The driverless car revolution is upon us, with the first generation of autonomous vehicles already being tested on British roads , but experts have warned the new technology could have some unintended consequences.
Barrie Kirk from the Canadian Automated Vehicles Centre of Excellence claims that removing the need to focus on the road will result in a lot of passengers having sex behind the wheel, as a means of whiling away tedious motorway journeys.
He warned that this could actually be very dangerous, because although the vehicles are described as "driverless", there will be a lot of instances when humans needs to jump in and take control.
Sex behind the wheel of a driverless car could be dangerous
"I am predicting that, once computers are doing the driving, there will be a lot more sex in cars," he told the Toronto Sun .
"That’s one of several things people will do which will inhibit their ability to respond quickly when the computer says to the human, 'Take over.'"
Some Canadian federal officials have reportedly highlighted the issue in briefing notes compiled for the Canadian Transport Minister, Marc Garneau, citing media reports of Tesla drivers engaged in "questionable practices" while on the road.
Tesla's autopilot view
These range from engaging in hanky panky to reading a newspaper and brushing their teeth, according to the notes obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.
"Drivers tend to overestimate the performance of automation and will naturally turn their focus away from the road when they turn on their auto-pilot," said the note.
"It really needs to be emphasized that these vehicles are not truly self-driving."
The news comes after a survey of 900 UK drivers by Whatcar.com revealed that more than a quarter of motorists trust the technology behind driverless cars enough to have a nap while on the road.
Motorists should keep their attention on the road, experts warn
hatting to others in the car, browsing the web and watching TV were also things motorists said they would do while a car drove itself, with two respondents going as far as to say they would have sex.
A similar study conducted by Co-op Insurance found that one fifth of young drivers thought self-driving technology could lead to the end of the designated driver .
More than a fifth of the 1,000 17- to 25-year-olds polled said that fully autonomous vehicles would leave them free to consume as much alcohol as they want.