It’s a new phase to the technical fix – after the failure of the car manufacturers to stick to EU rules by scamming the tests and fitting defeat devices on their vehicles.
Perhaps I’ve grown too cynical but won’t the middle classes have their driverless cars circling around town while they attend meetings in office blocks with restricted parking?
Also electric vehicles aren’t entirely pollution-free even if charged with renewable energy.
What will be done about the particulates (PM 2.5) that come off the tyres and brakes – the tiny grains that get into our bodies and mess with hearts – brains and testicles?
As an ex-archaeologist I am well aware of the link between environmental degradation and the collapse of civilisations.
For example one early theory linked the decline of the Roman Empire with its increasing use of lead pipes.
A technology that benefited millions of city dwellers also brought them damage to the brain and nervous system – the stomach and the kidneys.
Lead pipes can also cause high blood pressure and other health problems.
According to scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem sperm counts among men in the west have more than halved in the past 40 years and are currently falling by an average of 1.4% a year.
The World Health Organization now recognises the problem but hasn’t identified a specific cause.