Robots can get driver's license in Nevada


by Pythagorean
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They require a bond of 1-3 million dollars to drive your robotic car, but that certainly might be worth it for trucks. A driver that only has to stop for gas and repairs? It might give a whole new meaning to "truck stop".

In another ten years IBM should have their second neuromorphic chip and then we'll see the real terminators start to roll of the assembly line. Robotic cars that learn from experience going to simulated driving school. Cars marketed for the congenial personality of the robotic chauffeur. I just hope the economy models don't demand too much attention.
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Quote Quote by Office_Shredder View Post
Actually I'm a bit intrigued of what percent of the time the driver isn't required. For example every time you need to drive your kid someplace, you wouldn't need to do that anymore. Anytime you need to drop a package off someplace, you can just send the car to do that for you. But would people trust their vehicle to do these things?
How awesome would it be to send your car to grab your Chinese take-out from the restaurant down the street (when you could have walked instead)?
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1) There's no way I trust the place to get the order right without me there to verify it :P

2) If everyone starts doing it, you have a single location where unsupervised vehicles pull up unlocked waiting for somebody to put something in it? Just hop in and drive away man.
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Admittedly, I have not followed the topic religiously, but as I confess to being a 'naysayer' -- not a denier, but a "sayer" with some "nays," I would like to communicate my concerns. Humans do stupid things, and certainly the roadway is no exception, but until I see some convincing proof, so far as I am aware, the human brain is far more capable of handling dynamic situations than an artificial computer.

How well can a robot driver identify what is ahead? Can it analyze the erratic driving of another car caused by another driver and determine the likelihood that it is being operated by someone too intoxicated or exhausted to drive predictably, and adjust a safety margin around that vehicle to compensate? Can it see and analyze a puddle, determine the risk of hydroplaning causing loss of control, and adjust driving for safety around it? Can it determine when an obstruction on a roadway or other conditions necessitate temporarily passing the obstruction into oncoming lanes when it is safe to do so? Can it read temporary 'detour' signs diverting traffic from, say, one side of a freeway to the other that cause modern GPS navigation systems to determine you are driving the 'wrong way' and must 'turn around?' Can it react to material falling off a truck or rock at freeway speeds? Can it realize when getting to a destination is impossible because of severe weather conditions, completely stopped traffic or other hurdles and it is time to give up and go home instead?

As I said, I have not followed autonomous drivers, so I do not know the answers to these. Is the answer to each absolutely, yes, the robot driver can handle all of these situations at least as well as a human driver?
Can it handle a child running after a ball it kicked to the other side of the street? I don't think so.
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Quote Quote by Office_Shredder View Post
1) There's no way I trust the place to get the order right without me there to verify it :P

2) If everyone starts doing it, you have a single location where unsupervised vehicles pull up unlocked waiting for somebody to put something in it? Just hop in and drive away man.
Naw, it will have a cargo compartment that you will give a temporay acces # to the restraunt for. No unlocked doors
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(that was meant as a prediction, not a statement of fact)
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Can it handle a child running after a ball it kicked to the other side of the street? I don't think so.
Yes of course it can.

Pythagorean, yeah that's pretty obvious I don't know why I thought they would have to sit it in the front seat or something
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Yes of course it can.

Pythagorean, yeah that's pretty obvious I don't know why I thought they would have to sit it in the front seat or something
Why would it? The ball is on the other side of the street, the kid is running in front of the car. Unless it knows that kids play and run after balls, it shouldn't be able to know stuff like that.
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It shouldn't matter what the child is running after, sensors would alert the "driver" that something is about to intersect its path and the car would stop or otherwise avoid the child.
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Why would it? The ball is on the other side of the street, the kid is running in front of the car. Unless it knows that kids play and run after balls, it shouldn't be able to know stuff like that.

http://jalopnik.com/5851324/how-goog...ving-car-works

It tracks its surroundings omnidirectionally. So it will be able to detect the kid running towards the street and stop to allow him to cross
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Possible, I didn't read the article. Guess as long as it doesn't drive too fast it's okay.
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I'm sure Google is very glad to have received your blessings, Marco.
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Considering that most of Nevada has a population density of less than 10 people per square mile (according to wikipedia), close encounters with kids playing with balls is probably not much of an issue.

In that environment, I expect a human could pass the driving test without ever meeting most hazard situations for real.
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Like anyone cares? It's just something I've witnessed once. It ain't nice.
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From what I've seen human drivers do, I would welcome driving along side a robot!
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Like anyone cares? It's just something I've witnessed once. It ain't nice.
Was a robot driving the car?
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Kid getting overrun by a car since it was only watching the ball it was running after.

Oh, no, a robot wasn't driving the car. Guess there would be an argument for it since response time might be faster. Then again, the kid was darting out from between two cars anyway. No idea.
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That's a situation where the robot driver could be superior to a human, because the robot driver has constant 360 degree vision and literally can't fail to notice the kid (barring sensor errors or something) whereas a human driver might not be as attentive


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