It will be a fair while before a self-driving car can out-compete an expert human driving operating at the top of their game, but that's not the point. The point of the AI is to be, on average, better than an average human driver on any given day. Considering how many accidents occur due to people simply failing to "drive" by not paying attention, it's a pretty low bar.
There will always be a small number of fatal accidents attributable to AI and this will be a tragedy for the loved ones of those involved, but it will be a much smaller number than would occur by human drivers. This is a hard concept for many people to accept, just like some can't accept that in terms of preventing accidents, human lives have a monetary cost. That there is such a thing as an "acceptable death rate". We grudgingly accept if Uncle Tom killed himself because he fell asleep at the wheel. He shouldn't have driven, he should have stopped when he felt tired, but it was his decision and ultimately he died by his own hand. By comparison, his death due to a computer glitch seems arbitrary and unnecessary. Poor Tom did nothing wrong - it was the incompetence of a programmer somewhere that took him.
cricketo wrote: ↑
May 27 2019 11:09am
People flash the tesla to giveway but it doesn't see it,
You mean people speeding ?
I think this is unique to the UK, but flashing your headlights at someone can mean different things depending on the situation and context:
[*]For no obvious reason when approaching you means unexpected hazard ahead (horse rider, broken down vehicle, police speed trap)
[*]Signal anger when you just overtook another car in a manner they perceive as being too close to them (i.e. you woke them up)
[*]When behind you on a multi-lane road is a firm request to exercise some f**king lane discipline and let them pass (stop hogging the fast lane)
[*]...and the unusual one: to signal to a waiting vehicle to pull out of a junction or turn across in front of you
So the same flash of the lights can mean "get the hell out of the way - I'm coming through" or "you go first". The "giving way" gesture often occurs at relatively high speed when a vehicle is trying to merge on to a busy road. It's a signal to the merging driver that there isn't a safe gap for them to pull into, but as a courteous fellow motorist you will create one for them at the last moment and so relies on unspoken (and assumed) trust. In other situations, such as congested junctions people use it to reverse the normal right of way (priority) out of a sense of fairness or to try and help keep the traffic moving. This sometimes causes collisions when well-meaning people signal another car to proceed only to be struck by another car who couldn't see the signal.
So, yeah, hardly surprising a first-generation AI designed in California has trouble discriminating this esoteric custom.