Category Archives: autonomous cars

Boeing crash shows problem for self-driving cars, says Daimler chief

Martin Daum, chief executive of the Daimler trucking division, which acquired self-driving software group Torc Robotics last week, said in a recent interview that “the biggest question” for autonomous technology was how people would respond to crashes in cars controlled by it — even once it is clear that such vehicles are safer than those driven by human drivers, although still not entirely free of flaws.

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Forget Self-Driving Cars. Bring Back the Stick Shift.

Technology meant to save us from distraction is making us less attentive.

Uber’s march toward a self-driving car hit a major speed bump last year in Tempe, Ariz., when one of its self-driving Volvos struck and killed a pedestrian. While a lot of focus was on how a vehicle with cameras and radar sensors could completely miss a human being on the road, less has been said about the failure of the most intricately programmed system in the vehicle — the brain of the human in the driver’s seat.

“Datasets used to train autonomous vehicles almost never contain babies sitting in the road”