I would suggest that most human drivers' instinct would be to avoid collisions (swerve instinct) and to protect themselves if possible.
Mercedes should have framed this like "we worked with various DoTs and insurance companies and did an analysis of many common human-driver car crash scenarios and analyzed what human drivers typically do, and what the outcomes were. We then engineered our car to try to have similar priorities (and overall outcomes that are at least as good) w/r/t trying to avoid damage to persons and property."
yeah, but unless you also control/audit the compiler and so on, all the way down to the chip fab, you're never gonna be 100% sure it's clean.
eg - what if Intel/Qualcomm/etc have their own backdoors built in, per order of the US government? Google/etc certainly have their own features built in. http://www.pcworld.com/article... or https://www.wired.com/2013/05/...
Or, what if there is some malicious Easter egg built into the chip? etc, etc...
Could something like this have been used to fry those Samsung phone batteries?
ie - some malicious hacking and/or industrial sabotage and/or securities manipulation?
"If you own a machine, you are in turn owned by it, and spend your time serving it..." -- Marion Zimmer Bradley, _The Forbidden Tower_