You know you’ve been watching too much Sci-Fi when…

Driverless cars
Driverless Pods to be introduced to Milton Keynes.

I’m not a big lover of the news, in fact I usually try to avoid it if at all possible. I have one of those brains that convinces itself that everything bad I hear is going to happen to it, or more importantly us. However, once in a while a story pops up that piques my interest and this was one of them.

UK government paves way for driverless cars

The government has announced that it wants to make the UK a world centre for the development of driverless cars.

There is nothing particularly unusual about that, I am sure the UK was not the first place to think of the idea. For some people there would be certain benefits and it all seems quite space age if you ask me.

Then came this:

By mid-2017 it is planned that 100 fully autonomous vehicles will run on the town’s pathways along with pedestrians, using sensors to avoid collisions.

It was at this point that all my recent Sci Fi watching in Lovefilm caught up with me, and slapped me repeatedly about the face. I read the article but all I could see in my head was a vision of these little cars going mad and driving at people, scattering them like skittles at a bowling alley. What had previously been cute and futuristic became horror film freaky!

In all seriousness though, I am not sure that I would like to sit in a vehicle over which I had no control, although technically that’s what you do when you are a passenger, but you know what I mean. What if it took a turn up a dark alley and that was the last you were ever heard of. Never mind Colonel Mustard in the kitchen, it was the driverless car up the dark alley.

It reminds me of a film I once watched when I was younger called ‘La Cabina‘ about a man who became trapped in a phone box. At the time (I was extremely young)  it scared me witless and I didn’t set foot inside a phone box for months.  Eventually they brought out ones that had no doors, which I believe (in my head anyway) was a direct result of lots of people being scared witless by this short Spanish cult horror.

La Cabina
Ah balls, this is not going to end well!

So the moral of this story is, well there really isn’t one to be honest, but remember, don’t put your arse in either a driverless car or a phone box unless you’re prepared for the consequences!

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13 thoughts on “You know you’ve been watching too much Sci-Fi when…

  1. I love the thought of robot cars, especially if everyone has them. Accidents go down, always a dedicated driver and I can just doodle with my phone and not have road rage. Yup, I should move to the UK, lol. (That and they have superior TV).

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    • Lol it’s a robotic chauffeur you’re looking for, but yes, you do make it sound rather appealing!
      Superior TV, who told you that? lol Sure to watch anything decent I have to use either Netflix or Lovefilm to get all the good shows from the US.
      But it’s pretty green over here so your embers would fit right in lol

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  2. The effect of watching movies, haha :D.
    Sometimes they ruin your life. I can’t do certain things, like walking alone on the streets, without thinking what would happen if this were a movie. It can be so scary…

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  3. Google’s been working on driverless cars in California for several years now, and Cali has laid down some legislation regarding that (in favor). Still, anyone who gets it rolling will get cred in my book for starting what would be for me a godsend. Then falling asleep while driving would not be an issue for me!

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