COMMENT: Make way for autonomous cars

BY MARTIN KAHL. Should we fear the rise of the machines? Or celebrate the imminent demise of poor quality human decision making?Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning are becoming increasingly important as the automotive industry explores ways to develop autonomous car technology. Should we fear the rise of the machines? Or celebrate the imminent demise of poor quality human decision making?In public road testing, every crash involving autonomous cars has been down to human error – until the recent Google car / bus incident. The Valentine’s Day incident involved, according to a report filed with California’s DMV, a Google car pulling into a lane occupied by a bus. The resultant low speed collision (Google AV: 2mph, bus: 15mph) had been anticipated by the ‘driver’ of the Google AV, which was…


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