Thought for the month

“You know," said Arthur, "it's at times like this, when I'm trapped in a Vogon airlock with a man from Betelgeuse, and about to die of asphyxiation in deep space that I really wish I'd listened to what my mother told me when I was young." "Why, what did she tell you?" "I don't know, I didn't listen.” From The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams, Author (1952-2001)

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Who’s in control?

Whilst experts in embedded systems still argue, Toyota have been found liable for a 2007 fatal car crash. Bugs in the source code relating to the throttle control being highlighted. As we move towards self-driving cars it is not just software and electronic reliability issues that need addressing. A recent conference on intelligent transport systems discussed how self-driving cars deal with “exceptions”. Is there a danger that the technology will over de-skill the task of driving? How does the self-driving car recognise a crisis beyond its program capabilities and safely hand over control to the human driver?

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