An Anonymous Coward writes:
A short article and video describes the latest self driving pilot program, using a minivan with what appears to be a very full suite of multiple cameras/lidars/radars all around the vehicle:https://www.automotivetestingtechnologyinternational.com/news/vehicle-development/autox-opens-fully-driverless-robotaxi-pilot-to-chinese-public.html
The video (with charming actress) does its best to defuse any concerns about driverless cars. The ride itself presents several slightly-challenging driving situations, but all at low speeds. At one point the car moves onto a larger road...where the speed limit is 40kph (25mph) and a few other cars pass the robotaxi. It's also worth noting that the roads were all pretty new (no potholes), no attempt to go into an older city center, and nearly empty. There were some large commercial vehicles in awkward locations--but it wasn't at rush hour.
No hint about how much tailoring/special-casing was done to the local maps and driving algorithms for this pilot. Your AC submitter suggests that it might not be very easy to re-train this system for another city?
But you will probably agree that the actress was well "styled", almost enough to compensate for the minivan with sensors stuck all over?
Unnatural hair color, eyelid (and God knows what else) surgery, face ironclad with caked layers of makeup, probably Botox'd all to hell.
Rather have a less-attractive but real Chink than somebody who will look like a Bogandoff brother by age 40. But my Asian buddies tell me that Chink women are bitchmost amongst the Asians due to the positive female/male ratio of China amidst their rising cosmopolitanism. I'm no expert of slant-eyed women anyway.