It was around 16th and Rhode Island in Potrero. The road opens up to a very wide two lane lane road. We came up behind the cruise car at this point, and the Cruise car slowed way down and basically rolled down the street in the middle of the road at 5 miles an hour. The driver in my car tailgated the Cruise car down the block until we got to a stop sign, and then the Cruise car stopped for way to long, and then we drove around them. We were the only car on the road and it was fairly dark.
It looked a bit like the car didn't have confidence to decisively move forward and the resulting action was to limp along. It's definitely tough to get the response right in this situation but I wasn't impressed with the mitigation strategy. You'd think the car would at least pull off to the side of the road if it didn't know what to do.
- recognizing double-parked vehicles and making progress past them by carefully proceeding in the oncoming (dashed yellow line) lane,
- making challenging left turns with oncoming cars, safely recognizing unpredictable pedestrian activity but still making progress,
- recognizing traffic cones and obeying a temporary merge right sign.
This is a fun video - it suggests they can assume some more complex and adaptable strategies.
I would like to see them deal with a flag-person directing traffic. Those folks are poorly trained in my experience and give ad hoc signals. It may come down to properly training people to consistently signal self-driving cars.
I frequently see their cars on Folsom street in the Mission. I've seen their cars make right hand turns without being fully in the right hand lane. There is a bike lane and a lot of bike traffic on that street. Their behavior puts cyclists at risk of getting hit with a right hook when they are going straight through an intersection.
Based on everything I've seen, I'd much rather have a human driver than Cruise so far.
Eg there seems to be a habit of driving right up behind parked vehicles, stopping, moving out (and then hesitating in the other lane), etc, rather than just moving over to the other (clear) lane and proceeding.
1. Fails to yield to a car making a right turn
2. Decides to jump into the opposing direction "lane" to try and go around a truck which starts moving and effectively cuts it off.
3. Makes a ridiculously late left turn
They achieved the opposite of what most people want in a self driving car.
Automated bad driving and assholery.
I was stuck behind Cruise cars twice in the same week that went 2/3 of the way into an intersection and stopped until the light turned red and sat there until I honked the horn and, presumably, the safety driver took over.