gitgeezer wrote: ↑
Mon Jul 22, 2019 3:17 am
An article in today's New York Times quotes several people in the industry saying that previous estimates of the time required to get self-driving cars on the road were too optimistic. According to the article, "Despite High Hopes, Self-Driving Cars Are Way in the Future," "Ford and other companies say the industry overestimated the arrival of autonomous vehicles, which still struggle to anticipate what other drivers and pedestrians will do."
The problem is pedestrians, drivers, and vehicles behaving in wildly crazy and illegal ways that the software cannot anticipate. It was once thought that these situations would be rare, but studies now show that they are commonplace. Though the technology now allows the self-driving car to "see" everything around it, it cannot always predict what will happen next.
People don’t act as rationally and predictably as machines? Who knew? Methinks AV developers need more psychologists and sociologists on their staff. And when the insurers, lawyers and politicians get properly stuck in things will become more complicated yet. Humans are such a nuisance!