Can self-driving vehicles flip off bad drivers? | Gaywheels
In November, a self-driving shuttle bus began roaming the Las Vegas strip. Within hours, it was involved in a fender-bender. The autonomous car wasn't to blame for the accident, but the whole thing might've been avoided if the vehicle had simply honked at the human driver of the other vehicle. Oddly enough, it wasn't programmed to do that. Motorists constantly use honks, waves, eye contact, and other physical signals to communicate with other drivers and avoid collisions. Can our self-driving heirs follow suit? Mashable reports: The question of whether [autonomous vehicles] can honk has wider ramifications than just the trial in Las Vegas. Robocars will share the roads with human drivers for a protracted period of time in the future, since it will probably take decades for human-operated cars to be eliminated from the roads completely. There will be a learning curve for everyone, and mixing people and robots together will require increasing levels of communication between humans and