Google Is Making Its Self-Driving Cars More Human-Like

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Jaime Waydo, who heads up engineering for Google’s self-driving cars initiative, says that her team is constantly coming up with new scenarios to try to teach the vehicles safety abilities. The problem that companies like Google are finding out, at least initially, is that autonomous vehicles are a bit too cautious.

Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group, has formally requested that the California DMV update its rules to require autonomous vehicle testers to submit more data when accidents happen. Such incidences have reportedly led to a few accidents that could have been avoided.

But John Simpson, privacy project director for Consumer Watchdog, said the world needs to make sure the vehicles are safe first.

Things have actually gone pretty smoothly so far. And the company is baking other forms of human flexibility into the cars so they can deal with whatever unlikely event occurs on the road.

Twelve minutes into the test drive, Google’s vehicle drifted toward the center of a two-way street, driving over the double-yellow line to get around a parked car-the result of another change.

“Some of the public is potentially in harm’s way, and that means there needs to be absolute transparency about what goes wrong”, Simpson said. Under state law, companies wishing to test autonomous vehicle technology on public roads need a permit for each vehicle from the DMV. Tesla had the next-largest fleet at 12 cars.

He became a driver in a driverless auto.

They may be a nuisance to other drivers around Google’s headquarters in Mountain View but as you can imagine, it’s better to get these sort of kinks worked out not now rather than once they’re commercially available.

To date, Google has reported a handful of accidents and incidents involving the cars, but none have been attributed to the software.

Still, Simpson said, the company should be releasing all it has for every accident. We think that’s really the big opportunity to help people. He submitted the request on September 24.

“Today, 1.2 million are killed worldwide each year, 33,000 of them in the U.S. I have a hard time with that number”, Urmson said.

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