Here’s what’s happening in AV news (Autonomous Vehicle) this week:
Are we becoming so reliant on technology that we’re no longer paying attention? A report from the National Traffic Safety Administration finds that one in five drivers are so reliant on backup aids (audible proximity alerts that emit high-pitched beeps when approaching an object while in reverse) that they have caused or nearly caused accidents while driving vehicles without the technology. So when fully autonomous vehicles become ubiquitous, will we be even less attentive?
Science Robotics recently published research that pit an AV against a human racing driver on a track. The goal of this experiment is to test how an AV operates in extreme conditions. Devin Coldewey from TechCrunch questioned “If the worst should happen and a car needs to exceed ordinary bounds of handling, can it be trusted to do so? And how would you build an AI agent that can do so?”
Self-driving cars, IoT, data science, AI: how Udacity’s nanodegrees are skilling students for jobs in these new-age technologies
Conventional colleges aren’t equipped to educate students on the technologies of the future. Short online courses — nanodegrees — from Udacity are designed to bridge the gap between the demand for engineers and the lack of training available.
Tesla recently filed lawsuits against four former employees and their new employer, Zoox, accusing them of stealing trade secrets. This isn’t the first lawsuit Tesla has filed against its own employees, and Tesla isn’t the first self-driving carmaker to file such lawsuits.
Thakkar, Vatsal G. ( 23 March 2019). Forget Self-Driving Cars. Bring Back the Stick Shift. The New York Times.
Coldewey, Devin. (27 March 2019). This self-driving AI faced off against a champion racer (kind of). TechCrunch.
Majumdar, Debleena. (25 March 2019). Self-driving cars, IoT, data science, AI: how Udacity’s nanodegrees are skilling students for jobs in these new-age technologies. Economics Times Prime.
Grant, Conner. (22 March 2019). Tesla sues Zoox in the latest lawsuit between self-driving car companies. The Hustle.