They are according to Simon Thompson, a principle researcher of artificial intelligence at BT Adastral Park. Hazel Pettifor attended The Tommy Flowers Institute Conference on the Future of Transport on 5th March 2019. This annual conference brings together academics, research institutions and industry practitioners with a common interest in innovation, this year it was the turn of the transport sector. A key take home from the conference came from Simon whose presentation demonstrated the current status of machine deep learning systems. His message was simple. Truly autonomous vehicles are many years away. Visual systems are far too primitive for any machine to drive autonomously on complex road systems.