'The boss of Aston Martin Lagonda has attacked ministers' Brexit strategy – and said a No Deal departure is better than more uncertainty.
Andy Palmer blasted the Government's attempt at negotiations, and broke with other car bosses by calling for the country to leave the European Union in October even if no agreement has been reached.
Palmer is bored of Brexit and told a crowd of car industry insiders in London: 'We think we know how we would cope with No Deal. We've planned for that. It's not great, we'd prefer it wasn't a No Deal.'
This stance is in stark contrast to other car firms with British operations, from Jaguar Land Rover to Nissan, insisting that No Deal would be disastrous.
The industry would be disproportionately disrupted by delays at borders or problems with customs, as it gets its parts delivered at the last minute in what is called a 'just-in-time' system.
Palmer slammed the Government for debating its negotiation strategy in public, which he said 'is not very bright', and said he was full of admiration for the way the EU has handled the negotiations.
He also poured scorn on hopes that driverless cars will be widely available in his lifetime, saying the expectation was 'absurd'.
When asked if we will ever have autonomous cars that do not need humans on stand-by to operate, the 56-year-old said: 'Not in the way that is described - at least, not in my lifetime.'
He explained this is because it would require huge amounts of internet infrastructure to enable cars to receive instructions from the world around them, especially outside big cities.
The likes of Ford, General Motors, Tesla, Google and even Uber have been testing self-driving vehicle technology, the holy grail for the transport market.
Palmer also said a version of driverless technology that is currently in trial stages at a number of companies is 'reckless'.
This technology sees a car take over most driving but needs a passenger to intervene if the car requests it.'
Read more: No Deal Brexit is not big risk, says Aston Martin boss as he brands the Government's negotiations 'laughable'
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