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Why Self-Driving Cars Will Never Be 'Ready'

By WIRED

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  • Mike  Kerr
    Mike KerrSr. Software Engineer at FabFitFun

    This brings up a very interesting point about region differences. What if Autonomous cars needed to be “broken in” by their owners? The owner drives their car for a month and the software of the car observes and learns. But not only that. The car is linked to other cars in the area from the same manufacturer and can knowledge share machine learning statistics. If you plan a trip with your vehicle to an area it hasn’t been before it will quickly download patterns from other cars that have been driving

    This brings up a very interesting point about region differences. What if Autonomous cars needed to be “broken in” by their owners? The owner drives their car for a month and the software of the car observes and learns. But not only that. The car is linked to other cars in the area from the same manufacturer and can knowledge share machine learning statistics. If you plan a trip with your vehicle to an area it hasn’t been before it will quickly download patterns from other cars that have been driving in that area. With this active machine learning and data collection I think both the user and software engineers can help improve the judgement of the autonomous car.

  • David Yakobovitch
    David YakobovitchAI Professor at Galvanize

    To argue that self-driving cars will never be ready, is to make a similar claim that smartphones will never be good enough. And that televisions will never be good enough. Building amenities will never be good enough. This argument comes from a scarcity mentality of never good enough.

  • Ian Kumamoto
    Ian Kumamoto Student at New York University

    Nailed it. This made me think about how we tend to trust self-flying commercial planes but not self-driving cars. Just like a plane is tweaked closer to perfection after each accident, so too will this technology continue to improve. I do wonder how the technology itself will alter our personal relationship to cars— will they just become places to take naps while we get from A to B?

  • The bar is actually pretty low when compared to human drivers. As soon as autonomous vehicles can do better than causing death 1 out of every 600 times behind the wheel, they are ready.

  • Ann Pate
    Ann Pate

    It really isn't good to trust a self-anything because there are times when we can't even trust ourselves so why in the world would we trust a self-driving vehicle. Yes, technology is good sometimes but the point is that you can't leave the human out of the picture.

  • There’s currently this war on technology. AI, Facebook, self driving cars etc. I’m not necessarily saying it’s not deserved, but my hope is that a cloud clears in the next couple years. Self driven cars do have their benefits along with AI. However, people are scared right now so worries are coming out more than ever. Hopefully we can arrive at a balance of tech and what’s good for us.

  • The advantages of self-driving cars and trucks will be overwhelming within 5 years. What needs to evolve is our notion of what constitutes acceptable consequences of autonomous vehicles, including machine-caused fatalities.

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