According to the Seattle Times, self-driving cars get rear-ended because they drive really weird: while robots "obey the letter of the law," humans "violate the rules in a safe and principled way," causing problems when the two share the road.
What they’ve found is that while the public may most fear a marauding vehicle without a driver behind the wheel, the reality is that the vehicles are overly cautious. They creep out from stop signs after coming to a complete stop and mostly obey the letter of the law — unlike humans.
Smoothing out that interaction is one of the most important tasks ahead for developers of the technology, says Karl Iagnemma, chief executive officer of self-driving software developer NuTonomy.
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