01/10/2021

The crashed driver of the self-driving car was watching Harry Potter

It happened on July 1, 2016 in the United States. The world’s first autonomous driving car had travelled 209 million kilometres on autopilot without a scratch. That day, ex-marine Jossua Brown activated the autopilot and started watching a Harry Potter movie. He forgot about the road and did not see a tractor with a trailer enter. The bright sky dazzled the vehicle’s sensors that did not engage the brakes and… WHAM!

 

Five years later, the UK has announced that it would allow driverless cars on its roads this year. In 2035, 50 million self-driving vehicles are expected to be on the roads, reducing accidents. However, there is still an unsolved mystery: a possible system failure caused by hackers.