Wheels (Australia) - - Innovation­s -

The most di­vi­sive in­no­va­tion of the past decade? That’d prob­a­bly be the rise of au­ton­o­mous ve­hi­cle tech. Keep­ing the least in­ter­ested driv­ers away from a steer­ing wheel and pedal set seems a good idea to us, leav­ing con­trol of a ve­hi­cle to peo­ple who are in­vested in the act of driv­ing. As we’ve seen though, mix­ing ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence with the va­garies of hu­man de­ci­sion-mak­ing can be tricky, so squar­ing that cir­cle will lead to an in­ter­est­ing few years and vast tech­ni­cal chal­lenges. The safety ben­e­fits, re­duc­tion in con­ges­tion and pro­duc­tiv­ity gains in­her­ent in au­to­mated ve­hi­cles present key points of dif­fer­en­ti­a­tion to car man­u­fac­tur­ers that ap­pear too lu­cra­tive to over­look.

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