People Are Bullying Uber's Self-Driving Cars
June 14, 2019—The semi-autonomous cars are the target of undue road rage, say the creators.
The Telegraph has a report that Eric Meyhofer, the head of Uber's self-driving cars unit, said at a conference that the company's driverless cars are subject to human drivers giving them rude gestures, saying things or challenging the cars to stop.
"We’ve seen people bully these cars. They feel like they can be more aggressive because we won’t take a position on it, or we’ll allow it," Meyhofer said.
The actions of bullying humans were caught on the cars' onboard cameras.
Reports last year detailed how people were slashing the tires and throwing rocks at Waymo vehicles. That company is a division of Alphabet, the parent organization of Google.