More Driverless Car Shenanigans – PC Perspective

More Driverless Car Shenanigans – PC Perspective

Apparently we have a theme this week.

Today there are two separate pieces of news about driverless cars, though this time it seems there are programming glitches like we saw yesterday. Only a handful of incidents have been reported, but the number of cars is also small so the percentage is not high. The first involves the Zouks-powered Toyota Highlanders developing a distaste for motorcycles.. There are apparently 500 Zouks on the road and two of them decide to brake suddenly when they detect a motorcycle behind them, causing the motorcyclist to crash into the rear of the SUV. In one case it resulted in injuries, in both cases the vehicles were damaged.

Another story shows Waymo driverless cars crashing into parked cars as well as randomly drifting into oncoming traffic. This “unexpected behavior” 22 times have been reported, although the actual number of incidents is much higher. Of the 22 incidents reported, 17 of them resulted in collisions, although it was not immediately clear whether these were the result of collisions or vehicles driving into stationary objects. Waymo has already had to recall more than 400 cars after two collisions with vehicles. The learning curve for safer driverless cars seems steeper than many companies are willing to admit.

Happy Patch Tuesday too!

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