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Four of the nearly 50 self-driving cars now rolling around California have gotten into accidents since September, when the state began issuing permits for companies to test them on public roads.
Three involved Lexus SUVs that Google Inc. outfitted with sensors and computing power in its aggressive effort to develop "autonomous driving," a goal the tech giant shares with traditional automakers. The parts supplier Delphi Automotive had the other accident with one of its two test vehicles.
Since September, any accident must be reported to the state Department of Motor Vehicles. The agency said there have been four, but would not comment about fault or anything else, citing California law that collision reports are confidential.
Five other companies have testing permits. In response to questions from the Associated Press, all said they had no accidents. In all, 48 cars are licensed to test on public roads.
A chief selling point for self-driving cars is safety. Their cameras, radar and laser sensors give them a far more detailed understanding of their surroundings than humans have. Their reaction times also should be faster. Cars could be programmed to adjust if they sense a crash coming — move a few feet, tighten the seat belts, honk the horn or flash the lights in hope of alerting a distracted driver.
tighten the seat belts,
originally posted by: VoidHawk
Sometimes when driving you have to do the opposite of what seems logical, I wonder how these cars would cope in such a situation?
How about interaction? For example I often let people out from a junction because I know they might be there for a long time otherwise, what would an automated car do if I were to offer to let it out?
It is an interesting time to be alive, as automated machines are slowly being integrated into our society on multiple levels. What do my ATS friends think about this?
originally posted by: rickymouse
Now, a car cannot think and see and evaluate the situation.