Uber’s self-driving cars are getting “bullied” by pedestrians and road-users, the company’s head of autonomous driving Eric Meyhofer said on Wednesday.
Meyhofer said people are “testing the boundaries of what they can do to self-driving” with rude gestures, forcing the cars to stop, and driving up close on their tails.
Google’s autonomous vehicle unit Waymo has experienced similar issues, with people slashing tires and even pulling guns on safety drivers.
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Spare a thought for Uber’s driverless cars, which are apparently getting mercilessly bullied by pedestrians and other drivers while out on the road.
That’s according to Eric Meyhofer, head of Uber’s self-driving car unit Advanced Technologies Group. Speaking at the Elevate conference in Washington DC on Wednesday, he said cameras mounted on the vehicles are capturing the hostility.
“We’ve seen people bully these cars. They feel like they can be more aggressive because we won’t take a position on it, or we’ll allow it,” said Meyhofer, according to The Daily Telegraph.
“You’re on video but still people do bully them and that’s a fascinating thing to see where people are testing the boundaries of what they can do to self-driving,” he added.
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