VIDEO: How would a self-driving car cope on Sheffield's roads?

Would the Tesla cope with the Parkway?
Would the Tesla cope with the Parkway?
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A car manufacturer has released video of a car that drives itself - but would such a vehicle cope on Sheffield's roads?

Electric carmaker Tesla says all cars it now builds will have hardware needed to drive completely on their own.

The Tesla self-driving car in action.

The Tesla self-driving car in action.

But despite the cameras, sensors and radars being introduced, it is still expected to be years before the vehicles become fully self-driving.

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We think it could well be many years before such vehicles are seen on the streets of Sheffield - but would a robot car be able to cope with our notorious road network?

In 2012, the city's roads were named as the worst in the country and earlier this year, Ecclesall Road was named as the worst for cyclists with a total of 43 crashes.

Abbeydale Road, Glossop Road, Penistone Road and London Road are also notorious for bike crashes and cyclists of a different kind were put to the test by the punishing climb of Jenkin Road in Wincobank during the 2014 Tour de France - the suburban street with a maximum gradient of 33 per cent was the steepest section of the race.

Traffic jams on the Parkway might test a self-driving car.

Traffic jams on the Parkway might test a self-driving car.

Then of course, there's the infamous Stocksbridge bypass, which has been the scene of many fatal accidents over the years and Sheffield's famous seven hills which have seen many a learner driver come a cropper on a hill start in their driving test.

And that's not to mention the lengthy and regular tailbacks on the Parkway, the delights of the double deck of the Tinsley Viaduct or the hairpin bends, twists and turns of the Snake Pass - that's if its not closed because of snow.

Sheffield's inner ring road has said to be have been tormenting drivers since 1961 - and there's many a motorist come unstuck by accidentally driving onto Supertrram tracks or trying to negotiate the city's one way systems.

Tesla introduced its Autopilot system last year, allowing some self-drive functions such as auto-braking.

The snowbound Snake Pass could prove tricky for a self driving set of wheels.

The snowbound Snake Pass could prove tricky for a self driving set of wheels.

But it is now temporarily disabling Autopilot on all new cars to allow "robust" testing with the new systems.

Tesla founder Elon Musk said its hardware was "basically a super-computer in a car," but added it would be up to regulators and the public to decide when self-driving vehicles could actually be used on the roads.

Tesla has an Autopilot feature in its Model S and Model X vehicles, allowing them to automatically change lanes and keep up with traffic.

But it suffered a setback in May when a man was killed driving a Tesla Model S while using the Autopilot function. A preliminary report into the incident said the driver had been speeding moments before he collided with a lorry.

The interior of the Tesla.

The interior of the Tesla.

The steep climb of Jenkin Road could prove tricky.

The steep climb of Jenkin Road could prove tricky.