PETER STEFFEN/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Dietmar Exler, chief executive of Mercedes-Benz USA, says the real delay with seeing self-driving cars going mainstream isn’t a fault of technology, or legal issues, but all the human drivers on the road: they’ll “bully” driver-less cars.
Human drivers famously speed, cut each other off, and otherwise exemplify human error — autonomous driving cars will not: they’re programmed to play by the rules.
So, Exler says, human drivers will take advantage of the ‘bots politeness, like a big-city goon mugging a tourist from a small town.
Take merging onto a crowded exit ramp, for example: Exler tells the Los Angeles Times that humans behind the wheel will, “…look for the autonomous car and that’s where they’ll cut in.”
It’s “unlikely” the autonomous drivers will be programmed to be more aggressive, Exler says. Probably because of that whole Terminator thing.
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