[LINK] Thought Volvos were supposed to be safe?

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Thu Mar 22 19:15:23 AEDT 2018

> On 2018/Mar/22, at 5:27 PM, David <dlochrin at key.net.au> wrote:
> On Thursday, 22 March 2018 13:37:32 AEDT Paul Bolger wrote:
>> It certainly didn't avoid, and it doesn't look like there was anything else on the road.

It looked to me like the car just drove straight into her.  You can't see much in the video because it was dark and the only illumination appears to be the car's headlights.  Never-the-less, I am sure a human driver would have seen her and avoided hitting her.  It didn't look like she was moving fast, just walking, wheeling her bike.  If this is an example of a self-driving car, it doesn't seem like it even basic sense.

> And it was also good weather.  Light glinting on the rims of her bicycle wheels straight in front of the car is visible for about one second before impact, which should have given plenty of time for emergency braking to at least be initiated.
>> One thing it highlights is that a human who is supposedly waiting for the car to make a mistake is in reality not going to be able to react very fast.  It'd also be good to know how many days, weeks or months the chap in the drivers' seat had been watching and waiting for this to happen.
> Supposedly "self driving" cars should not be put on the market in the pious or arse-protecting expectation that a human will take over in an emergency, because that's completely unrealistic & irresponsible.  In this case the driver looks as though he's engrossed in his mobile - what else would the manufacturers, safety regulators, legislators, et al expect?

They know that which is why they are skipping level 4 autonomous driving systems and going straight to level 5.  

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