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It didn’t help that Uber had removed most of the LIDAR sensors from that car to use on other ones. But that person entered the street where even if the car had applied the brakes immediately nothing would have changed. Had it not been an autonomous vehicle it would have been a blurb about a pedestrian stepping in front of a moving car and getting killed.But yet the car failed to react, and with fatal consequences. The program pretty much terminated after this. Would you call it stupid games if it was a diabetic having an episode vs somebody high? Plenty of people end up where they shouldn’t be, doing stuff they shouldn’t and it’s not always drug related. I know that the determination was that a human driver would have hit the lady as well- but that’s not really acceptable for a system that’s supposed to be safer is it?
The tech isn’t ready, and it won’t be for a long long time. Autonomous systems still don’t have the capability to see part of something and extrapolate what the item is. If a Tesla sees a foot, it doesn’t know there is a person attached to it unless it has been specifically coded to correlate foot to person. If a person has fallen down in a cross walk, there’s a good chance it will stop because of an obstruction, but a similar chance that it won’t recognize the obstruction as a person down in the toad.
Biggest flaw with the cars now is that they only know how to handle what has been programmed. They lack the capability to learn and adapt. It doesn’t matter if she was High, or in a place she wasn’t supposed to be. Vehicle failed to react = not ready for use.
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But it is true that pedestrian recognition is something all the car manufacturers are struggling with in their autonomous vehicle software.