Matthew Inman (aka The Oatmeal) ha avuto l’opportunità di provare la macchina che si guida da sola di Google in anteprima. La ha trovata molto timida e prudente. Ha raccolte le sue impressioni, divise in sei punti, sul suo blog. Questo è l’ultimo:

The unfortunate part of something this transformative is the inevitable, ardent stupidity which is going to erupt from the general public. Even if in a few years self-driving cars are proven to be ten times safer than human-operated cars, all it’s going to take is one tragic accident and the public is going to lose their minds. There will be outrage. There will be politicizing. There will be hashtags.
It’s going to suck.

But I say to hell with the public. Let them spend their waking lives putt-putting around on a crowded interstate with all the other half-lucid orangutans on their cell phones.

I say look at the bigger picture. All the self-driving cars currently on the road learn from one another, and each car now collectively possesses 40 years of driving experience. And this technology is still in its infancy.

Non è brava a evitare scoiattoli e animali piccoli, non può portarvi in montagna (almeno fino a quando non risolvono il problema che nebbia, neve e pioggia causano ai sensori) e se perde la connessione alla rete torna ad essere una macchina normale.

Poi però, scrive WIRED, è brava ad evitare i ciclisti ed è stata programmata per non rispettare la legge in certe situazioni: in autostrada, va un po’ sopra il limite consentito.

Turns out self-driving cars tend to be too polite. Google noticed that at four-way stops, the car stayed behind the stop line, waiting for its turn. Naturally, human drivers, seeing it just sitting there, took advantage and crossed ahead of it. So the team rejiggered the car to slowly inch forward at stop signs, signaling to other drivers that it wants its turn.