Saturday December 12, 2015

MIT Engineer: Cars Shouldn’t Be Fully Driverless

In opposition to Google’s philosophy of fully autonomous self-driving cars, this engineer believes there should be at least some degree of manual control left to us.

If robotics in extreme environments are any guide, Mindell says, self-driving cars should not be fully self-driving. That idea, he notes, is belied by decades of examples involving spacecraft, underwater exploration, air travel, and more. In each of those spheres, fully automated vehicles have frequently been promised, yet the most state-of-the-art products still have a driver or pilot somewhere in the network. This is one reason Mindell thinks cars are not on the road to complete automation.