Friday, June 26, 2015

When Robot Cars Meet

It was going to happen sooner or later. Two autonomous vehicles would find themselves on the same road at the same time. Paul Lienert documented the encounter is a story for Reuters. What made it interesting was that the two cars came from different research laboratories. One was from Google, and the other was from Delphi Automotive. The Director of Delphi's Silicon Valley laboratory, John Absmeier, was in the latter vehicle.

Liner described the encounter as follows:
As the Delphi vehicle prepared to change lanes, a Google self-driving prototype - a Lexus RX400h crossover fitted with similar hardware and software - cut off the Audi, forcing it to abort the lane change, Absmeier said. 
The Delphi car "took appropriate action," according to Absmeier.
I like the way Absmeier was not very specific about what he meant by "appropriate." However, I have now made a decision for myself. The only automated car I'm going to get in is one that has a Dalek at the wheel!

1 comment:

jones said...

First Uber will eliminate the unionized taxi drivers, then the automated taxis will eliminate the jobs altogether. This is diminishing returns on technological progress -- growth is eliminating jobs and driving down wages -- but diminishing returns is taboo. It is only permissible to speak of growth and progress enthusiastically. While-collar jobs are next. The journal Science is starting to publish policy articles advocating the automation of research -- they don't seem to have an economist on staff -- though if they did, he or she would probably be a growth apologist anyway.