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Hands off the Wheel

What is fuelling the race to build fully self-driving cars and do we really need them?

What is fuelling the race to build fully self-driving cars and do we really need them? Put your seat-belt on for a special edition of World Business Report, as Theo Leggett explores the future of autonomous vehicles. We'll find out what it's like to drive, or rather, not drive one, travelling hands-free on a motorway while wearing a virtual reality headset. Although full automation is some years away, vehicles are already making use of assistive technology for braking, steering and parking. Thatcham Research tests cars for the insurance industry - we visit their testing track to see how safe some existing systems really are. And could a driver-less future be sent off-course by hackers? We hear from Chris Valasek and Charlie Miller, who made a name for themselves by hacking a vehicle, then turned their hands to improving autonomous vehicle security.

(Photo: A man wearing a virtual reality headset at the wheel of a self-driving vehicle. Credit: Yannick Brossard / Renault)

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