Humans Are Slamming Into Driverless Cars and Exposing a Key Flaw

The self-driving car, that cutting-edge creation that’s supposed to lead to a world without accidents, is achieving the exact opposite right now: The vehicles have racked up a crash rate double that of those with human drivers.

The glitch?

They obey the law all the time, as in, without exception.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    Sometimes you have to break the traffic laws to remain safe.

  • Xavier

    Their next demand will be to get rid of human drivers to stop accidents.

    • That will come.

    • V10_Rob

      A year or 3 ago, a newspaper (one of those small free dailies on transit routes) ran a couple pages of mock articles from a couple decades in the future. One of them reported on a teenager who was facing serious criminal charges for hacking the controls of his vehicle and then driving manually (at normal speeds) several kilometers on public streets.

      It closes with disturbingly believable admonishments from police and officials as to how dangerous it is for humans to operate motor vehicles, and that subversion of automated controls represents an unconscionable endangerment to the public.

    • pike bishop

      Why not get rid of passengers too. Send the car out for pizza & liquor.

  • Tokenn

    Hahaha…AUTOmobiles will have to be quite a bit smarter before they’re safe to allow out on their own. Still, betting against technology is usually a losing game… I plan on buying one more car before retirement time, and after it’s done I fully expect to take advantage of robot cars, Uber-style…

  • tom_billesley

    There’ll be a long period of discovering and compensating for failure to anticipate all changes to road conditions e.g. the robot car would drive you into a gradually deepening flood, or be brought to a halt by white paint spilled on the road.

  • Tom Forsythe

    This is a tough issue for me. On the one hand, driverless cars would be a dream come true for the left (do I really need to explain it), and there are obvious flaws that will be very difficult to work out.

    But on the other, car crashes do kill an awful lot of people, usually because of driver error.

  • bob e

    ha ha .. good one

  • Clausewitz

    Either way they still drive better than Asian women.