CD Projekt held a teleconference with investors recently and the conversation revealed some details public wasn't privy to before, including that the terrible AI in Cyberpunk 2077 is apparently tied to the bugs plaguing the game.
AI systems are possibly one of the hardest challenges developers face when creating a game, especially one at the scale of Cyberpunk 2077. Then again, while the NPCs in GTA and Red Dead series are not perfect, they do put the ones in CP2077 to shame.
With all that in mind, players have been calling out CDPR for not managing to implement at least modestly advanced driving and police AI into a game that was in development for so long.
During the latest teleconference with the investors , CDPR implied that AI behaviour is such a mess due to the bugs plaguing Cyberpunk 2077, and as such, it would be fixed in the coming patches during January and February 2021.
This is a rather odd connection to make as cases of AI-crippling bugs are not exactly commonplace in the industry - the AI is either competent or inept due to its own advantages or shortcomings.
Then again, it's not excluded that bugs preventing the NPCs from functioning properly are possible, it's just that police popping up behind our backs looks like a placeholder system for the development period rather than a feature for the full product.
Driving AI, on the other hand, does indeed look like there is something preventing it from at least trying to bypass minor obstacles. Time will tell but another claim made by CDPR, that the cost of fixing CP2077 is irrelevant , does bring some hope for the future of the game.