Are you bored of the near-endless media coverage given to autonomous vehicles? If you like cars and enjoying driving (at least most of the time), I wouldn't blame you.

Somewhere along the line, the press, car company bosses and investors have all decided that autonomous vehicles are the future. The upshot is that there’ll be plenty more of the kind of excitable coverage given to the launch of Google’s Waymo autonomous driving spin-off.

Not to be outdone, Volvo and its partner Uber also managed to get one of its autonomous XC90s onto the streets of San Francisco, even though the vehicle appeared to lack the correct Californian permit.

There are a number of reasons why self-driving vehicles have captured global imagination. Firstly, the car has not undergone the kind of technical revolution that was seen in communications technology. We’re still sitting in metal boxes, manually rowing them through the traffic. So many in the general media think autonomy is bound to be the long-awaited automotive ‘big bang’.

Also, a few years ago the car industry convinced itself that young people would not learn to drive or would never own a car. That’s why so much effort was put into urban car-sharing schemes.