If only self-driven cars could honk, swear and project a middle finger. They then might get the respect they need to make it on the road.
Alas, aggressive driving and road rage are all too human, and self-driven cars aren’t ready to compete against everyday motorists. That’s what Google is finding in its high-tech work to create driverless cars.
For example when a self-driven vehicle has slowed to allow a pedestrian to cross, the Google car has gotten rear-ended by a human behind the wheel in a standard automobile, The New York Times reports. The Google cars are programmed to follow the law; human drivers, not so much.
That makes four-way stops challenging for self-driven cars because people who are behind the wheel rarely come to a full stop, and forget about the courtesy of yielding. Programmers for the high-tech, self-driven vehicles will have to find a way to write code into the cars for human emotions so that the Google cars can function as long as people are still behind the wheel.
That programming may have to stay in place at least a couple of decades because people today keep their cars an average now of 11 years. After all of the human driven cars are off the road, then the self-driven cars can go back to being robotic, polite and predictable.