Waymo Begins Driverless Ride-Hailing–Sort Of
As the story notes, the problem with self-drive cars is they still contain human drivers to take over if necessary. It is these human drivers who cause accidents when they take over.
"One of Waymo’s vehicles was involved in a crash in October that the company blamed on the human test driver. Apparently, a car in another lane changed lanes into the Waymo car’s lane, so the human driver took over to change lanes and avoid a crash. But the human driver failed to notice there was a motorcycle in the other lane that collided with the Waymo vehicle. Without the human to take over, the car (which probably detected the motorcycle) might have taken the hit from the other car, which would have been the other car’s fault."
The myopic human caused a highly dangerous crash between an auto and a motorcycle to avoid a far less dangerous crash between two automobiles. Can we speed up the true self-drive car and get rid of the human "drivers!" We really should call human "drivers" human colliders.