Jeremy Clarkson has warned he was nearly killed by an autonomous car recently, after the vehicle made two “huge mistakes” while driving along the M4 motorway.
“I drove a car the other day which has a claim of autonomous capability and twice in the space of 50 miles on the M4 it made a mistake, a huge mistake, which could have resulted in death,” Clarkson wrote in the Sunday Times magazine. “We have to be very careful legally, so I’m not going to say which one,” he added.
Clarkson says the incidents convinced him the technology was still “a very long way off”, adding: “For now, we’re miles away from it.”
Clarkson’s warning coincides with UK chancellor Philip Hammond’s plans to announce changes to regulations to allow developers to test self-driving cars on UK roads for the first time.
Hammond wants to see driverless cars on British roads by 2021 – boosting the £28 billion industry and providing 27,000 jobs.
Audi are among those who are planning to start selling advanced autonomous cars next year.