The engineers manage to get out and the hardware engineer suggests phoning the emergency services.
But the software engineer says, "No, let's just get back in and see if it happens again."
So, who's Getting Excited About Driverless Cars?
But The BBC are.
Three stories from them since it was announced that driverless cars will be allowed on British shores.
Here's the first one that makes the announcement.
Then Business Secretary Vince Cable had a ride in one.
Then a BBC Journalist had a go.
The Government want cities to bid for the right to trial driverless cars next January. I hope none do. But if are going to get lumbered with them, at least let them be like in the video with someone competent and sober at the steering wheel to take control. I could live with that.
I don't like Vince Cable much since he helped his mate get the Lib Dem leadership by shafting the likeable Charles Kennedy in return for a senior post within the Party. But that's beside the point. He was asked in the report whether or not he was nervous. Stupid question - he was travelling slowly-ish on a private test-track with massive run-off areas next to a professional test-driver who could take control at any second. It's not like he'd accepted a high-speed lift across London off Charles Kennedy.
Maybe it is because I like cars and driving that I don't like the idea of driverless cars - I foresee accidents unless these cars go so slowly that they can cater for all of the eventualities that may or may not have been programmed in to them. They are unlikely to travel above the speed limit and I doubt if they will get the concept of accelerating OUT of trouble.
But at least if someone in the driver's seat can arrest control, it shouldn't be too horrific - assuming he isn't texting or reading a book or having forty winks at the time. Or blind drunk. Or blind.
The Google driverless cars seem much scarier. They have no steering wheel or pedals and a top speed of 25mph. They will have no facility for a human to take control, other than an emergency stop button. That will be really useful when an out-of-control bus is heading straight towards you. I chose bus for dramatic effect but a motorbike would be bad enough.
Oh yes, and they look stupid.