To drive safely in a human world, robots must learn to think like us — or at least understand how humans think. But how will they learn?
Ask most people if they would prefer a car driven by a robot to a car driven by a human who is distracted by a phone, and most will err on the side of caution and control and choose the robot.
If only things were that straightforward. The truth is humans and robots make an imperfect combination on the roads; the perfect storm of man versus machine.
Robots are extremely good at following rules — often far faster and more efficiently than people, without getting tired, distracted or drunk. But they are not as good at deducing how humans will behave than other humans are.