Why are people so angry at self-driving cars? After all, none of the reported incidents we’ve seen indicate the people attacking machines and harassing their human safety drivers are experiencing road rage. It doesn’t appear as though anyone got cut off by a robot, or got tailgated, or had one sitting at a green light in front of them.
It seems the existential threat that driverless cars represent is the sole catalyst for these outbursts.
The person who aimed a pistol at a Waymo driver expressed outrage that the company would send its vehicles into his neighborhood when police questioned him. He pointed out that an Uber-owned self-driving car had “killed someone.”