OK, I was going to make a new forum for Consumer Electronics, but it seemed like a PITA so I'm dumping this here instead.
Discussion about self-driving cars. My family here thinks it will never work due to complexity. I'm of the opinion that it is only a matter of time before it is good enough. Here's something to start the thread:
I am a very defensive driver. One thing I always do is slow down at intersections, because I have seen bad things too many times: People overtaking (passing) through an intersection (meaning both lanes are occupied, coming at you from the side street), people running red lights, etc. If I am going slower, I have more time to counteract. I NEVER do the speed limit through those. If you can't see the other lanes of traffic (i.e. where people might come in front of you), I slow WAY down. This happens a lot on 4 lane blacktops, where there are two lanes of traffic on your side. If there is a line of cars to your left, sometimes they pause to let a car through turning left. If your lane is free (open), they can appear right in front of you before you know it. So, I also never overtake the next lane if the traffic is slow or stopped.The Uber vehicle, a Volvo XC90 SUV, was going about 38 miles an hour, slightly under the 40 mph speed limit, as it approached the intersection where traffic turning left was backed up, according to a written statement from Patrick Murphy, the company’s employee who was behind the wheel in case he needed to take control.
The Volvo entered the intersection heading straight on a yellow light. “As I entered the intersection, I saw the vehicle turning left,” Mr. Murphy wrote. “There was no time to react as there was a blind spot created by the line of traffic.”
A person who witnessed the accident said in the report that the Uber car was at fault for “trying to beat the light and hitting the gas so hard.”
I don't know how accurate those eye witnesses are, and I doubt the uber car is programmed to Starman through traffic lights. Sometimes, there really is no way to avoid an accident