Self-Driving Cars

PREPPING SELF-DRIVING CARS FOR THE WORLD’S MOST CHAOTIC CITIES

Unstructured Driving:Even Patriots fans look like goody two-shoes compared to developing world drivers who have little to zero respect for lanes, traffic signals, warning signs, and speed limits.”There are no rules here. Everything is possible,” said Daniel Asmar, a computer-vision expert and engineering professor at the American University of Beirut. “Humans can deal quite well with that, even if they get frustrated and honk at each other.” For computers, the chaos would be an enormous challenge.

 

Toyota wants to get us truly crushing on cars

Toyota is very invested in love. The automaker has a central philosophy of making vehicles that inspire ‘Aisha,’ a concept that literally means “beloved car” in Japanese.The key to making ‘Aisha’ work in this new era, Toyota believes, lies in using artificial intelligence to broaden its definition, and to transform cars from something that people are merely interested in and passionate about, into something that people can actually bond with – and even come to think of as a partner.

SELF-DRIVING CARS WILL KILL PEOPLE. WHO DECIDES WHO DIES?

Like any computer, a driverless car will not do anything unless instructed. A programmer can’t simply give it instructions for most scenarios and avoid thinking about edge cases. At the same time, a driverless car must make decisions within a fraction of a second. There is no opportunity to present the circumstances to an external, human “road jury” for review.

Five billion-dollar businesses for the driverless future

Automotive industry is transitioning from per-vehicle to per-mile economics. Historically, the automotive industry has been measured by how quickly it assembles cars, pushes them to customers, lends money against them, and collects money to maintain and upgrade them.
Tomorrow, the industry will be measured by how many miles it moves passengers, and how much margin it generates on every mile traveled.

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