In Brief

Our driverless future will transform our urban spaces, and the routes between them

This article titled “Driverless cars are the future. We’re living in the motorised middle ages” was written by Martin Belam, for theguardian.com on Wednesday 2nd March 2016 13.19 UTC

Our cities must have been dreadfully foul and smelly before the motor car. At the London Transport Museum they have a display of two horse-drawn vehicles. Pre-recorded voices make it sound like the model horses are chatting to each other, and there’s fake horse dung on the floor for extra giggles. Whole sub-industries flourished in clearing up the straw and excrement clogging up our 19th-century streets. It must have been particularly grim when it rained or snowed.

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