Reuters - self-driving cars stumped by shitty American roadways. Quote:
Volvo's North American CEO, Lex Kerssemakers, lost his cool as the automaker's semi-autonomous prototype sporadically refused to drive itself during a press event at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
"It can't find the lane markings!" Kerssemakers griped to Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was at the wheel. "You need to paint the bloody roads here!"
Shoddy infrastructure has become a roadblock to the development of self-driving cars, vexing engineers and adding time and cost. Poor markings and uneven signage on the 3 million miles of paved roads in the United States are forcing automakers to develop more sophisticated sensors and maps to compensate, industry executives say.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently called the mundane issue of faded lane markings "crazy," complaining they confused his semi-autonomous cars.
On the one hand, yes it's nice to gloat over the pathetic state of the US road system, and how it's the result of decade after decade of idiotic right-wing Grover Norquist blather about how all government spending is evil.
Then again, the free-market answer to this is "well, if your self-driving car needs paint markings and signage to function, why don't you car companies fucking pay for that yourself instead of demanding the taxpayer do it?"
Maybe the neo-Nazi right-wing fucktards from the corporate kleptocratic elite will learn from this that government spending generates positive externalities that allow a capitalist economy to function.
But even if they do, they'll just decide to tax the fucking slave class more.