Watch out for the driverless car – it’s going to overtake policy makers

Some technologies seem to be perpetually touted as the ‘next big thing’ which will improve life if only politicians took investing in it seriously. Fusion and magnetic levitation trains are two that come to mind.
Yet other technological change rolls round remarkably quickly, leaving those same politicians scrabbling to catch up with its implications. The world wide web is the poster child for such changes.