Heathrow rolls out soon-to-be-broken driverless taxis.

Oh dear. The BAA - that English organisation who took away all the UK airports and replaced them with badly-functioning shopping malls, has put the finishing touches on it's driverless taxi system at Heathrow Terminal 5 today. The initial rollout sees the system whisking people from the Terminal 5 shopping mall to one of the mind-numbingly-expensive parking lots.

I predict that system will have failed and fallen into disrepair by the end of the year and here's why.

1. It's the BAA and they can't even keep the bloody moving walkways working which is 1970s technology

2. Without supervision, trust me - vandalism will be rife in these new little pods. Four lads, beered-up on their way to Ibiza, unsupervised, in a driverless taxi pod? It will be pushed off the track or be filled with piss and vomit.

3. The public are, for the most part, stupid - to expect a population of people who still have VHS recorders blinking "12:00" under their TVs to be able to use a touch screen interface in a driverless taxi is just asking too much. These are the same people who, when presented with a line of doors in to a building, will queue up to walk through the one that is open instead of going to the front and opening another door.

Nice idea, but it won't ever work. Not in England. Now in Japan - maybe.

Driverless taxi pods.


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