Driverless vehicle eventually halted by cutting off the power

In what sounds like a scene from a Buster Keaton film, a runaway tram in Prague was pursued through the Czech capital’s streets by its driver on a bicycle as he tried to stop it before it reached the city centre.

The tram, which had no passengers on board, started its driverless journey at a depot in the Motol district where – presumably in grainy black and white footage with a dramatic piano accompaniment – it burst through the gates and rolled along the tracks, chased by its driver on his bike.

Eventually – cue black card showing a light bulb and the word “Idea!” – some bright spark at the depot thought of switching the electricity off, but not before the tram had travelled a mile along a busy road towards the city centre and the driver had suffered light injuries trying to get into the cab.

A spokesman for the Rail Safety Inspectorate told Associated Press that the incident was most likely due to human error.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.


JurisA [1 post] 7 years ago

This is hilarious, they could have been very careful with that,with or without passengers. Rail Safety Inspectorate would be responsible whatever happens regardless if the incident was likely to be a human error or not. There is much discussion on what is best for engine and vehicle in general when it comes to fuel. The debate is still not resolved. The biggest part of the debate is how high you should fill up your gas tank. The three most common ways to fill your tank are midway, all the way, or letting it run dry. All of these have their advantages, and flaws that could result in you getting a payday loan to correct damage if done incorrect. Your gasoline tank has a filter that is required to create fumes, and when you top off you can flood it and have to replace it. If you let your motor run entirely dry you can fry your whole engine, but allowing it to run extremely low also can clear out the gunk that settles on the bottom of your gas tank with time. Lastly half fuel will really only conserve you a few gallons of gas in the whole entire year, but may help you stay safe from damages.

step.doran [62 posts] 7 years ago

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