What James is unaware of though are the ongoing politics among his staff and government ministers who are deciding the future of autonomous vehicles on the UK's roads. If James's company SEDA can secure permission to release cars in the UK then things are going to be huge for him, as the company can then seek to release vehicles internationally. But the people at the top are not playing fair. Then there are personal issues in James's life which could potentially have influenced the decisions being made. Why was his wife spending so much time at the business premises in areas which she would have no need to be in? Who was she talking to and why?
This is a fantastic book of morals, politics and technology which may not be far away from our roads - it certainly made me think about certain angles to the autonomous vehicle arguments. The effects on employment in the future - all the lorry drivers, bus and taxi drivers who would potentially no longer be required if the vehicles drove themselves; what happens when a vehicle crashes - the insurance implications regarding fault and payouts; should the vehicles be totally autonomous or is the manual override system essential for safety reasons? Abi Silver has certainly opened my mind to a whole set of issues which I had never considered regarding driverless vehicles and the research she must have done to be able to present such a multi-faceted story is mind blowing.
My thanks to Rachel Gilbey for allocating me a slot on the tour for this book, which I thoroughly enjoyed especially given the purely coincidental timing of reading it.