By a strange coincidence, the exact same process, and the exact same 'counter-intuitive behaviours' are the subject of research into self-driving vehicles which are learning how to drive from expert human drivers.
"What human drivers do consistently well is feel out the limits of the car and push it just a little bit further and that is where they have an advantage," said Prof Gerdes.
He added that follow-up work had been done to record what the best human drivers did with the car's brakes, steering and throttle as they drove so this could be incorporated into the control systems the Stanford team is developing.
"It's not so much the technology as the capability of the human that is our inspiration now.”
Prof Chris Gerdes
For instance, he said, in situations where the car is being driven at the limit of the grip of its tyres, the car cannot be turned via the steering wheel. Instead, said Prof Gerdes, race drivers use the brake and the throttle to force a car round a corner.
"We're learning what they are doing and it's those counter-intuitive behaviours that we are planning to put in the algorithm," he said.
Man beats robot car on race track http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-20165345
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