Despite High Hopes, Self-Driving Cars Are ‘Way in the Future’

Despite High Hopes, Self-Driving Cars Are ‘Way in the Future’

Ford and other companies say the industry overestimated the arrival of autonomous vehicles, which still struggle to anticipate what other drivers and pedestrians will do.

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Many in the industry attribute the delay to something as obvious as it is stubborn: human behavior.

China, which has the world’s largest auto market and is investing heavily in electric vehicles, is trailing in development of self-driving cars, analysts say.

Equally challenging is teaching self-driving cars the finer points of driving, sometimes known as “micro maneuvers.” The technology is available now to create a car that won’t hit anything. But such a car would constantly slam on the brakes.

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