In a perfect driving world, everyone would simply follow the rules of the road. Drivers would ensure they make complete stops at lights and stops signs, indicators would always be on, and no would speed.
Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect driving world and this may pose a bit of an issue when it comes to autonomous vehicles.
There are autonomous test cars (a.k.a. robots) that can be found all over California and what’s been revealed as of late is these self-driving vehicles are simply too cautious for their own good. It seems that because they are obeying road rules to a proverbial ‘T’, there are quite a few low-speed crashes that occurring as a result.
As Mike Ramsey, Gartner Analyst who specializes in high-level auto technologies, recently relayed, these cars drive (literally) like robots, not people. He added that they are simply odd, which is why they are getting hit.
The Drive reported that California is currently the only state in America that demands reports on accidents involving self-driving cars. As per the state’s DMV web page, over 40 self-driving car accidents have been reported to date. Almost all the reported crashed happened at low speeds, within intersections, and no injuries were caused. Thirteen of the cases were a result of the autonomous vehicle being rear-ended.
Organizations that are creating these autonomous vehicles are currently working on a way to help self-driving cars transition better with their human-driver counterparts on the road. Kyle Vogt, General Motors Cruise Automation CEO, recently relayed in a blog that his company’s self-driving Chevy Bolts have been created to mimic human drivers, without human mistakes.
Waymo, Google’s autonomous vehicle division is trying something with their self-driving car, along the same lines as above, by working on wider turns and moving forward slowly at flashing yellow lights. This, not only for safety reasons, but also to allow a more comfortable drive for the self-driving vehicle’s passengers.