|MOTORWAYS which 'drive' the
vehicles on them are best way to solve traffic
problems, Sir Clive Sinclair, the inventor, says
in a report from the right-wing Adam Smith
Institute, Traffic in the City,
published today. Automating the roads is the only
answer to the problems of transport flow and
traffic's environmental effects, Sir Clive says.
'What I envisage . are motorways that you drive
to, but once on them the control of the vehicle
is taken over by the road.'
This would enable
cars to travel at about 100mph, very close
together and in great safety. 'Of course it will
be very costly to transfer from our present
situation to such a situation, but I believe we
will have to.'
Sir Clive, whose earlier contribution to
traffic technology was the Sinclair C5 electric
tricycle, says he is convinced that automation
will happen eventually.