Volvo's North American CEO, Lex Kerssemakers, lost his cool as the automaker's semi-autonomous prototype sporadically refused to drive itself during a press event at the Los Angeles Auto Show.Why not? No lane markings.
"It can't find the lane markings!" Kerssemakers griped to Mayor Eric Garcetti, who was at the wheel. "You need to paint the bloody roads here!"Paint the roads? Are you high? Hardly anyone paints roads in Louisiana. I can take you to entire sections of roads that have never been painted. Good, asphalt road with nary a center stripe nor a fog line. Driving down them on a dark night is a lot of fun.
Shoddy infrastructure has become a roadblock to the development of self-driving cars, vexing engineers and adding time and cost. Poor markings and uneven signage on the 3 million miles of paved roads in the United States are forcing automakers to develop more sophisticated sensors and maps to compensate, industry executives say.This technology is still in its infancy and it will be a while before it is mature. But expecting government to paint the roads so that your technology can work, simply isn't in the cards.
Wirecutter says that they won't work in California if they need road markings. They damned sure won't work in Louisiana, either.