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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
Velázquez's The Lady With A Fan in the Great Gallery
The back way up from the ground floor that lands you in the Dutch galleries
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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.****
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, 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.
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.
On 18 April 2018 the Prime Minister, Theresa May, hosted the welcome reception and dinner for the Commonwealth summit in the Walkie Talkie.
Meanwhile, the same day, attending an all day meeting about lidar (which is used in autonomous vehicles) in Carlton House Terrace, near to the Commonwealth Secretariat, I found myself in the midst of the diplomatic flurry of so many heads of state and heads of government travelling about town. Give it a decade to another summit in London and some might be travelling in autonomous vehicles and, certainly, in electrically powered cars.
Broadgate Circus, November 2018
To City law firms I am regarded as a potential expert on autonomous vehicle technologies come the day that these are properly integrated to deliver services and disputes arise. It helps that I trained as an arbitrator as well as an architect, so I end up visiting the City often enough.
Driverless Cars 2015 Part 2
Driverless Cars 2015
Driverless Cars 2014 - Part 2
Driverless Cars 2014 - Part 1
Driverless cars 2013