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Prepping Self-Driving Cars for the World's Most Chaotic Cities

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Donald Ellison
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Self-driving cars are no longer confined to controlled test tracks or even to placid suburban streets—they’re tackling real traffic in US cities such as New York, San Francisco, and Pittsburgh.

Even Patriots fans look like goody two-shoes compared to drivers who have little to zero respect for lanes, traffic signals, warning signs, and speed limits.

Autonomous driving requires understanding the intent and trajectory of everyone and everything on the road: vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, construction workers, playing children, pets, an errant dart from a Nerf gun.

In driving environments governed by a set of rules that people actually follow, the law limits the sorts of behaviors an autonomous vehicle should expect in the world around it.

Compared to suburban and even urban America, driving environments in many Middle Eastern and African countries have all the structure of a jellyfish.

Even if detailed maps existed, they would require intensive upkeep.

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