The man behind Volvo’s forthcoming self-driving car trial in London says the vehicles will be left deliberately unmarked so that other drivers will not be tempted to “take them on”.
The Observer’s quoted Erik Coelingh, the company’s senior technical leader who says the hundred self-driving 4x4s will look no different from other models, because of fears that other road users might slam on their brakes or drive erratically in order to force the driverless cars into submission.
“From the outside you won’t see that it’s a self-driving car. From a purely scientific perspective it would be interesting to have some cars that are marked as self-driving cars and some that are not and see whether other road users react in a different way,” Coelingh told the Observer. “I would expect they will, but I don’t know how and to what extent. So just to be on the safe side they will all be unmarked cars. I’m pretty sure that people will challenge them if they are marked by doing really harsh braking in front of a self-driving car or putting themselves in the way,” he said.
The trial should start in 2018.