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Friday, October 23, 2015

Autonomy of Driverless Cars

In CWorld: At what point should cars be completely driverless?    The direction, certainly for delivery, seems to be fast approaching.   Some thoughts.

" .... If the problems that robotics encounters in extreme environments are any indicator, then self-driving cars are a bad idea, according to an MIT engineer and author of a new book on the subject. 

David Mindell, a professor of the History of Engineering and author of  Our Robots, Ourselves: Robotics and the Myths of Autonomy, said his argument against fully autonomous vehicles isn't based on principles, but on history.

"That's just proven to be a loser of an approach in a lot of other domains," Mindell said in an interview with the MIT News. "There are 40 years' worth of examples." ... " 

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