Customers of a UK taxi firm may have been puzzled to hear last week that after five years of undercover research and development, the company – Derby's Albatross Cars – had apparently launched the UK's first ever driverless taxi fleet.
The firm published a YouTube video about its "scientific breakthrough", in which it revealed it had developed the technology following a "huge investment from a private investor", reports Derbyshire Live.
However, the date of the video, published just in time for 1 April, may have given a clue as to its authenticity. The announcement of Derby's very own robot taxi service turned out to be an elaborate April Fool. For now, at least, passengers wanting to travel around the city will have to content themselves with Derby's regular cab drivers.