How do you train a robot to interact appropriately with people?

  • Self-driving cars need to be able to predict and react to human behavior, not an easy task for programmers to manage.
  • Cars that treat human drivers as strictly obstacles to be avoided can be overly defensive; giving self-driving cars the ability to test how people will react leads to better results.

SAN FRANCISCO — When you picture the future of transportation, you probably see lanes of autonomous cars driving highways full of humans hither and yon, with no carbon-based life forms taking control of the wheel.