In fact, they “hate them.”
Alphabet’s self-driving cars are annoying their neighbors in Chandler, Arizona.
More than a dozen locals who work near Waymo’s office gave The Information the same unequivocal assessment of the cars, which reportedly struggle to cross a T-intersection there: “I hate them.”
One woman said that she almost hit one of the company’s minivans because it suddenly stopped while trying to make a right turn, while another man said that he gets so frustrated waiting for the cars to cross the intersection that he has illegally driven around them.
The anecdotes highlight how challenging it can be for self-driving cars, which are programmed to drive conservatively, to master situations that human drivers can handle with relative ease — like merging or finding a gap in traffic to make a turn.
Waymo has been testing its vehicles in the Phoenix suburbs for little more than a year and is widely seen as the furthest along in the self-driving car space, but its safety drivers have to take control of the vehicles regularly, people with direct knowledge of the issues tell The Information.
They’re counting on people to become conditioned to the annoyance and to the loss of freedom via lost driving autonomy. There’s a plan to make these droid taxis the only option available for transportation. Stay annoyed and stay vigilant, Chandler.