When both drivers are in error, people blame the computerized one more

A two-car crash may now involve as many as four drivers, not all of them human.

Enlarge / A two-car crash
may now involve as many as four drivers, not all of them human.
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Tonight, drivers in the US will kill more pedestrians than any
other night of the year. An increase in people walking in low-light
conditions makes Halloween the most
dangerous night of the year
for pedestrians.

Pedestrian deaths are on the rise overall, as cars become safer
for drivers
but more dangerous for everyone else
. Sophisticated pedestrian
detection systems, which are becoming more common in cars, aren’t
doing particularly well. Some of them score
highly on easier tests
in broad daylight, but they do not
fare so well
in more difficult conditions like low light.

When a driver shares the blame for a pedestrian death with an
automated car, how do people assign blame? A study in Nature Human
Behaviour this week suggests that people may focus their ire on the
human in a shared-control situation. The authors argue that this
could result in an under-regulation of the safety of shared-control
vehicles.

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When both drivers are in error, people blame the computerized one more