gzt:happyfunball: But in other countries, such as the US, its very close to reality.
It is a daily reality for selected Google Waymo family trial participants in Arizona. Waymo are a long long way ahead..
Waymo has a driver behind the wheel ready to take control if there is a problem, and the driver is supposed to remain vigilant. This is really just fancy cruise control.
The 'driverless' cars that are sparking the popular imagination now are about not having to drive and pay attention to the road so you can do something else. Freedom from driving. The car shows are displaying mock-ups with retractable steering columns etc. We are still a ways from that on public roads, even in Arizona.
It still would be great to have the car steer itself mind you, but the real prize is freedom from vigilance. We are a ways from that still.