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?
It's a little circular though, isn't it? The star trek writers came up with the borg basically as a response to saying "well we've dreamed up this techno-communist utopian society for our setting, what if we made a more extreme representation of techno-communism as a villain, by focusing on its flaws?" Pointing at a techno-communist society and noting similarities isn't groundbreaking.
I mean it's a bit like saying "wow this animal farm sounds just like Stalin's Russia". The author's on record saying that was the basis for the book.
Also do consider the status quo in china for traffic fatalities really bad. #1 in the world for 30 years running by total traffic deaths. Admittedly that has a lot do with having a high population, but at the very least India ought to be giving them a run for their money.
In traffic news today in Mumbai, a motorcycle was involved in a serious single vehicle accident. There were three fatalities and 8 serious injuries. 7 passengers escaped unharmed.
3+8+7=18 people riding and/or killed by a single motorcycle? Wow! Got to be a record even for India.
Per capita, traffic fatalities in China are on par with the US:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_traffic-related_death_rate [wikipedia.org]
Per capita, there's a LOT fewer cars in China.