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Renault chief exec takes swipe at cyclists after calling them ‘one of the biggest problems’ for driverless cars

Renault chief exec takes swipe at cyclists after calling them ‘one of the biggest problems’ for driverless cars

“They don’t respect any rules usually” Renault’s chief executive, Carlos Ghosn, says the first semi-autonomous vehicles will appear this year with a fully autonomous car expected to be on the market by 2020. However, he also said that cyclists were proving one of the biggest stumbling blocks when it came to refining the new technology.

"One of the biggest problems is people with bicycles, because they don’t respect any rules usually,” said Ghosn.

He told CNBC (link is external) that cyclists ‘confuse’ driverless cars. “From time-to-time they behave like pedestrians and from time-to-time they behave like cars.”

In August , a cyclist doing a trackstand paralysed a Google self-driving car as it struggled to judge whether the rider was in motion or not. If in doubt, the car remains stationary, leading to a bizarre standoff between the two.

Jason Torrance, policy director at Sustrans, reminded Ghosn that it was Renault’s responsibility to develop a product fit for use.

"Advocates of driverless cars often forget that people live next to roads and use them regularly, so safety must be prioritised, especially when normal unpredictable and legal human behaviour comes into contact with driverless machines."One of the main issues with driverless technology thus far […]

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