Self-driving Cars? Not Quite

they seem to have trouble with a lot of situations. Even self-driving leader Waymo is struggling to reach full autonomy.

Lane changes. Merging onto a highway. Left turns. And anything out of the ordinary – like a traffic accident. These all confuse the Waymo cars.

“Lane changes appear to be a problem for the cars,” Randazzo says in the video. When trying to move into a crowded lane, a Waymo car seemed to lack a human driver’s ability to anticipate other drivers’ actions and squeeze into an open spot. Instead, the vehicle would turn on its turn signal and wait for a few seconds for an opening to appear. If one didn’t appear, it would turn the turn signal off and wait for a while before trying again.

I guess our “self-driving overlords” have yet to arrive. (With apologies to Small Dead Animals.)

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