Bryan Reimer on the Ojo-Yoshida Report: Robotaxi Companies Should Stop, Reboot

by Adam Felts

AgeLab Research Scientist and AVT Director Bryan Reimer appeared on the Ojo-Yoshida Report podcast to discuss recent failures of autonomous vehicles in the San Francisco Bay area:

"To succeed with advanced driver assistance, which is AVT’s primary focus, knowing “how [automation] interacts with the human is just as important as AI innovation,” Reimer noted. But the human element is also playing out with fully autonomous robotaxis in San Francisco. People are not comfortable with robots and the robots are getting in the way of the first responders because they can’t read challenging situation like humans do. Examples of non-human robot mistakes have been piling up.

In 2018, Reimer gave a TEDx talk, entitled “There’s more to the safety of driverless cars than AI.”  His focus was “transparency,” and on the “trusted information consumers need” before driverless cars become the future of mobility. Reimer’s central theme was the need for the public sector, which is responsible for protecting the safety of consumers and public roads, to collaborate with the private sector. Only together can they apply road testing to a full spectrum of understanding about how this future might work."

Read more and listen to the podcast at the Ojo-Yoshida Report.

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Adam Felts

Adam Felts is a researcher and writer at the MIT AgeLab. Currently he is involved in research on the experiences of family caregivers and the future of financial advice. He also manages the AgeLab blog and newsletter. He received his Master's in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Boston University in 2014 and his Master's of Theological Studies from Boston University in 2019.

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