AgeLab Research Scientist Bryan Reimer provides his thoughts in a Forbes piece on approaches to the implementation of autonomous vehicles:
MIT’s Reimer thinks it could take decades of refinement until robots truly change how most people get around. For now, winning public acceptance for the technology means finding ways to validate how well it performs in the real world. In other words, a steady ground game is better than a Hail Mary pass for autonomous technology.
“The view for companies like Waymo is `we have to be able to show functional safety. Otherwise, we can't protect our decisions in a court of law, where this will all end up long term,’” he said. “Elon [Musk] is working mostly on the deep neural net side where a good chunk of it is a black box. Documenting, defending that in court is going to be tough.”
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