As a car enthusiast the news that autonomous technology is rolling into the mainstream won’t come as news to you, but as we live and breath the steps being taken to achieve the nirvana (for some) of self-driving cars, it’s important not to take major announcements like today’s between Jaguar and Waymo - Google’s self-driving arm - for granted.

At the risk of massive hyperbole, today’s news is another step in what is likely to become part of history. Perspective could grow its importance or - more likely - reduce its ultimate significance to a footnote, but that should not diminish the impact that this - and other similar partnerships - will likely have.

A study from Intel and research firm Strategy Analytics last summer gave insights into what’s potentially at stake, both in societal and financial terms.

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Highlights included the facts that more than half a million lives would be saved between 2035 and 2045 because of safety advances made by autonomous vehicles, as well as opening the potential for $234 billion (£165 billion) of safety-related public finance savings over the same period.