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Google Self-Driving Car Crashes Into Bus In California
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TerryB
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3/2/2016 | 3:50:58 PM
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Well, it's only a 2004 model year sports car. :-)  Liability will be a huge issue on self driving cars. Huge. I'm somewhat surprised so many companies looking to take that on. Google is one deep pocket!
vnewman2
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3/2/2016 | 3:47:30 PM
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"But a human would have punched it if deciding to go, certainly could beat a bus going 15 mph if ahead of it at time."

Great point.  

But now that this information is out there, can't you just see people manpulating these exact situations and crashing into these vehicles on purpose - maybe to commit insurance fraud and trade in their beater for a...sports car perhaps???
TerryB
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3/2/2016 | 3:43:34 PM
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Agreed @vnewman. But a human would have punched it if deciding to go, certainly could beat a bus going 15 mph if ahead of it at time. One reason I drive a sports car. :-)

I'm just calling bus driver a jerk assuming he knew car was cutoff by something goofy like sand bags in road. It's one thing not to yield/give someone a break if normal merging on highway or lane reduction. It's another when driver trapped by accident or sand bags in lane. I've seen jerks speed up just to pin person on purpose, passive aggressive idiots.

Just not sure what you would do to fix that programming? Reminds me of that Seinfeld episode George tries to get his high score Frogger arcade across street before battery runs out. :-) At some point you just gotta go and let person flip you off for making him slow down. If he hits you in rear, his fault. I'm assuming car hit bus in side, never made it fully in front of bus?
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3/2/2016 | 3:28:15 PM
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"Our car had detected the approaching bus, but predicted that it would yield to us because we were ahead of it,"

Well, I suppose a human driver could have predicted the same thing, and I know plenty of people who use that aggressive driving style, especially here in California.   However, the way I was taught to drive is you can't really guess what the other person is going to do.  You have to react to what is actually happening.
TerryB
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3/1/2016 | 12:57:47 PM
Jerk Factor
I was just reading this in newspaper this morning. Sounds like bus driver was being a-hole and wanted to cut the car off. Not sure how you program around that.


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