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I lived on the same street as the Wallace Collection for much of my first decade and I now find it probably the most accessibly presented treasure house in London, with a friendly and commonsense approach that other free entry museums cannot quite match. It is also a little enigmatic architecturally - but not too much.


First floor landing





The back way up from the ground floor that lands you in the Dutch galleries




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A view of the Thames and the Shard from near the top of the 'Walkie-Talkie' and, below, of St Paul's Cathedral, way below.

There are 1001 ways to characterise London but a new tower in the City of London and a treasure house of European art history are not a bad pair to choose in a quest.

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Beyond its past, London is always going forward and we may possibly get a semi-autonomous vehicle trial on its roads.

Any vehicle with advanced semi-autonomous capabilities will need to be electric or electric hybrid as it makes management of driving characteristics such as acceleration easier.

Beyond that, for fully autonomous vehicles, if they can become a reality on a medium term timescale somewhere, full electric drive is the very clear preferred option for safety reasons: you cannot have an autonomous vehicles leaking coolant or lubricant as internal combustion engines sometimes do if there no driver.



When will we be seeing Volvo's semi-autonomous vehicles on London's roads?

Provided trials remain within the bounds of good safety, realism and the law we welcome all competing projects.

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Within hours of our publishing the two photographs above on 28 February 2017, a Nissan semi-autonomous vehicle was doing a six mile circuit on roads in a quiet part of London, making it a first for a vehicle with a high level of semi-autonomous capability taking to public roads in the U.K. The type of vehicle used was the all-electric Leaf, a vehicle type manufactured by Nissan in Sunderland.

Car manufacturers are in the lead now in Europe on the path to driverless cars but here at Worldreviews we would also like to see the Waymo cars (formerly Google cars) somewhere on London's roads as they are targeting full autonomous transport from the outset.