Then the second day, just after it rained, same car, same equipment, same software:

For the full effect, take a tip from IEEE and click here for the YouTube Doubler version to see them side-by-side.


The issues with the KAIST Unmanned Systems Research Group's car were numerous, but the biggest problems had less to do with the slippery road surface and more to do with the visual systems. Those cameras and LIDAR arrays are dependent on a clear view, and with the angle of the car shifting and the direction of the sun, the sensors fail to pick up everything from street signs to lane markings and even pedestrians. And it just keeps getting worse.

The team has to hit the emergency stop button at least twice, veers onto the side of the road, doesn't see a curb and almost slams into a light pole, and then smacks into a barrier when parking.


But even during the dry run the car hits the barricades, so even in perfect conditions there are kinks to work out.

And it could've been worse:

Hey, at least it signaled.