Self Driving Thursday


Google has its hands full in developing a self-driving car, and that includes trying to mitigate the damage if a car hits a pedestrian.

The great promise of self-driving cars is that they will save innumerable lives by removing the most fallible and unpredictable element from vehicle traffic: the human.

But in San Francisco at least, fickle human behavior is taking a stand.

Two of the six collisions involving autonomous vehicles in California so far this year involved humans colliding with self-driving cars, apparently on purpose, according to incident reports collected by the California department of motor vehicles.

On 10 January, a pedestrian in San Francisco’s Mission District ran across the street to confront a GM Cruise autonomous vehicle that was waiting for people to cross the road, according to an incident report filed by the car company. The pedestrian was “shouting”, the report states, and “struck the left side of the Cruise AV’s rear bumper and hatch with his entire body”.

No injuries occurred, but the car’s left tail light was damaged.

In a separate incident just a few blocks away on 28 January, a taxi driver in San Francisco got out of his car, approached a GM Cruise autonomous vehicle and “slapped the front passenger window, causing a scratch”.

The police were not called in either case.

The two human-on-robot assaults are not the first time San Franciscans have fought back – physically – against robots.

@ The Guardian

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16 Responses to Self Driving Thursday

  1. Micki says:

    Holy moly…! I did not know this:

    The National Rifle Association has been spending more money on state elections in Washington than any other state in recent years, showing the gun rights group’s willingness to flex its financial muscle here even as it has scaled back on direct contributions to influence campaigns elsewhere.

    Candidate contributions totaling about $203,000 helped the campaigns for both the Washington state House and Senate between 2012 and 2016, the most recent election year for which reliable data is available from the National Institute of Money in State Politics, a nonpartisan clearinghouse for campaign-finance information. Texas was a distant second over that period with $95,750, according to a Seattle Times analysis.

    The effort by nation’s most powerful gun-rights group to shape the makeup of the Washington Legislature comes in a state where the split between Democrats and Republicans has narrowed over years and the issue of firearm access becomes increasingly divisive.


  2. David B. Benson says:

    Den, Zero Motorcycles makes all electrics.


  3. §º¿º§ Carol says:

    Tuesday I told you we might get snow but that there wasn’t any yet. After I left here I peeked out the back door and there was a light cover of snow. By morning we had almost 9 inched again! The same wet stuff, too. I hope lots of kids got out there Wednesday, and today and made snowmen, or snow horses, or like me when I was a kid, snow toilets.

    I didn’t try to use the SUV on the drive, too scared after last time. Pete came over yesterday and with only front wheel drive made it up to the house, no problem, and left with no problem. The roads were all fine due to how wet it all was and schools weren’t even cancelled like they usually are. So hard to believe when I look around our property and see nothing but deepish snow.

    I needed to replenish the two bird feeders and gave them another suet and since hadn’t bothered to shovel a path yesterday, I traipsed thru the white stuff in my every day shoes and took care of my birdies.

    I don’t know how I missed coming here yesterday, but I guess I did.


  4. David B. Benson says:

    “… the center does not hold …”


  5. jimhitchcock says:

    Isamov’s three laws, modified:

    A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm, Unless human is an idiot. A robot must obey orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.


  6. David B. Benson says:

    Finally caught up with


  7. David B. Benson says:

    TVD bridge route; Missouri Flat Creek in muddy spate; few birds; same for raindrops; 49 minutes.


  8. Micki says:

    Meeting in May? Trump & Kim Jung Un, the dynamic duo of insults?

    This would be an amazing breakthrough!

    I hope the meeting actually takes place!

    For ordinary mortals, May is right around the corner…but for them…who knows what lurks. 😉


  9. Den says:

    Tomorrows Funneze will be post number 4160 if anyone is counting.

    Beer Goggles:


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