Every city’s drivers have quirks. Studying them could make self-driving cars work anywhere

To understand why it’s so hard to make a car that drives itself, pay attention to how people cross the street next time you travel. In Los Angeles, pedestrians wait for the walk sign. In San Francisco, some do, and some don’t. In Pittsburgh or Chicago, don’t expect a car to stop just because someone’s entering a crosswalk. In Palo Alto, sticking out a toe will often prompt an oncoming car to stop…