Steps toward autonomy

There’s some relatively new lingo being applied to the auto industry lately.  A few of those terms that are bandied about — autonomous, self-driving, driver assist, adaptive and connected — prognosticate the future of automotive features and design. Recently, Toyota has made a big bet on another new-age concept:  artificial intelligence, commonly known as “AI.” As technologies converge, it was likely that auto manufacturers would jump on the “AI bandwagon” since the concept not only weighs heavily into robot production, but may be paramount in developing self-driving (autonomous) vehicles that can make human-like (or better) decisions in emergency driving situations. By coincidence, I just watched a movie showcasing an AI theme.  The movie, Ex Machina, featured a female AI robot intelligent enough to [SPOILER] deceive its maker, destroy him, and…


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