As the National Transportation Safety Board opens an inquiry into the latest crash involving a self-driving car, it’s a good time for a critical review of the technical literature. What it reveals is that autonomous vehicles don’t work as well as their creators might like the public to believe.
Autonomous cars, for starters, don’t track the center line of the street well on ill-maintained roads. They can’t operate on streets where the line markings are worn away. These cars also don’t operate in snow and other bad weather because they can’t “see” in these conditions.
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