We’re in full swing preparing for this year’s Autocar Awards next month.

Everyone and his mate gives out awards nowadays (as with the road test in 1928, we pioneered them around 35 years ago), but in most cases, they’re shamelessly exploited for advertising purposes. “You’ve won our SUV With Shiniest Hubcaps award,” say the circling advertising reps. “Now show us your money.”

However, we do it differently: our big gongs go to people, because it’s our pleasure and duty to recognise the world’s great car creators of the year – and it was in pursuit of a pre-awards interview with just such a car hero that I found myself in a far-flung European capital today.

It turned out that by far the easiest means of getting about was Uber. Photographer Max Edleston and I spent the princely sum of £44 on five journeys, waiting less than five minutes each time to be picked up.

For now, our Ubermobiles had drivers (all pleasant, like every Uber driver I can remember), but the experience made a powerful case for driverless cars in city centres and for getting back and forth to airports. I used to think the so-called robocab threatened car ownership (still dear to my heart), but it just doesn’t. Bring it on.

Tuesday

We’ve done some preliminary testing of the Ineos Grenadier and liked it a lot, so it was interesting to chat to a friend and former top Land Rover engineer (far enough removed to maintain anonymity) who along with several work pals was recently offered access to a car. Here’s their no-frills assessment…