I thought about that as well as I crawled over potholes in St. Paul. If I'm using a car sharing service then frankly I don't care what happens to their car (unless I get charged for damages), but if I own it then I guess I'm not using it when potholes are prevalent.Unrelated to the pedestrian discussion.
I had a thought this morning... it's pot hole season. As drivers many of us watch for the BIG ONE and will modify how we drive. Options are usually straddling a pot hole or slightly going over a line. Think we'll see an increase in blown out tires once the driverless cars don't look for pot holes?
Also, really stupid question, but lets say some stupid teenagers throw a bucket of water at an AV. Will sensors detect that its a liquid and drive through it, or will it slam on the brakes and give the rider(s) a heart attack? I can neither confirm nor deny that my friends did something similar when they were young, but with a bottle of sand.