While Consumer WatchDog is trying to get better reports, data and video from self-driving cars University of Michigan researchers say self driving vehicles should be required to pass a drivers’ license test, and there may be different license levels for different levels of self-driving cars. Yes, there may be learner’s permits for autonomous cars.
A graduated license approach would be applicable should a manufacturer explicitly decide to limit the operation of its vehicles to certain conditions, until improved hardware or software become available, reported Sivalk.
- Self-driving vehicles will face, on rare occasions, ethical dilemmas in their decisionmaking.
- Sensing hardware, spatial maps and software algorithms vary among manufacturers of self-driving vehicles, resulting in variability of onroad performance—as is the case with people.
- Visual and sensing performance of self-driving vehicles in inclement weather is not yet sufficient.
- Visual pattern recognition is a potential problem for current sensing systems in self-driving vehicles (e.g., recognizing downed power lines or flooded roadways).
- Current self-driving vehicles have not yet been tested thoroughly under a variety of demanding conditions (e.g., in snow).
- Onroad performance of some current self-driving vehicles is not yet perfect, even in good weather.
We’d like to see the test scores of the California Driver’s written test where only about 50% pass the written test on the first try.