Hurry up with autonomous car tech to safeguard us

This week BMW released a teaser video of the upcoming i8 plug-in hybrid roadster in Europe. The little you get to see is really impressive, and although I don’t regard hybrids or plugins as real cars, I’m curious to know what engineers did with the roof mechanism.
Also this week, but in South Africa, authorities were pleased to announce that so far only 11 boys have died at initiation schools this season and a certain pastor named ‘Mboro’ claimed to have gone to hell, slayed the devil, and made it back to Katlehong where his Incredible Happenings Church is situated.
That, folks is the world we live in… Cutting edge technology being employed at one end to produce a futuristic super car, and at the other some quack is carving away at boys’ manhood with a primeval implement.
And while BMW’s teaser clip doesn’t show much – half is of what looks like the inside of a Boeing turbine – pastor Marlboro, or whatever, apparently also has photographic proof that he smoked Satan.

Those he sells to the more stupid members of his congregation for R5 000 a piece. Personally I think BMW and other car makers should stop messing around with hybrids and plug-ins and start working in earnest on autonomous cars.
As much as I hate the idea of not being in total control of what I drive, I’m petrified of sharing the road with people who willingly have bush mechanics work on their private parts, as well as the type who believe pastor Marlboro went to hell and came back with selfies to prove it.
He, the pastor, actually owns a BWM i8, which he claims ‘arrived out of the sky as a gift from God’.
Please, BMW, Merc, Google, Apple and all others, hurry up with those self-driving cars.


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