Linked by David Adams on Thu 3rd Mar 2016 16:15 UTC
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Volvo recently conducted a survey and asked consumers about their perceptions of self-driving cars. The question that stood out to me was whether a car company like Volvo or a technology company (Google, unnamed) was best positioned to bring safe self-driving cars to the market. Volvo was obviously fishing for a particular answer, and while they certainly have a vaunted reputation for technical innovation in the service of safety, I'm afraid I can't go along with the answer they're hoping for, partially because safety is only part of the story. In my opinion, no car company working alone is going to be able to produce a self-driving car with the kind of usability that consumers will expect. And for self-driving cars, usability is just as important as safety. In fact, they're inseparable.

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not until 2035
by unclefester on Fri 4th Mar 2016 08:00 UTC
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A friend of mine who has a PhD in AI and an aerospace engineering degree recently told me that genuine autonomous cars are at least 20 years away. She said there needs to be a total separation of human drivers and autonomous vehicles. In practical terms this means normal cars must be totally banned from public roads to allow autonomous vehicles to operate.

IMO opinion none of the existing or potential players has the experience or safety culture necessary to develop safe autonomous vehicles. The old carmakers are run by middle aged petrol heads and the new makers (Tesla, Google etc) are run by hackers who have no idea about making failsafe software and hardware.

Autonomous vehicles systems need to be designed by aviation experts who have many decades of experience and proven design and testing processes.

Edited 2016-03-04 08:03 UTC

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RE: not until 2035
by darknexus on Fri 4th Mar 2016 13:54 in reply to "not until 2035"
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I'd not go so far as to say we need to separate them completely, but I would think it'd be necessary to have special lanes for them alongside the roads used by non-autonomous vehicles. Even human drivers can't predict what other human drivers do a lot of the time, and I'd not expect a computer to be able to keep up. I do agree with her time frame prediction however, and I suspect she's being optimistic. My stance still remains though: if I'm alive when we have them, I'm going for it!

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