Often the way that humans do things is completely arbitrary and prone to errors. That doesn't translate well to a machine.
Yep. I understand that.
The more logical choice is in fact to reduce errors and make the things we do less arbitrary.
Nope. The logical choice is to remember that humans do things the human way and will continue to do so even after a perfect engineering-based solution is created. Building a system that depends on humans doing things the machine way is building a system designed to fail.
Let's face it, a major reason why people want autonomous cars is because the way that humans do things doesn't always work that well.
There are two major reasons. The biggest, as far as I can determine, is that "I hate to drive". Period. The other one is an unfounded and as-yet unsupported belief that autonomous vehicles will eliminate traffic deaths and accidents. Lots of unicorns and pixie dust from AV proponents, but not much factual proof. "Under well-controlled circumstances ... for a limited amount of time ... with human engineers supervising" isn't proof. Changing the way the world works based on pie in the sky pipe dreams is silly.
It would be kind of pointless to try to program the machines to act just like us.
I didn't say we should do that. I said they need to understand how humans do things. In the context of addresses, for example, they need to understand that "123 Main Street" won't always be right across the street from "124 Main Street", nor will "125 Main Street" always be the building right next to "123" -- but "129" might be.
It's not nonsense to change the way that we do things in order to make it easier for the machines, and us, to perform better.
It is not nonsense to want to do that, but it is nonsense to expect that it will actually happen. Remember, these changes aren't like learning how to use a smart phone in the way the smart phone designers want you to because it was easier to program them that way -- that's a voluntary activity. To change the entire world to work the way AVs need them to work to make that system safe and functional requires a huge number of involuntary participants changing how they do things.
Let's face it. Many, if not most, of those involuntary participants will see no benefit to changing. For example, I see no benefit to using my ZIP+4 when telling people my address. You see, I understand that the mail I get is delivered to the local post office based on the five digit ZIP, and then is sorted by a human who looks at the street address. Those extra four digits? Useless. Nice idea but not worth the effort because it wasn't implemented fully. The "last mile" doesn't make use of those digits, and the "last mile" is what they represent.
You can't just change the way people who "drive" an AV do things, you need to change how everyone else does things, too. That's what makes changing the world to make AV easier to program a nonsensical thing.