Washington Post: How fixed-gear bikes can confuse Google’s self-driving cars

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While a human driver can easily see a rider doing a track stand isn’t going anywhere, Google’s self-driving car seems to be still be figuring that out.

As the cyclist recalled:

It apparently detected my presence … and stayed stationary for several seconds. it finally began to proceed, but as it did, I rolled forward an inch while still standing. The car immediately stopped…

I continued to stand, it continued to stay stopped. Then as it began to move again, I had to rock the bike to maintain balance. It stopped abruptly.

We repeated this little dance for about two full minutes and the car never made it past the middle of the intersection. The two guys inside were laughing and punching stuff into a laptop.

Despite the awkward encounter, the cyclist didn’t leave with a negative impression of self-driving cars.

“The odd thing is,” wrote the cyclist, “I felt safer dealing with a self-driving car than a human-operated one.”

Hilarious! Read the rest of it here:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2015/08/26/how-fixed-gear-bikes-can-confuse-googles-self-driving-cars/

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