You would think that the only thing that would terrify Top Gear’s former Stig Ben Collins would have been having to work with Jeremy Clarkson.
Now the former test driver for the BBC motoring show has described the prospect of driverless cars as terrifying, saying that “robots are fantastic as dishwashers but they don’t make very good drivers”.
“The best computer onboard the car is a human, so it’s sad that they are trying to put us out of a job,” Collins said on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
“The sad thing is now we are sort of drip feeding the technology in, things like flashing wing mirrors that try and tell you when to look. You stop bothering to look for yourself.”
Of course, Collins clearly has a fear of being replaced after he was sacked as The Stig from Top Gear in 2010.
The UK government announced this week that from January 2015, driverless cars will be allowed to use public roads.
Business secretary Vince Cable said that three UK cities would be selected to host trials of driverless car technology from 2015, and each project ws expected to last from 18 to 36 months.