It’s hard to overstate the potential impact of driverless technology on the mobility of elderly holidaymakers, and those with disabilities. Imagine for example the ability to explore America’s great national parks (notoriously neglected by public transport) just by telling your car where you want to go, or being able to get around a chaotic city like Paris or Rome without having to rely on taxis.

The development of driverless cars continues at great speed, and UK trials are starting shortly in London, Milton Keynes, Bristol and Coventry. With strong funding from national governments and leading car makers, it’s likely that this futuristic vision will be a reality within the next decade.

See Driverless cars to be tested on public roads in The Week for the latest. There’s a fascinating video in there about Volvo’s pilot project in Sweden.