Posted by HardOCP News 3:43 PM (CDT)
Monday October 31, 2016
This Volvo engineer seems to think that the best way to ensure that its self-driving cars aren't "bullied" by other cars is to make sure the vehicles are not marked as self-driving. That should fool aggressive drivers that see a Volvo driving down the road with someone reading a book / asleep behind the wheel. Wait. What?
"From the outside you won't see that it's a self-driving car. From a purely scientific perspective it would be interesting to have some cars that are marked as self-driving cars and some that are not and see whether other road users react in a different way," he told the newspaper. "I would expect they will, but I don't know how and to what extent. So just to be on the safe side they will all be unmarked cars. I'm pretty sure that people will challenge them if they are marked by doing really harsh braking in front of a self-driving car or putting themselves in the way."