Sure, autonomous vehicles can run safely on public roads without a driver — mostly. The operative word here is “mostly.”
It’s time that both AI developers and the tech-gullible media ceased to marvel over the incredibly fast, powerful processors and advancements of sensor technologies. Yes, science has advanced. The bigger questions to ask are how we can be sure that robocar sensors are giving out accurate perception information, whether we can explain the decisions made by AI, and — most importantly — how we validate the safety of autonomous driving.
Intel/Mobileye held a media event in Jerusalem last Thursday, offering a group of reporters a taste of travel inside Mobileye’s autonomous vehicle equipped with 12 cameras but no other sensors. The company is testing 35 AVs currently available “in inventory” out of some 100 vehicles that Intel previously promised to build before the end of this year.
The media event gave Intel/Mobileye an opportunity to show how far its team has advanced in AV development and to publicly explain a car safety concept called “the Responsibility-Sensitive Safety (RSS) model.” The goal, of course, is AVs that behave responsibly on public roads.