As all motorists will know, it is sometimes necessary to nudge out into queuing traffic or to merge into other lanes in order to reach your destination that little bit quicker.

Now Google has realised that if it wants its driverless cars to be able to compete with pushy human drivers on the open road, they too need to be more assertive.

After testing its autonomous vehicles over 700,000 miles of public road, Google’s engineers have tweaked the software that controls the cars to give them a slightly more aggressive edge.

This means that Google’s cars will inch forward at junctions, particularly those with four-way intersections, to get through ahead of other drivers.

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