Kangaroo safety fears for driverless cars must be used to help develop protections for horses on British roads, a Suffolk Tory MP has suggested.
James Cartlidge, MP for South Suffolk, said that the marsupials' bouncing had thrown off Volvo's large animal detection systems, as he called on car manufacturers to consider all road users when designing the devices.
During a Westminster Hall debate on the safety of riders and horses on rural roads, Mr Cartlidge said: "I did want to raise the point of driverless vehicles, because although we have had driverless horses for many centuries actually - driverless cars will bring their own issues.
"I don't know if people are aware of Volvo - they have an issue with kangaroos.
"Volvo had recently reported their driverless cars which had initially been tested to detect and avoid mooses - is the plural of moose mooses? - in Sweden, have struggled with marsupials.
"I think it's because they bounce, rather than approach steadily - I don't know, I'm not an expert."
Mr Cartlidge added: "But I hope that in developing large animal detection systems within driverless cars - this is a serious point actually, because we want to lead the world in this industrial field of driverless automotives - that they will be cognisant of all users of the road as that comes forward."