risk of vehicles skidding if they are distracted by activity in the road, or on the verges.”

Cars are dangerous enough at the best of times. Can you imagine how dangerous they get if you distract them? They skid out of control!

And finally, from the Guardian

Woman dies after car hits pedestrians

Two more people injured as car leaves road in Birmingham and ploughs into small crowd on pavement

One woman has died and two other people were injured after a car hit pedestrians. West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) was called to reports of a collision involving a car and a number of pedestrians in Small Heath, Birmingham, at 12.50pm.

A WMAS spokeswoman said: “When crews arrived, they found a car which had left the road and collided with a group of pedestrians and a wall. One pedestrian, a woman, sustained multiple injuries and was in cardiac arrest.

“Crews immediately commenced advanced life support at the scene but, due to her critical condition, they decided to ‘scoop and run’, conveying her by land ambulance on blue lights to Heartlands Hospital whilst they continued emergency treatment en route. Sadly, despite the best efforts of ambulance crews and hospital medics, nothing could be done to save the woman and she was confirmed dead a short time later.”

A four-year-old boy had abdominal pain and suspected fractures to his pelvis and leg, and a woman in her 20s sustained a facial injury.

The male driver of the car was uninjured in the crash.

Only in the very last sentence is it made plain that this car actually had a ‘driver’.

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5 Responses to Classics of the genre

  1. brencud says:

    I think real driverless cars (e.g. the Google car) would actually be a lot safer!

  2. Felix the cat. says:

    Why is the make and model of the car mentioned so often in these reports?

  3. “The accident involved a Ford Focus and a Dawes Super Galaxy” For example. Daft.

    This report from The Northern Echo recently was a classic example ( the comment from the spokesman makes me think we have automonous vehicles already

    “A COACH that left the A1 today (Monday September 16) and ended up on a grass verge was not carrying passengers.

    National Express confirmed that they are investigating how one of their coaches, which was left at the side of the A1 near Burtree, came to leave the road.

    A spokesman said: “We are aware an empty service vehicle has left the carriageway of the A1 (M) and is awaiting recovery.”

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