Jargon Watch: What ‘Roadmanship’ Means to a Self-Driving Car

February 18, 2019

Via: Wired


n. A proposed safety standard for self-driving cars, based on the road etiquette of humans.

In 1909, when horseless carriages were all the rage, a magazine called Country Life in America advised new drivers on “the ­ethics of good roadmanship.” Motorists, it urged, should go slow to avoid spooking the animals pulling other vehicles.

Today we face a similar anxious transition with the advent of driverless carriages, and that quaint term, roadmanship, is back in circulation. A new Rand Corporation report, commissioned by Uber, revives the notion as a basis for long-­overdue safety standards in autonomous vehicles.

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