Autonomous vehicles not ready for the road

Self-driving cars found to still need human drivers...

Autonomous vehicles not ready for the road

Self-driving vehicles are all the rage with big hopes for the future but a new study says they aren’t ready to take on the task of driving all by themselves.

US consumer advocate organisation Consumer Watchdog has collated reports from different robot car companies and concluded that at this stage autonomous vehicles are not ready to be deployed without a human driver behind the wheel.

They found there were too many instances of disengagements, or times when they lost control and human intervention was required.

Serving as a good yardstick, the Google car has experienced software glitches, executed unwanted manoeuvres and had issues with dealing with other cars on the road, construction zones and generally perceiving its surroundings.

Robot cars by Delphi also had problems with poor lane markings, pedestrians, unexpected manoeuvres by other drivers and changing lanes in heavy traffic.

John Simpson from Consumer Watchdog says it is premature to fully trust an autonomous vehicle on public roads.

“While there has been improvement, the report shows robot cars simply aren’t ready to be released to roam our roads without human drivers.”

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Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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