Chip on our shoulders?

This statement regarding cyclists and autonomous cars from the chief exec of Renault and Nissan is making the rounds in the cycling media this week:

“One of the biggest problems is people with bicycles,” said Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn [rhymes with “loan”]. “They don’t respect any rules usually. The car is confused by them because from time-to-time they behave like pedestrians and from time-to-time they behave like cars.”

CNBC characterized that last sentence as a “swipe” at cyclists. The CNBC lede says the bicycle is a “roadblock,” but if you watch the video accompanying the story, Ghosn’s quote comes across more as a statement of fact and and an engineering challenge the Nissan engineering group here in Silicon Valley have already worked on.

I’ve heard similar statements from Google’s autonomous car work: they acknowledge the presence of bicycles on public roads. Instead of taking a “blame the victim” stance and pushing for more regulation of bicycles, they accept the reality of how people actually behave in public spaces and engineer to deal with that reality.

I don’t have an “anti-rant” category, so file this under musings.

3 Comments

  • January 21, 2016 - 12:45 pm | Permalink

    I think we need an “anti-rant” category to encourage at least *occasionally* discussing and musing instead of … ranting. HOpefully people can figure out what “behaving like a bicyclist” is instead of trying to pretend we’re either pedestrians or drivers…

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  • Pete
    January 29, 2016 - 4:08 pm | Permalink

    I really hate it when my car gets confused.

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