The citizens of Cardiff could find themselves hailing the world’s first computer-controlled driverless taxis, which have been designed by Bristol-based engineering development firm Advanced Transport Systems.
The ‘smart cabs’ will eschew ‘the knowledge’ for a magnetised guideway that links eight stops in the Cardiff Bay loop. With four berths per car, and just 30 vehicles, this won’t make a huge dent in the 97 per cent car saturation in the area.
There are no plans to pre-program the cars with ubiquitous cabby chat. Expect instead an explosion in unlicensed smart cab firms rolling people down hills in giant gyroscopes when they can’t get home late at night.