Autonomous cars: we answer the 10 most important questions

autonomous cars

This may be what driving is like – one day (Picture © Volvo)

Autonomous cars are just around the corner. Or are they? It’s the tech everyone’s talking about, yet the reality is we know very little about it. And what we do know is confusingly bound up in reams of legislation. So, let’s try to find answers to 10 of the most obvious questions.

What are autonomous cars?

These are cars that use electronics to control the driving process. But there’s a difference between an autonomous or self-driving car and a driverless car. A self-driving car needs a driver at its helm. A driverless car doesn’t. While a driverless car must be self-driving, a self-driving car isn’t always driverless.

Will autonomous cars stop driving for fun?

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Top Gear episode 5 review: bargain used sports cars

Top Gear episode 5

James May reviewed the Ferrari La Ferrari for Top Gear episode 5. The snag? It costs more than £1 million – unlike our used alternatives (Picture © Ferrari)

For Top Gear episode 5, we saw the Top Gear boys mucking around in a Ferrari La Ferrari, Porsche Cayman, Chevrolet Corvette and a bunch of tired Peugeots. This may have given viewers the impression that it’s nice work if you can get it. But we were left wondering how on earth it would be possible to own similar cars (except perhaps the Peugeots) for a fraction of the price.

The La Ferrari cost more than £1 million when new, a Corvette is £65,510 and a Porsche Cayman GTS is a shade over £55,300, which is let’s admit it, more than most of us have stashed down the sofa. So we’ve looked at the second hand alternatives to the cars that Clarkson, Hammond and May waxed lyrical over. The results are well worth five minutes of your time…  Continue reading