by Mike –
Wallace Wyss, a frequent contributor, is sending yes his last question about what can we expect from autonomous cars when they “take over” around 2020.
You are a passenger in a fully autonomous car–no steering wheel, no brake pedal–turning left at a four way intersection with electric arrows.
As it becomes your turn to turn left, the arrow is green but there’s a large truck on your right blocking off your view. The traffic that can turn left coming your way is curiously not moving. But the autonomous car says “green arrow, I have right of way.”
It turns with you in it, only to encounter a Highway Patrol turning from Northeast to SW against the light, siren and red police lights on. You collide nearly head on.
The question is: all the normal parameters–green arrow OK–gave the robot permission but what does a robot do when it encounters a human piloted vehicle breeching the rules? Remember when your robot driver was turning he could not see the police car cutting a left turn but a human driver at the wheel of your car would have had a clue that the left turners opposite were not moving when they had a green arrow.
What say you?
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