Fully Autonomous cars will need to read pedestrians intentions
This is arguably a rather touchy subject. It has been widely debated how fully autonomous cars will be safe enough to be trusted with the lives of pedestrians. Whether they make the choice to put the driver or pedestrians in danger.
Humans are able to read these intentions quite well. For example, whether someone is about to cross the road or where a cyclist is going to go next (although does anyone really know what they’re going do? GET RID OF THEM!).
That aside, we are on the whole quite good at gauging others moves but a car on the other hand is different, unless the car you are driving is KITT…
During this year’s LA Auto Show, Volvo and Luminar demonstrated how clever and advanced their LiDAR technology is. This detection technology can detect human poses, individual limbs at distances up to 250 metres. That’s some rather impressive stuff!
Despite this, it will still be difficult for these cars to determine what pedestrians will do next, will they run? Will they jump? Are they busy texting/looking at DriveTribe?
Software engineers are working alongside behavioural psychologists to try and create and train the technology for these camera systems to detect pedestrians.
The main point is, these autonomous cars cannot afford to make mistakes when it comes to pedestrian safety and choosing who to save. It’s a very difficult situation for these car manufacturers to be in but also very exciting to see how they solve it, if they ever do…