"Should they teach the cars how to commit infractions from time to time to stay out of trouble?"

Self-driving car accident rates is double that of humans


Fri, Dec 18th, 2015 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Until the day that all cars are driverless, self-driving cars are facing the results of what happens when you obey the law all the time: more accidents. The autonomous vehicle, which have never been found at fault, are usually rear-ended by "inattentive or aggressive humans" unaccustomed to a vehicle obeying all traffic regulations. One solution may be to make the car more aggressive, albeit not everyone thinks that is a good idea.

“They do behave differently,” said Egil Juliussen, senior director at consultant IHS Technology and author of a study on how Google leads development of autonomous technology. “It’s a problem that I’m sure Google is working on, but how to solve it is not clear.”

One approach is to teach the vehicles when it’s OK to break the rules, such as crossing a double yellow line to avoid a bicyclist or road workers.

“It’s a sticky area,” Schoettle said. “If you program them to not follow the law, how much do you let them break the law?”



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