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Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2017 23:41:31 -0400

``We call it the freezing robot problem,'' says Anca Dragan, who studies autonomy in UC Berkeley's electric engineering and computer sciences department. ``Anything the car could do is too risky, because there is some worst-case human action that would lead to a collision.''

Expect a thaw. Researchers like Dragan are tackling the challenges of interpreting --and predicting -- human behavior to make self-driving cars safer and more efficient, but also more assertive. After all, if every machine screeches to a stop for every unpredictable human, we'll have soon millions of terrified robots choking the streets.


Humans ... think? Author must not have been on the road lately.

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