An article in Fast Company on the rush for fully autonomous vehicles at the expense of near-ready automotive safety features includes thoughts from AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer:
In the rush to achieve fully autonomous driving, it appears we may be shorting advances in near-term technology development, says Dr. Reimer. He is concerned that a significant investment in autonomy is presenting a barrier to more incremental increases in safety, during the transition from driven to driverless.
“With every investment comes a cost; there is just so much money in any one pot,” Reimer says. “What is the cost of focusing on autonomy rather than increased investment in human centered driver aids, also known as advanced driver assist systems (ADAS), that can help us today?”
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