Dilemma: A choice between two options, especially undesirable ones. For the 17 of you who haven’t seen the movie Frozen, Elsa perceives that she has a choice to either “Conceal, don’t feel, Don’t let them know” or as she says, “Turn my back and slam the door… and here I stand… and here I’ll stay…… Continue reading On Feedom: Elsa’s Dilemma
So it looks like Google, Tesla, et al have another competitor. Baidu just passed a driverless test. Baidu is a Chinese competitor to Google in other areas as well. In June, the company announced plans to have a self driving car by year end. I usually think about the automated car in terms that I… Continue reading Another Player
At some point in time, engineers and lawyers will need to determine if an autonomous car needs to have a conscience. The classic thought exercise in ethics known as the trolley problem , or possibly the “fat man variant” will need to be dealt with. Wikipedia states it as well as I can hope to: The general… Continue reading Vehicular Morality: Is My Car Evil?
A month ago, Jason Laughlin posted an article about autonomous cars in Philly.com. The basic gist of the article was that autonomous cars may need to be programmed with morality. He thought that autonomous cars were a long way off, because, in his words: …the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission assembled last fall the Futures Group,… Continue reading Did Philly Miss the Future?
One of the local papers, the Delaware Local News (aka Delaware Online) had an article in the Opinion section about autonomous vehicles. I was impressed both with the editorial focus, as well as the quality of the article Similar to some of my earlier articles, the author identified drivers, especially distracted drivers as being one… Continue reading Delaware Online: Safe Driverless Cars?
One of the things I’ve alluded to and not addressed in a very straightforward manner is the fact that automation exists, full autonomy does not (today) and that there are a few steps between today and full autonomy. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has created a policy. It breaks… Continue reading Five Levels of Automation: NHTSA
A recent poster said she didn’t expect that recognizing the number of people in a car will be difficult. While I broadly agree, I do think car manufacturers are going to have to at least attempt to defeat “mischief.” Maybe it’s my all-boys teams growing up, but I think on most teams at least one guy… Continue reading Custom “Manufacturing,” Custom Apps
Most of the time, when it comes to autonomous cars, I am very positive that issues are solvable with open discussion and engineering resources. (It’s just a matter of time and money!) One of the areas about which I’m most sanguine is Navigation. Currently, navigation is one of the more advanced areas of automation for… Continue reading Navigation Prohibitions
One of the options for the Blog settings is to have “Holiday falling snow” (available until January 4.) I don’t tend to be into that sort of thing, but it did get me thinking about sensors. In my reading (and linking) over the last couple weeks, one of the common concerns was that heavy rain,… Continue reading On Snow, Sleet, Rain.